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Types of Appointments

(APP Section 3.3)

Primary Appointment.  All faculty members have a primary appointment in either a department within the School of Medicine (SOM) or in the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN). Faculty members are promoted, receive the award of tenure, and are evaluated in the academic unit where they hold their primary appointment. The chair of a SOM department or the GSN Dean is responsible for recommendations for personnel actions and for performance evaluations of the faculty members with primary appointments in their department or school, except as described below.

Some faculty members may hold additional appointments in other department or schools, or may have a position in a non-department unit, such as a Center, Institute or Program, as follows.

Joint Appointment. A faculty member may have a joint appointment in two or more departments or schools that have joint fiscal responsibility for the faculty member. Joint appointments are recommended by the chairs of the departments and the GSN Dean (as applicable). The chairs of the departments and the GSN Dean (as applicable), share responsibility for personnel actions and for performance evaluations of the faculty member. One department or the GSN is designated as primary for these purposes. Expectations for the faculty member are defined by written agreement between the faculty member and, as applicable, the chairs and GSN Dean. Joint appointments are at the same academic rank in each department or school.

Secondary Appointment. A faculty member may have a secondary appointment in one or more department or school for the purpose of contributions and collaborative relationships in any of the mission areas. Secondary appointments are recommended by the chairs of both primary and secondary departments and, as applicable, the GSN Dean, and approved by the Provost or their designee. The chair or the GSN Dean must participate in personnel actions and may contribute to the performance evaluations of faculty members with secondary appointments in their department or school. Departments or schools may establish expectations for faculty members with secondary appointments. Secondary appointments are at the same academic rank as the primary appointment.

Positions in Non-Department Units.  A faculty member with a position in a non-department unit must hold a primary appointment in a SOM department or in the GSN. The chair or GSN Dean (as applicable) has primary responsibility for personnel actions for the faculty member in consultation with the director of the non-department unit. The director of the non-department unit has primary responsibility for performance evaluation of the faculty member in consultation with the chair or GSN Dean. Expectations for the faculty member are defined by written agreement between the director, chair or GSN Dean, and faculty member.

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