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1.1 Appointment Authority (REVISED 2/14/14)

Executive Officers

Executive officers of the University include the president, chief of staff, vice presidents, and the secretary to the Board of Governors. The president of the University is appointed by the Board of Governors and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Governors. The secretary of the Board is an elected officer of the Board and appointed by the Board. Upon the recommendation of the president, the secretary of the Board is also appointed assistant to the president and secretary of the University and in these capacities serves at the pleasure of the president.

Appointments of the chief of staff and vice presidents are recommended by the president and approved by the Board of Governors. The chief of staff and vice presidents serve at the pleasure of the president.

Senior Administrative Officers

Senior administrative officers include associate vice presidents, assistant vice presidents, those directors who report directly to the president (executive directors, directors executive), deputy provosts and associate provosts. Appointments of directors reporting directly to the president are approved by the president and subsequently reported to the Board of Governors. Senior administrative officers serve at the pleasure of the president.

Non-Academic Administrators

Non-academic administrators include administrative assistant deans, directors, associate directors, assistant directors, managers, coordinators, supervisors and public safety command officers. Upon recommendation of the appropriate senior officer, appointment in this category are approved by the president or his/her designee.

Academic Administrators

Academic administrators include assistant provosts, deans, associate deans, certain assistant deans, academic directors, department/division heads, department chairpersons, associate department chairpersons, and ombudspersons. Appointments of deans are recommended by the president for approval by the Board of Governors. Appointments of other academic administrators are approved by the president or his/her designee and are subsequently reported to the Board of Governors.

Professional and Administrative Personnel

Includes all non-represented employees in professional and administrative classifications, whether or not eligible for overtime. Upon recommendation of the appropriate senior officer, appointments in this category are approved by the president or his/her designee.

All personnel in the above categories, appointed on or after February 1, 1989, serve at the pleasure of the president, unless stated otherwise in the individual's written employment agreement.

Part-Time Faculty and Instructional Assistants

Part-time faculty are hired for short periods, generally one term, to teach or engage in other academic activities. Instructional assistants serve as assistants to faculty. They may not be the instructor of records for a class. These employees are appointed by the president or his/her designee pursuant to presidential delegation by Executive Order, usually after appropriate consultation with faculty bodies.

These assignments are limited to less than .50 FTE unless prior approval of the Provost is obtained. An individual whose only employment with the university is as part-time faculty member or an instructional assistant is not eligible for any benefit, including holiday or closure pay.

Visiting Faculty

Visiting assistant, associate, and full professors are appointed by the president or his/her designee after consultation with faculty bodies and academic administrators in the subject areas where the visiting faculty will serve. Visiting faculty duties are comparable generally to those of regular faculty of equal rank (i.e. teaching and scholarship are expected and required, while service is optional). The total period of service for visiting faculty is limited to three consecutive one-year appointments of full-time service.

Visiting faculty members normally have regular faculty appointment in another college or university or hold appointment with faculty type responsibility (i.e., research, teaching and service) in some established institution, such as a research institution, a corporation, or a government agency. Visiting faculty have the same benefits as other non- represented employees with equivalent seniority and whose assignments are on the same calendar.

The terms and conditions of visiting faculty are not subject to the collective bargaining contract between Wayne State University and the American Association of University Professors.

Voluntary Faculty

Voluntary faculty support the university's basic mission of teaching, scholarship, and service without salary or other compensation. Classifications of voluntary faculty include adjunct, clinical, full-time affiliate, full-time affiliate (clinical), and full-time affiliate (research).Ranks of voluntary faculty include instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, used in conjunction with one of the applicable classifications. Use of the clinical classifications is limited to clinical departments. Use of the full-time affiliate classifications is limited to persons employed by institutions affiliated with the university. Voluntary faculty are appointed by the president or his/her designee after consultation with faculty bodies and academic administrators in the subject area where the voluntary faculty will serve. Educational qualifications for voluntary faculty are comparable to those required for regular faculty of equal rank. Voluntary faculty serve at the pleasure of the president and are subject to biennial review.

Voluntary faculty are not eligible for inclusion in the university retirement plan nor in life insurance, health insurance, or the disability programs. Promotions for all classifications of voluntary faculty are subject to the same policies and practices as other academic promotions and are reported to the Board of Governors in the same manner as changes for corresponding salaried appointments.

Graduate Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants

The graduate assistantship is designed primarily to provide a measure of economic support for the graduate student while also offering the opportunity to augment academic experience through teaching, research, or other activities associated with the student's major field. Graduate (teaching) assistant I or graduate research assistant I is an appointment awarded to a student who holds the bachelor's degree or equivalent and has been admitted to an appropriate graduate degree program in the university. Graduate (teaching) assistant II or graduate research assistant II is an appointment awarded to a student who holds the master's degree or equivalent and has been admitted to an appropriate graduate degree program in the university. All of these are half-time appointments.

The university requires graduate assistants to register for six to twelve credits of graduate course work during each semester of an assistantship. All graduate assistants are permitted to register at Michigan resident tuition rates and all assistants receive a full tuition scholarship of up to ten graduate credits per semester during the academic year. Additional credits may be taken at the student's own expense and will be assessed at the resident rate. Graduate assistants may also participate in the regular university medical insurance programs at subsidized rates.

Professional Research Personnel

Professional research personnel are recommended for appointment by the appropriate unit administrator, approved by the president or his/her designee, and reported to the Board of Governors. Research assistants normally hold degrees below the doctorate and research associates normally hold the doctoral degree. Senior research scientists and research scientists have established research credentials and possess the ability to obtain and manage grants and contracts. Appointments in this category are conditioned upon the availability of research grants or contracts, and all personnel in these categories, appointed on or after February 1, 1989, serve at the pleasure of the president, unless the individual's written employment agreement states otherwise.

General Service Support Personnel

These positions provide office support/clerical activities, or involve duties of a technical nature.

Included in this group are specified supervisory positions that require the scheduling and assigning of tasks and the review of the performance of staff members under their direction.

Appointments are made by the president or his/her designee, and are reported to the Board of Governors.

Temporary Employees

Appointments to Temporary Employee positions are of a temporary nature as required by special projects, studies, or temporary personnel support needs.

Compensation is provided on the basis of an established hourly rate. An individual whose only employment with the University is as a Temporary Employee is not eligible for any benefits, including holiday or closure pay.

Temporary performing duties normally covered by collective bargaining contracts may be limited to a number of hours of employment per fiscal year as specified in the pertinent collective bargaining contract. This limit is one thousand hours as outlined in APPM 3.2.3 Temporary Employees.

Temporary Employees may be enrolled at Wayne State University for five (5_ or less credit-hours as an undergraduate or three (3) or less credit-hours as a graduate student. If enrollment exceeds the limit, the individual should be assigned as a Student Assistant or College Work Study (CWS) student as applicable.

Temporary Employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Such assignments are recommended by the appropriate unit administrator and approved by the president or his/her designee.