4.06 / Joint Faculty Appointments
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 and research.
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 and Senior Vice President,
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 Department:
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.
Primary Department or Unit's Role:
- Each 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 and Senior Vice
- Any 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.
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.
- probationary period (if applicable);
- unit expectations for tenure and promotion;
- procedures for recommending salary increases and performance reviews;
- procedures for reappointment or nonreappointment decisions;
- procedures 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 department.