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The “Adjunct” Modifier

The Bylaws of the University, in Article XVII, “The Instructional and Research Staff,” describe use of the “adjunct” modifier as follows (note that “by the President” means “under presidential authority,” indicating that the appointment does not require Trustee approval):

“Adjunct Professors: Persons having professional qualifications for regular faculty appointments but who will serve only part-time may be appointed by the President to the staff of instruction and research as adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor or adjunct assistant professor. Adjunct professors or adjunct associate professors may be appointed for renewable terms of not to exceed five years each. Adjunct assistant professors may be appointed for renewable terms of not to exceed three years each.”

A person whose title is modified by “adjunct” is one who, although his or her primary responsibility is outside the department (for instance, in another department or outside the university), is willing to contribute part-time to the academic program. The appointment normally involves compensation.

The academic qualifications of individuals appointed to adjunct professorships are comparable to those of regular faculty members, and appointment procedures are identical to those for regular academic positions. Adjunct appointments of professors and associate professors can be for up to five years, while those of assistant professors are for up to three years. Both are renewable; there is no limit to the total time permissible in the titles with reappointments. The approval of the dean is required.

Individuals holding adjunct professorships are members of the University and college faculties but do not have voting privileges. Voting membership in college faculties may be conferred by the college.

The modifier “adjunct” may be used only with the titles professor, associate professor, and assistant professor.

Last Updated: August 19, 2017 at 11:12 am