Academic Affairs Manual (ACD)

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Effective: 7/1/1982

Revised: 7/1/2011

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ACD 505–05: Faculty and Academic Professional Administrative Appointments

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Purpose

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To describe the procedures for administrative appointments for faculty and academic professionals

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Source

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Office of the Provost of the University

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Applicability

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Faculty
Academic professionals

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Policy

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Administrative appointments are made on a year-to-year basis in accord with ACD 504, “Conditions of Administrative Service at ASU.” A person holding a tenured or continuing appointment does not lose that appointment by reason of appointment to, or relief from, the year-to-year administrative appointment. Administrators with a tenure-eligible faculty appointment or probationary academic professional appointment accrue time toward tenure or continuing appointment based on the faculty or academic professional appointment, not the administrative appointment. Offer letters for administrative appointments are extended by the president or president’s designee. Offer letters for some types of faculty or academic professional with administrative assignment appointments must be reviewed by the provost of the university or designee prior to be being sent.


Appointments to Administrative Positions

Appointment of the president of the university is the responsibility of the Board of Regents.

Appointment of vice presidents and deans is made by recommendation from the president to the Board of Regents. Every search committee formed to evaluate applicants for an administrative appointment to the position of dean/university librarian or provost of the university shall include a faculty or academic professional (as appropriate) senator, recommended by the chair of the University Academic Council. The senator appointed to the search committee must be from outside the unit conducting the search, except when the search is for the provost of the university.

Appointment of an academic unit head/chair/director is made by the provost of the university. The dean appoints a search committee to confer with the faculty and/or academic professionals (as appropriate) of the academic unit and the officers of other schools or colleges which the academic unit serves. The committee makes a recommendation to the dean. The dean forwards a recommendation to the provost of the university or designee.


Appointments with Faculty Rank and/or Tenure

With the exception of the president, candidates for initial administrative appointments that carry faculty rank, tenure or continuing appointment may be made only after the prospective academic unit and college have considered the candidate and made a recommendation on the appointment (see ACD 505–04, “Transfer, Joint, and Affiliated Faculty and Academic Professional Appointments”).

Tenure shall be granted to candidates for, or holders of, administrative appointments that carry faculty rank only after the department and college have considered the faculty member and made a recommendation on tenure. These recommendations on faculty appointment and tenure shall be made according to the usual standards and, normally, according to the established procedures for such recommendations in the department and/or college. No administrative appointment may carry faculty rank independent of a faculty position in an established department and/or college. A person holding a faculty appointment does not lose that appointment by reason of appointment to, or relief from, the administrative appointment.

Administrators do not accrue time towards tenure, as administrators, although they do accrue time towards tenure if they also have a probationary appointment.


Interim/Acting Administrative Appointments

When a vacancy occurs in an administrative position and there is insufficient time for recruitment, the president or president’s designee may make an interim or acting appointment, generally not to exceed 12 months in duration. Such an appointment may be made after consultation with faculty, academic professionals, and other administrators as appropriate for the position to be filled. “Acting” appointments are those without the full authority associated with the position. “Interim” appointments are those with the full authority associated with the position.

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Cross-References

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  1. ACD 504, “Conditions of Administrative Service at ASU”
  2. ACD 505–04, “Transfer, Joint, and Affiliated Faculty and Academic Professional Appointments”
  3. ACD 505–06, “Recruitment/Appointment.”

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