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College of Liberal Arts

Replacement Instructional Appointments -
Term Faculty and P/A Instructional

Intended as guide to replacement instructional appointments in the College of Liberal Arts.

Replacement instructional appointments include term faculty (adjunct, contract, visiting, temporary), and P/A instructional staff (lecturers and teaching specialists). Appointments may be full- or part-time

Please direct questions to the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty or CLA Human Resources, both at 612-624-9839.


Required Approvals

All replacement instructional appointments, full- and part-time, require college approval.

Full-time replacement instructional positions require prior authorization from the college, a requisition specific to the position authorized, and a limited search.

Part-time instructional appointments of new employees require prior authorization from the college and must be made on an appropriate blanket posting. Part-time instructional appointments of returning employees require prior authorization from the college, but do not require a blanket posting.


Blanket Requisitions

Blanket employment requisitions are intended to facilitate the hiring of new part-time replacement instructional staff (term faculty and p/a instructional).

Blanket postings should be prepared for Term Faculty Series (#9902) and Instructional (non-faculty) Teaching Series (#9903) job codes, following the CLA template.

The term faculty series job code (#9902) covers contract, temporary, visiting, and adjunct faulty appointments at the ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor.

The instructional (non-faculty) teaching series job code (#9903) includes the P&A classifications teaching specialist, senior teaching specialist, lecturer, and senior lecturer.

Units should adhere to the template as closely as possible to ensure the broadest possible application. Blanket requisitions must be refreshed annually.


Authorization to Hire

The existence of a blanket requisition does not constitute authorization to hire. All requests to hire and corresponding offers are subject to review and approval by the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty and/or CLA Human Resources.

When requesting a hire units will be expected to:

  • Explain the reason for the request and provide a rationale for the appointment, the course(s) to be taught, the desired classification, and the proposed salary (e.g., sabbatical replacement; added section, etc);
  • Identify course(s) to be taught, and the instructor of record and enrollments for the course for the previous four semesters;
  • Provide a complete itemization of expenses associated with the hire (e.g., salary, fringe, immigration fees, etc);
  • Identify source(s) of funding

For each term faculty and P/A instructional appointment a CLA Academic Hiring Authorization form must be submitted, along with the draft offer letter and candidate's curriculum vitae. Please indicate the hiring authority's approval where specified and submit the form by email to clahr@umn.edu. Copies of the authorization will be routed to the hiring unit and CLA Fiscal Administration when approved.


Term Faculty Appointments

Term faculty appointments are date-specific and terminate at the end of a period specified in the appiontment without further notice to the appointee. Term faculty appointments are appropriate only in the circumstances set forth in the Board of Regents Policy - Faculty Tenure, sections 3.3 and 3.4.

Term faculty include appointments in the ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor and instructor. Term faculty may be contract, temporary, visiting, adjunct from within the University, or adjunct from outside the University.

Contract Faculty (Appointment Type K or J). Contract faculty are hired on annually renewable (type K) or multiple-year (type J) contracts. Contract faculty appointments may continue on a long-term basis, but are appropriate only in the circumstances set for the in the Board of Regents Policy - Faculty Tenure, sections 3.3 and 3.4. A national or limited regional search is required.

  • In CLA, contract faculty typically hold full-time appointments (75%-time or greater); prior authorization from the college and a focused search for the position authorized is required.
  • Contract faculty are expected to participate in all areas of faculty duties and responsibilities, including scholarly research or other creative work, teaching and advising, and service and outreach.
  • The standard teaching load for 100%-time contract faculty in CLA five semester courses of three credits each per academic year.

Temporary Faculty (Apppintment Type T). Temporary faculty are hired to address temporary short-term situations and normally are appointed for no more than one year. In exceptional cases temporary appointments may be renewed for a second year only, subject to review and approval by the college and by the vice president for human resources. A national, limited regional or limited local search is required.

  • In CLA, temporary faculty typically hold full-time appointments (75%-time or greater); prior authorization from the college and a focused search for the position authorized is required.
  • Temporary faculty are expected to participate in all areas of faculty duties and responsibilities, including scholarly research or other creative work, teaching and advising, and service and outreach.
  • The standard teaching load for 100%-time temporary faculty in CLA is five semester courses of three credits each per academic year.

Visiting Faculty (Appointment Type V). Visiting faculty are individuals who have a regular faculty appointment at another university or a similar status in a research institution or in government service. Typically visiting faculty are for appointment periods of one year or less. Only persons who are on leave from regular appointments at another university, research institution, government service, or other similar organizations are eligible for these appointments. No formal search is required. Departments are encouraged to review all available candidates.

  • In CLA, visiting faculty typically hold full-time appointments (75%-time or greater); prior authorization from the college is required for full-time visiting faculty appointments.
  • Visiting faculty may hold part-time appointments, but must satisfy the criteria above.
  • A visiting appointment may be used when hosting an international scholar as part of an exchange or formal visit (e.g., visiting Fulbright scholars).

Adjunct Faculty from Outside the University (Appointment type A). This category consists of individuals who participate in teaching at the Unviersity only on a limited, part-time basis (0--33%), who are (a) members of the community with expertise or a principal occupation elsewhere who can contribute to the educational experience of students; or (b) individuals who hold or have held regular appointments at other colleges or universities. Appointments may be for a period of one semester to one academic year. A limited local search is required.

  • To hold an adjunct faculty appointment, a terminal or professional degree that is recognized by the discipline normally is required, and the individual must actively be engaged in the practice of that profession.
  • In CLA, adjunct faculty appointments may teach no more than two courses per academic year; positions are filled through blanket posting process.

Adjunct Faculty from Within the University (Appointment Type B). These individuals already hold regular faculty appointments elsewhere in the University, and have been asked to provide additional service in another department or college. The title can also be used to recognize cross-disciplinary activity. No formal search is required.

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