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Section II: Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

The UNM Faculty Handbook describes four different types of faculty appointments in Section 3.1 as follows:

Faculty appointments may be probationary, tenured, continuing non-tenure-track, or temporary. Prior to awarding of tenure, tenure-track faculty appointments are probationary appointments; following the award of tenure, such appointments are tenured. All faculty members holding probationary appointments at the rank of assistant professor or above are eligible for consideration for tenure. (For a definition and discussion of tenure, see Sec. 4.7.1 and Appendix I.) Non-tenure-track appointments do not lead to tenure. However, the presumption with continuing non-tenure-track appointments is that they will be continued if the faculty member is not duly notified to the contrary. Non-tenure-track appointments where there is not a presumption of continuation are temporary.

The following is a summary of the four types of appointments at UNM-Valencia Campus:

  1. Tenured : The term “tenured” indicates that the faculty members have permanent or continuous tenure, and their services should be terminated only for adequate cause, except in the case of retirement for age, or under extraordinary circumstances because of financial exigencies. In the interpretation of this principle it is understood that the following represents acceptable academic practice.
  2. Probationary : The term “probationary” is synonymous with “tenure-track.” These faculty members carry the rank of Assistant Professor and, if successful, will achieve tenure and the rank of Associate Professor at the end of their probation period of six years.
  3. Lecturer : The term “continuing non-tenure track” refers to faculty who are issued annual contracts and who have “expectation” that their contracts will be renewed for the subsequent year. These faculty members generally carry the rank of Lecturer I, II or III, depending on degree and other criteria.

Faculty may be appointed to the position of Lecturer I, II, or III. These appointments are for professionals with appropriate academic qualifications, who are demonstrably competent in the relevant areas of their disciplines. While not eligible for tenure, lecturers in each numerical class may hold the rank of Lecturer. Senior Lecturer, or Principal Lecturer.

  • (a) Lecturer I—The title used for individuals who have qualifications equivalent to teaching assistants or graduate students and who are not currently graduate students at the University in the same department as their academic appointment.
  • (b) Lecturer II—The title used for qualified professionals who have completed all requirements except the dissertation for the terminal degree (or equivalent) in their fields of study and who are not currently graduate students at the University in the same department as their academic appointment. It may also be used for professionals who have the terminal degree but only limited experience in teaching or scholarly work, or for professionals who do not have the terminal degree but have extensive experience.
  • (c) Lecturer III—The title used for qualified professionals who hold the terminal degree (or equivalent) in their fields of study and who have additional experience in teaching and scholarly work.

4. Temporary : The term “temporary” refers to faculty who are hired for one or two terms without “expectation” of being hired beyond the current term of appointment. Temporary faculty members are generally designated as “adjunct” faculty. Adjunct faculty members are hired on a semester-by-semester basis by means of a competitive process. There are also one-year (i.e., two terms) temporary assignments on a full-time basis. These appointments are usually made in the interim period between the retirement or resignation of a continuing faculty member.

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