2.5.1 Primary Faculty Appointments
The primary faculty appointment is in an academic unit through which a faculty member has a primary academic affiliation. It is through this unit that a tenured faculty member holds tenure in the University, and it is from this unit that recommendations for appointment, promotion, tenure, and other actions concerning a faculty member are initiated.
An academic unit, for purposes of an academic appointment and tenure, is usually a department, school or library within the institution. School-wide appointments, wherein the dean is directly responsible for the faculty member, may be made after such recommendations for appointment have been reviewed by a school’s faculty affairs committee and have been approved by the dean or library director, the Provost, and President. In no circumstances will a primary appointment be made in centers, laboratories, programs, or institutes.