Faculty appointments are
formalized by an appointment form or notice that states the term of
employment, salary, faculty rank, and appointment status. Appointment
notices for the next academic year are issued by the President's Office as
soon after the legislative session as possible.
Term of Appointment:
Academic year appointments
are for a period of approximately nine months beginning just prior to fall
registration and extending through spring commencement. Faculty duties
include teaching, advising and counseling, research, scholarly activities,
other university duties, and community and public service. Periods when
classes are not in session are normally devoted to the above-listed
non-teaching functions or to other specially scheduled activities.
Some faculty and most administrative personnel receive annual
appointments, including vacation and holidays.
Summer Session Appointments
- Some members of the faculty are appointed to teach
in the summer session. Assignment to summer session teaching is a matter
of college and departmental policy and decision, subject to guidelines
established by the director of the summer session.
The ranks granted by the
University to academic faculty are those normally bestowed by institutions
of higher education: professor, associate professor and assistant
include: provisional, regular, temporary, probationary, and tenured.
Temporary appointments are on an annual basis, are subject to renewal
based on need for instruction, and carry no expectation of reappointment.
Individuals with a temporary
appointment may not be moved to a probationary appointment without review
and specific authorization by the Provost.
Provisional appointments are for unclassified teaching
professionals and last for three years before being eligible for regular
appointment status. Probationary appointments are tenure track faculty
with consideration for tenure after the established probationary period.
Note: Lecturers/adjuncts are appointed on a semester to semester basis as
needed and do not constitute faculty appointments.
are those appointments that may, on the basis of continuing satisfactory
performance, lead to review for the award of tenure. However, probationary
appointments carry no expectation or promise that review for the award of
tenure will be undertaken or that tenure will be awarded. Probationary
appointments are reviewed on an annual basis and may or may not be
renewed. Probationary appointments will not be continued for more than
seven years. Tenured appointments will be annually renewed unless the
faculty member is dismissed through proper actions and procedures.
Any special conditions of
appointment will be included in the appointment form signed by the
employee. Special conditions of appointment include but are not limited
to: date by which a terminal degree and/or professional credentials is
expected and the consequences of non-attainment, or special conditions for
nomination for tenure review consideration (such as an additional degree
or professional credentials). It is the responsibility of the employee to
inform the department and dean of accomplishment of the conditions of
A primary academic
objective of Wichita State University is the search for and development of
new knowledge which will enhance institutional programs and contribute to
the University's research responsibilities. Recognizing the contribution
of interdisciplinary studies in meeting the objective, the University may
offer joint appointments for faculty where appropriate.
The joint appointment may
provide greater program flexibility, the enhancement of intellectual
stimulation, and broader insights into matters under faculty investigation
Joint appointments as used herein shall mean either term or continuous
appointments to at least one regular academic position in more than one
academic department, research unit, or other administrative unit. Such
appointments may be approved by the Provost, provided they do not total
more than 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) and are recommended by all
colleges, departments, and units involved.
Determination of Primary
Any joint appointment shall have one position assigned as the primary
position and the department or unit (such as administrative and research
units) within which that position is situated shall be deemed to be the
primary department or unit as herein defined.
current joint appointment or joint title shall be assigned a primary
position by the administrative officer having direct authority over all
departments or units involved in the joint appointment or joint title.
This administrative officer shall initially receive the recommendations of
the administrative heads of the departments or units involved and shall
recommend such an assignment for the holder of the joint appointment or
title to the Provost.
new joint appointment or joint title shall be assigned a primary position
at the time of such appointment by the appointing authority after this
authority receives the recommendations of the administrative heads of the
departments or units involved, who shall recommend the appointment
creating such joint appointment or joint title.
Primary Department or
After receiving the recommendation of the other units involved, the
primary department or unit shall be responsible for decisions or
recommendations regarding salary, tenure, promotion, leaves, and other
perquisites and shall be responsible for securing agreement among the
departments or units involved on the sharing of salary and support funds.
Before a faculty member first receives a joint appointment, the faculty
member and the appropriate academic units must mutually determine, record
in writing, and secure administrative approval for all conditions of the
appointment. The offer of appointment should include the following:
A copy of the offer of
appointment will be given to the appointee and will be placed in his/her
personnel file in the Office of Academic Affairs. Should any unresolved
disagreements arise among the participating units and/or faculty member,
the joint appointment shall be dissolved in accordance with the provisions
of the written agreements.
period (if applicable);
expectations for tenure and promotion;
for recommending salary increases and performance reviews;
for reappointment or non-reappointment decisions;
that apply in cases of financial exigency or the dissolution of one of
the academic units, or if the joint appointment is dissolved. Unless
otherwise specified, the faculty member will return to the primary
The Kansas Board of Regents
has adopted the following policy regarding timely notice of
non-reappointment for faculty members holding probationary appointments.
Notice of non-reappointment
should be given in writing in accordance with the following standards;
however, such standards shall not be applicable to any administrative
assignments held by the tenure track faculty member.
These statements shall
apply even during periods of declared financial exigency, unless
impossible, in which case notice shall be provided as early as possible.
later than March 1 of the first academic year of service, if the
appointment expires at the end of that year; or if a one-year
appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months
in advance of its termination.
- Not later than December 15 of the second academic year of service, if
the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if an initial
two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least six
months in advance of its termination.
least 12 months before the expiration of an appointment after two or
more years in the institution.
Kansas Board of Regents Policy
Manual, Chapter II, Section C, Item 7
April 09, 2018