4.1.2 Secondary, Joint, Affiliated, and Visiting Faculty Appointments

The term, Secondary Faculty appointment refers to an academic appointment made to a professional in the same or another department. If the person does not have a core faculty appointment (that is, they are a professional and don't have a faculty appointment to "return to"), then a faculty appointment for them would be "secondary."

The term Joint Faculty appointment refers to an academic appointment made to someone with a primary academic appointment in another unit. This joint appointment may be split funded between unit or funding might reside entirely in the home (primary) unit. In other words, if the person has a core faculty appointment, their additional faculty appointments are "joint" whether funded or unfunded. When a joint faculty appointment involves joint funding or workload, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be created among the units and deans involved. The MOU must specify that the chair/director of the home unit retains the sole responsibility and authority for the annual appraisal and planning process. The MOU should specify how input from the other unit will be obtained prior to decisions on appraisals, merit raises, and promotion and tenure decisions, and it should describe how workload will be assigned. In cases where there is no joint funding or workload assignments, a MOU is encouraged, but not required. Holding a joint appointment shall in no way abridge a faculty member's rights in their home unit.

Affiliated faculty are appointed as members of the academic staff for a limited period of time during the year(s) in which they are actively involved in the teaching and research program of the University. Persons holding appointment as Affiliated (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor) must make a contribution to the University in the form of teaching, research, or consultation.

Affiliated status is accorded only after the regular academic review and evaluation. Rank is established according to the same criteria as regular faculty, and the unit shall be responsible for determination of initial rank and promotions. Such determinations do not require the approval of the college or university promotion and tenure committees. Affiliated faculty are not eligible for tenure. No stipend is paid unless an additional appointment, such as an adjunct appointment, also exists; terms of appointment are up to three years, and contracts are not automatically renewed.

Affiliated faculty receive University I.D. cards and have access to the Library; they may purchase parking permits and football tickets at faculty rates. They may not participate in the tuition fee waiver program. Although not members of the University voting faculty, some departments or colleges may give them voting rights in their own units; the practice varies.

Adjunct faculty (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor) are those persons who teach a course (or courses) at the University on a supplemental ("S") contract and who are not otherwise fulltime faculty of the University. Rev 9/2013

Visiting faculty include individuals, usually faculty, who come from another institution to the University for a specified period of time. The expectation is that these individuals will return to their home institutions at the end of their appointment period at the University of Delaware.

Benefits for visiting faculty include:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Dental Insurance
  • Fee Waiver
  • University I.D. card which will provide access to all facilities and associated privileges

(Rev. 12/5/16)