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The “Acting” Modifier

“Acting” indicates a temporary situation. For example, an assistant professor may be designated as acting if the academic degree normally required for the position has not been completed at the time of the appointment.

Holders of the “acting” professorial titles are members of the University Faculty but do not have voting status.

Since “acting” appointments are always temporary, the term of the appointment is normally for up to one year. It is renewable only in unusual circumstances.

The modifier “acting” may be used with the following academic titles: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, professor of the practice, associate professor of the practice, assistant professor of the practice, research professor, associate research professor, assistant research professor, clinical professor, associate clinical professor and assistant clinical professor.

Last Updated: August 19, 2017 at 11:08 am