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Faculty appointments and academic duties

Based on the level of involvement of faculty members, appointments are granted in a variety of categories to fit needs around both full and part time appointments. Faculty appointments are usually made either as a clinical appointment (non-bargaining unit) or an academic staff member (MUNFA) appointment, however other forms of appointment are available as well. Appointed faculty members have duties and responsibilities derived from their positions as teachers and scholars/clinicians. 

Information in this section covers:

Clinical appointments including academic duties

Academic Staff Member (MUNFA) appointments including academic duties

Other appointments

For recommendation of appointment and nomination forms, view the forms section of the Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) website

Clinical appointments (non-bargaining unit)

Clinical appointments are granted on consultation with the various chairs and associate deans and recommended to the Dean. 

Full-time clinical GFT appointment
The appointment process for full-time clinical appointments is outlined in the full-time appointment checklist.
Terms and conditions regarding full-time GFT appointments can be found here

The official offer for an appointment is made through the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) office after the Dean of Medicine recommends the appointment to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). 

Part-time clinical appointment
Physicians who perform services for the Faculty of Medicine can be appointed at the level of Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor or Clinical Professor. The positions can be non-stipendiary or stipendiary depending on the level of service provided. Candidates are recommended by the appropriate Discipline Chair to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, for the final approval of the Director of Faculty Relations.
  • The appointment process for part-time clinical appointments is outlined in the requirements document.
  • Terms and Conditions of part-time stipendary and part-time non-stipendary appointmens as well as appointments for part-time faculty members in New Brunswick are described here
Academic duties of clinical faculty members
  • All clinical faculty members are expected to perform bed-side and small group teaching. Additional duties may be expected depending on clinical appointment (e.g. stipendary or full-time).
  • Clinical faculty members are expected to develop a major pillar of excellence (education, discovery, leadership, clinical) and contribute substantially to the other pillars. Refer to the Promotion and Tenure section for more detailed information.
  • Full-time clinical faculty members in their first year of appointment are expected to focus on their clinical, teaching or research program (pillar of excellence). Thereafter faculty members are expected to take on increasing teaching and administrative duties.  
  • Full-time clinical faculty members are usually expected to spend on average one to two days a week on fulfilling academic duties, however this may vary. Some disciplines also expect defined number of hours of clinical skills teaching. 
  • Clinical faculty members should refer to their individual letter of offer and discipline chair for key academic expectations and detailed information about academic responsibilities.

Academic Staff Member (MUNFA) appointments

The appointment process for faculty appointments covered under the MUN-MUNFA Collective agreement is detailed in the said agreement. 

Tenure/Tenure-track appointments 
A tenure-track appointment is an appointment which shall lead to consideration for tenure. 
Tenure-track and tenured appointments are approved by the Provost and Vice President (Academic).
For criteria and procedures and all other relevant information about tenure/tenure-track appointments,
refer to the MUN-MUNFA Collective Agreement.

Term appointments
A term appointment is an appointment of an ASM [Academic Staff Member] to a position with a defined time. Term appointments can be regular term or teaching term. A regular term appointment is a term appointment under which the appointee performs the normal duties and responsibilities of an ASM. 
A teaching term appointment is a term appointment under which the appointee's duties and responsibilities are restricted to teaching.
For complete information about term appointmentsrefer to the MUN-MUNFA Collective Agreement.

Cross appointments
A cross appointment is one in which the salary of the ASM is charged to one (1) fiscal unit, but he or she is named to another unit in which he or she has a sustained academic or professional interest. For more information, refer to the Guidelines for cross appointments (choose cross appointment from list). Please note the collective agreement link in the above guidelines is outdated and faculty members should refer to the most recent 
MUN-MUNFA Collective Agreement.

Academic duties of MUNFA faculty members

Academic Staff Members should refer to Article 3 of the MUN-MUNFA Collective Agreement for detailed information about duties and responsibilities (e.g. teaching workload). The Administrative Head (Associate Dean of respective division or Vice-Dean and clinical chair as appropriate) is responsible for assigning teaching workloads. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss academic duties (e.g. teaching expectations) with the Associate Dean of their respective division or Vice-Dean and clinical chair as appropriate.

Other Appointments

Research appointments
A research appointment is a tenure-track or tenured appointment under which the Faculty Member's duties and responsibilities are defined primarily in terms of research with teaching duties not to exceed one (1) course per semester without the consent of the Faculty Member. 
For complete information about research appointments, refer to the MUN-MUNFA Collective Agreement.

Per Course appointments
Per course appointments are appointments made to teach a particular course on a semester basis. Per course appointments are governed by the Lecturer's Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland MUN-LUMUN Collective Agreement.  

Adjunct appointment

The category of Adjunct Professor enables formal academic relationships with the University falling outside the normal categories of university teachers as described in the Collective Agreement with the Faculty Association. With the exception of Adjunct Professors appointed prior to the revision of this policy, persons recommended for appointment will normally have educational qualifications and academic experience appropriate for appointment as an academic staff member in the academic unit to which the appointment is recommended.
For complete information about Adjunct Professor appointments, refer to the Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) website. The appointment process for the Faculty of Medicine is outlined in the Adjunct Professor Appointment Guidelines

Professional Associate

The category of Professional Associate enables formal academic relationships with the University falling outside the normal categories of university teachers as described in the Collective Agreement with the Faculty Association, and that may or may not be of a professorial nature. With the exception of Professional Associates appointed prior to the revision of this policy, candidates should be active in a profession related to the academic discipline of the unit in which the appointment is to be made.
For complete information about Professional Associate appointments, refer to the 
Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) website

Professor Emeritus
The title of Professor Emeritus is open only to highly distinguished retired members of the faculty of Memorial University of Newfoundland whose contributions to the University were substantially above the norm for their discipline.
Refer to the 
Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) website for complete information about Professor Emeritus appointment criteria and procedures.

Honorary Professor

Honorary Professor is a non-stipendiary appointment category to be used in special cases. This designation is not a substitute for "Professor Emeritus" or "Adjunct Professor".
Refer to the
Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) website for Honorary Professor appointment guidelines. 

Honorary Research Professor
Faculty members are allowed to retire prior to the normal retirement age. Faculty members who may wish to exercise this option and are actively engaged in research may wish to continue these activities and the University may wish them to do so. The title Honorary Research Professor will be used for this type of appointment.
For more information, view the
 Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) website.

Last Updated 2015-09-01 4:24:58 PM
Disclaimer: This handbook is in review.  Many sections are under development and final implementation is subject to the approval of the Office of Faculty Relations.