Terms of Appointment
For detailed information governing terms of appointment, please refer to:
- Article XI in the Policies of the Board of Trustees (.pdf; revised Dec. 2013)
- Article 30 in the 2011–2016 NYS/UUP Agreement (.pdf)
- Qualified academic rank (QAR) titles (non-tenure-track)
Members of the Purchase College faculty are appointed by means of contractual letters prepared in the Office of Human Resources and signed by the president. The appointment letter must be signed and returned to the Office of the President before the appointment is considered official.
Appointment letters for all faculty shall identify the academic rank and official State title; the type of appointment (temporary, term, or continuing); the duration of the appointment (if a term) or expected duration (if a temporary); the basic annual salary, if appropriate, or rate of compensation; and the effective date of appointment.
In addition, appointment letters for part-time faculty shall identify the benefits for which they are eligible (e.g., health, leave) and include the following information on required assignments, if applicable: teaching, advising and/or governance, and research and/or community service. (Article 30.3, 2011–2016 NYS/UUP Agreement)
The appointment letter specifies one of three appointment types:
Temporary appointments may be terminated at any time. Temporary appointments ordinarily shall be given only when service is to be part-time, voluntary, or anticipated to be for a period of one year or less. A temporary appointment is also appropriate when a position has been vacated by an employee on approved leave. (Article XI, Title F, Policies of the Board of Trustees)
Term appointments are offered for a specified period of time that does not exceed three years in duration. Term appointments automatically expire at the end of that period unless terminated earlier because of resignation, retirement, or termination (Article XI, Title D, Policies of the Board of Trustees). An individual who has been granted a part-time term appointment but for whom classroom enrollment is inadequate shall have no entitlement to salary, benefits, or any other rights or privileges (Article XI, Title D, §2(2)a, Policies of the Board of Trustees).
Continuing appointment [tenure] is an appointment to a position of academic rank that shall not be affected by changes in such rank and shall continue until resignation, retirement, or termination. Please refer to Article XI, Title B, in the Policies of the Board of Trustees and qualified academic rank titles for more information governing continuing appointment.