310 Non-tenure Track Personnel/Academic Professionals

Institutions of the University System are authorized to establish professional positions designated as non-tenure track positions. Each institution shall prepare annually, along with its budget, a list of positions so designated for submission to and approval by the Chancellor. Subsequent requests for such designations submitted during the budget year must also be approved by the Chancellor. Positions designated as non-tenure track positions or as tenure track positions may be converted to the other type only with approval by the Chancellor.

Non-tenure track positions may be established for full-time professional personnel employed in administrative positions or to staff research, technical, special, career, and public service programs or programs which are anticipated to have a limited life span or which are funded, fully or partially, through non-System sources. There shall be no maximum time limitation for service in position in this category.

The following provisions shall apply to all non-tenure track professional personnel:

A. Individuals employed in non-tenure track positions shall not be eligible for consideration for the award of tenure.

B. Probationary credit toward tenure shall not be awarded for service in non-tenure track positions.

C. Notice of intention to renew or not to renew contracts of non-tenure track personnel who have been awarded academic rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) shall follow the schedule required for tenure-track personnel. This schedule of notification shall not apply to other professional personnel.

D. Individuals employed in non-tenure track positions may apply, on an equal basis with other candidates, for tenure-track positions which may become available.

The transfer of individuals from tenure-track positions to non-tenure track positions shall be effected on a voluntary basis only. (BR Minutes, 1982-83, p. 16).

A. Transfer to Non-Tenure Track

In the event of such transfer, the Request for Transfer form should be completed and approved by the appropriate institutional officials.

B. Academic Professionals

Academic Professional titles may be assigned to appropriate professional positions (as described in the General Categories for Academic Professionals as set forth below) at Type I universities, and in special circumstances approved by the Chancellor, at other University System institutions.

Section 803.10 authorizes institutions to establish non-tenure track professional positions, with the approval of the Chancellor. Persons in such positions may be involved in duties of a managerial, research, technical, special, career, public service, or instructional support nature. Examples of such positions include, but are not limited to, Public Service Professional, Research Scientist, Research Associate, Research Engineer, and Research Technologist. The title Academic Professional would be similar to those currently in use.

The following stipulations apply to all Academic Professional positions:

1. The position requires an appropriate terminal degree or, in rare and extraordinary circumstances, qualification on the basis of demonstrably successful related experience, which exception is expressly approved by the Chancellor.

2. The Academic Professional designation may not be assigned to a position where the teaching and research responsibilities total 50% or more of the total assignment.

3. The position is not a tenure-track position, and the holder of the position is not eligible for consideration for the award to tenure, or for probationary credit toward tenure.

The designation Academic Professional will apply to a variety of academic assignments that call for academic background similar to that of a faculty member with professorial rank but which are distinctly different from professorial positions. Examples include managing instructional laboratories, assuming academic program management roles not suited for expectations applied to tenure-track faculty members, operating instructional technology support program, being responsible for general academic advising, assuming professional student counseling center responsibilities, providing specialized skill acquisition training as support for academic programs, and working with tenure-track faculty members in course and curriculum development.

General categories for Academic Professionals will include:

1. Training and Instructional Support. This includes educational needs assessment, program development and coordination, instructional materials and technology development, delivery of specialized or skill acquisition instruction, and program evaluation. In light of the restriction above, Academic Professionals must be persons whose instructional duties account for less than half of their total time.

2. Technical Assistance. An advisory or operating role which provides specialized knowledge appropriate for program support and development. The activities range from a significant or advisory or operating role to managing a technical support unit to development of organizational structures and function.

3. Specialized Management. This includes supervision of clinical practica or field experience, or providing services or out-of-class educational opportunities for students.

Career ladders may be established for Academic Professionals, using the following titles: Academic Professional Associate, Academic Professional, and Senior Academic Professional. Eligible institutions may establish those titles by presenting for the Chancellor's approval policies and procedures governing appointment and promotions within those titles. Otherwise, they may opt simply to use the title Academic Professional.

Reappointments of Academic Professionals will be made annually. Notice of reappointment and non-reappointment must be made in a timely manner consistent with Board of Regents policies. The provisions of (Section 803.10 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual shall apply to the employment of Academic Professionals.

( BOR Policy, Section 803.10, BR Minutes, 1992-1993, p. 188)