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Visiting Faculty Policy

Definition: The process and procedures to be used for the appointment of visiting faculty within the division of Academic Affairs.
Authority: President of the University.
Scope: Visiting Faculty appointments; in line with Article 12 of the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Responsible Division: Academic Affairs
Approval Date: 07/08/2016
Originally Implemented:
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The appointment of visiting faculty is for the purpose of bringing to the campus individuals of special scholarly and/or professional interest and merit. 

A. Who is eligible to be a visiting faculty member?

Generally, individuals under consideration for visiting appointments have earned terminal degrees in their fields of expertise or are recognized nationally for outstanding achievement in their fields. Visiting faculty are individuals who are typically employed elsewhere, possess a particular expertise, and/or are engaged in high-level research or other scholarly or creative work, or are in public service. Consequently, because of their stature, position, or expertise, they provide our faculty and students with unusual opportunities for expanding their intellectual, artistic or scientific experiences or for pursuing research and scholarship.

B. What can visiting faculty members do on campus?

Visiting faculty may teach, conduct research, advise and/or supervise students, assist in enhancing existing curriculum or in developing new courses, attend/host program meetings, attend and offer colloquia, and engage in other University or public service activities consistent with their appointments and with the mission of the University. Visiting faculty members are sometimes chosen to fill temporarily a vacancy in a tenure track faculty line.

C. Visiting faculty member titles

Based on the judgment of the host program and the college Dean, visiting faculty members may receive working titles of Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, or Visiting Assistant Professor to reflect their qualifications and professional experiences and to acknowledge the level of accomplishment achieved by the individual being considered for visiting faculty status.


A.  Candidate review

1. The current curriculum vita or resume of the individual nominated for a visiting faculty position will be provided to and reviewed by the proposed host department faculty and Chair. With the concurrence of the host program, the appropriate Dean will recommend appointment to the Provost (or their designee). 

2. The following information must be included in the Dean’s recommendation submitted to the Provost for review and approval:

    • An indication of the individual’s willingness to accept the visiting faculty appointment;
    • A statement about the individual’s past involvement with the program (if any), and a description of the nature of the individual’s future involvement with the department as a visiting faculty member;
    • The benefits to the University that are anticipated or expected as a result of the proposed visiting faculty appointment;
    • How the proposed visiting faculty appointment will be paid for by the department and/or college;
    • The working title to be conferred on the individual;
    • The appointment beginning and ending dates;
    • The desired perquisites to be offered to the individual and who is responsible for providing them;
    • The current curriculum vita or resume of the individual.

B.  Appointment

1. When the review process is complete, and with the approval of the Provost, the individual will be appointed as a visiting faculty member with the appropriate working title and invited to assume the duties and responsibilities of the position. Only upon formal written appointment by the University may the individual use the designated working title.

2. Visiting faculty appointments will be full-time appointments for up to one academic year.  Individuals appointed into this classification shall not be eligible for a subsequent appointment in this classification. 

3. The hiring of visiting faculty shall not result in the displacement or time-base reduction of an incumbent Temporary Faculty Unit Employee (CBA 12). 

4. Should there be a greater number of candidates proposed in a given year than the campus is allowed, the Provost will make the final decisions about visiting faculty appointments.

C.  Resources and responsibilities

To the extent possible, visiting faculty will be given access to University resources similar to those offered and provided to tenure-track faculty and full-time lecturers. Such resources may include, but are not limited to, library privileges, access to administrative and other related assistance, mail delivery, and a campus e-mail account. When a visiting faculty member teaches, space for office hours will be provided. The extent of the resources offered to a visiting faculty member is at the discretion of the Dean, and such perquisites will be identified in the appointment letter to the individual.