Types of Appointments

Appointments for Faculty

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The University offers the types of appointments described below, and summarized on the Specifications for Appointment chart.

Specifications for Appointment Categories
Categories of Appointment Minimum Degree Required Category of Position Type Standard load (per year) Length of appointment during probationary period Length of Probationary Period Eligible for Change in Status Eligible for Promotion Eligible for Travel Funds/ FR&D Funds
Tenured Doctorate* Permanent 24 Hours n/a n/a n/a To Professor Yes
Tenure Track Doctorate* Permanent 24 Hours 1 year 4, 5 or 6 years Tenure To Associate Professor  Yes
Continuing Doctorate* Permanent 24 Hours 1 year 4 years Continuance Decision To Associate Professor and to Professor Yes
Lecture Track Masters Permanent 26-28 Hours 1 year 4 years Continuance Decision To Senior Lecturer Yes
Visiting Appointment Masters Permanent 24 Hours Annually for up to 3 years (May be renewed annually for up to 3 additional years) n/a  May apply for Tenure Track, Continuing Track or Lecture Track, if available n/a Travel and FR&D non-sabbatical funds
Limited Term Masters Temporary 24 Hours Annually for up to 4 years total n/a  May apply for Tenure Track, Continuing Track or Lecture Track, if available n/a Travel funds at Dean’s discretion
Part-Time Meet SACS requirements Temporary n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Librarian ALA Accredited MLS or MSIS Permanent n/a 3 months 4 years Continuance Decision To Associate Librarian and to Senior Librarian n/a

*Or terminal degree in the field or unusual experiences/accomplishments

Tenured Appointments

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As set forth in policies established by the Board of Trustees, Elon University seeks to appoint and maintain a full time permanent teaching faculty that is 85-90% tenured/tenure track.

Eligibility

Tenured appointments are for full time teaching faculty members who have been tenured.

(See section on Elon University’s process for hiring with tenure )

Faculty Load

On the 4-1-4 calendar, the standard load for faculty with tenure will be 24 semester hours.

Faculty Development

Faculty members on tenured appointments are eligible for travel funds and are eligible to compete for Faculty Research and Development funds.

Advancement Opportunities

Faculty on tenured appointments may stand for promotion from Associate Professor to Professor after at least six years in rank, of which at least four are at Elon University. Additional information on promotion may be found elsewhere in this Handbook.

Tenure Track Appointments

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As set forth in policies established by the Board of Trustees, Elon University seeks to appoint and maintain a full time permanent teaching faculty that is 85-90% tenured/tenure track.

Eligibility

Tenure track appointments are for full time teaching faculty in tenurable positions. Only full time faculty with tenure track appointments will be eligible for tenure. (see section on elon university’s process for hiring with tenure.

The doctorate, or highest degree in the discipline or field, will be a basic criterion for tenure. Exception to this standard may be made in unusual cases where work experiences and accomplishments in the discipline or field outweigh the terminal degree.

Faculty Load

On the 4-1-4 calendar, the standard load for tenure track appointments will be 24 semester hours.

Probationary Period

Tenure track appointments include a probationary period of four, five, or six years. During the probationary period these appointments are of a fixed term length, normally one academic year with no guarantee of reemployment. Following the probationary period and the tenure review process, the President may recommend tenured appointments to the Board of Trustees. The authority to grant tenure rests solely with the Board of Trustees. Those individuals not awarded tenure may be given one additional year of employment.

Faculty Development

Faculty members on tenure track appointments are eligible for travel funds and are eligible to compete for Faculty Research and Development funds.

Continuing Track Appointments

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Eligibility

The doctorate, or highest degree in the discipline or field, will be a basic criterion for continuing track appointments. Exception to this standard may be made in unusual cases where work experiences and accomplishments in the discipline or field outweigh the terminal degree.

Faculty Load

Continuing track appointments are for full time teaching faculty (24 semester hours/year) and provide for fixed term periods of employment with no expectation of tenure.

Probationary Period

Continuing track appointments include a probationary period of four years. During the probationary period, continuing track appointments are of fixed term length, normally one academic year, with no guarantee of reemployment. Information on the continuance decision may be found elsewhere in this Handbook.

Faculty Development

Faculty on continuing track appointments are eligible for travel funds equal to that of tenure/tenure track faculty and are eligible to compete equally for Faculty Research and Development funds.

Advancement Opportunities

Faculty on continuing track appointments may stand for promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor after at least six years in rank. They are also eligible to apply for promotion from Associate Professor to Professor.

Lecture Track Appointments

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Eligibility

The master’s degree will be the minimum criterion for lecture track appointments.

Faculty Load

Lecture track appointments are for full time teaching faculty (26-28 semester hours/year) and provide for fixed term periods of employment with no expectation of tenure.

Probationary Period

Lecture track appointments include a probationary period of four years. During the probationary period, lecture track appointments are of a fixed term length, normally one academic year, with no guarantee of reemployment. Information on the continuance decision may be found elsewhere in this Handbook.

Faculty Development

Faculty on lecture track appointments are eligible for travel funds equal to that of tenured/tenure track faculty and are eligible to compete equally for Faculty Research and Development funds.

Advancement Opportunities

Faculty on lecture track appointments may stand for promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer after at least six years in rank. Additional information on promotion may be found elsewhere in this Handbook.

Visiting Appointments

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Eligibility

The master’s degree will be the minimum criterion for visiting appointments.

Faculty Load

Visiting appointments are for full time teaching faculty (24 semester hours/year) and provide for fixed term periods of employment with no expectation of tenure.

Length of Employment

Visiting appointments are of fixed term length, normally one academic year, with no guarantee of reemployment, and can be renewed for a maximum of three years. If needed, a visiting appointment can be renewed up to an additional three years.

Faculty Development

Faculty on these appointments are eligible for travel funds equal to that of tenured/tenure track faculty and are eligible to compete equally for non-sabbatical Faculty Research and Development funds.

Employment Opportunities

Faculty on visiting appointments may apply for lecture track, continuing track, or tenure track appointments when they become available through the regular faculty recruitment process.

Limited Term Appointments

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Eligibility

The master’s degree will be the minimum criterion for limited term appointments.

Faculty Load

Limited term appointments are for full time teaching faculty (24 semester hours/year) and provide for fixed term periods of employment, normally one academic year with no guarantee of reemployment.

Length of Employment

Limited term appointments can be renewed for a maximum of four years.

Faculty Development

Faculty on these appointments may be eligible for travel funds at the Dean’s discretion.

Employment Opportunities

Faculty on limited term appointments may apply for lecture track, continuing track, or tenure track appointments when they become available through the regular faculty recruitment process.

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