Recommendations on Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments

Following are the recommendations made in the AAUP's 2009 report Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments. We pulled out the recommendations as an easy reference, but to understand the context and for details, you really should read the whole report.


  • The best practice for institutions of all types is to convert the status of contingent appointments to appointments eligible for tenure with only minor changes in job description.
  • For faculty who wish to remain in the profession on a part-time basis over the long term, we recommend as best practice fractional positions, including fully proportional pay, that are eligible for tenure and benefits, with proportional expectations for service and professional development.
  • We urge that conversion plans include discontinuance of any new off-track hiring, except where such hires are genuinely for special appointments of brief duration.