ACD 505–04: Transfer, Joint, and Affiliated Faculty and Academic Professional Appointments
To describe the transfer between departments, joint appointments, and affiliated positions for faculty and academic professionals
Office of the Provost of the University
Faculty, academic professionals, administrators with faculty or academic professional appointments
Faculty or academic professionals may be transferred between academic units, appointed to more than one academic unit, center, or institute on joint appointments, and/or may serve in more than one unit on affiliated appointments.
A joint appointment is an appointment of a faculty member or academic professional to more than one academic unit, center, or institute. A joint appointment recognizes a long-term commitment to, and participation in, two or more academic units, centers, or institutes. A joint appointment is a formal agreement entered into by the faculty member or academic professional and academic units/centers/institutes and may be revised or discontinued.
Memorandum of Understanding
All joint appointments require a Joint Appointment Memorandum of Understanding signed by the faculty member or academic professional and the heads/chairs/ directors of the involved academic units, centers, or institutes, the deans of the colleges, and the provost of the university.
The Joint Appointment Memorandum of Understanding identifies the academic unit where tenure or continuing appointment (if appropriate) resides or will reside; the responsibilities of the faculty member or academic professional in each unit; the responsibility for salary increases; the term of appointment; and the process for review and renewal of the joint appointment. All involved units shall provide recommendations in annual, probationary, tenure, and promotion reviews. (See ACD 110, “Reporting Lines for Public Service and Research Centers/Institutes.”)
The Memorandum of Understanding also covers governance and voting rights, research recognition, indirect costs, and the individual’s responsibilities in each academic unit, center, and/or institute, including eligibility to chair dissertation committees if otherwise qualified. Rights and responsibilities may vary based on the faculty or academic professional rank.
In joint appointments with centers or institutes, the tenure or continuing appointment home must be in an academic unit.
The salary line for a joint appointment may reside solely in one unit or may be shared among units, either permanently or for a specified period of time.
Term of Appointment
Joint appointments may be permanent or may be made for a specified number of years and may be renewed with the concurrence of all parties.
Affiliated appointments are made to ASU faculty members and academic professionals who hold an appointment in one academic unit (the primary unit) and are invited to serve in a role in another academic unit, center, or institute (the secondary unit).
Affiliated faculty or academic professionals may have governance, voting rights, and responsibilities in the affiliated unit, including eligibility to chair dissertation committees, if otherwise qualified. At the request of a tenure-eligible affiliated faculty member or a probationary affiliated academic professional, the secondary unit may provide input for probationary, tenure/continuing appointment, and promotion reviews to the unit in which tenure/continuing appointment resides.
Procedures for Appointment
An affiliated appointment requires an appointment letter signed by the faculty member or academic professional, the head(s)/chair(s)/director(s), and dean(s) of the home and affiliated units. Appointments will be made following the procedures for selection and appointment as set forth in college, academic unit, or program policies. The appointment letter must clearly articulate the rights and responsibilities within the secondary unit as well as any agreements related to evaluations for reviews. Deans of colleges shall send a copy of all appointment letters to the Office of the Provost of the University.
Appointments are made for a period of not more than one year and are renewable.
ACD 110, “Reporting Lines for Public Service and Research Centers/Institutes.”