Selections from UWS, Wis. Adm. Code
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Chapter UWS 1 Definitions of Terms Used in UWS 1 to 6 June 1995
UWS 1.01 Academic Staff. “Academic staff” means professional and administrative personnel, other than faculty and classified staff, with duties and types of appointments that are primarily associated with higher education institutions or their administration.

UWS 1.04 Faculty. “Faculty” means persons who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or instructor in an academic department or its functional equivalent in an institution. the appointment of a member of the academic staff may be converted to a faculty appointment in accordance with s. UWS 3.01 (1) (c).
Chapter UWS 3 Faculty Appointments June 1995
UWS 3.01 Types of appointments. (1) Appointments to the faculty are either tenure or probationary appointments. Faculty appointments carry the following titles: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor.

(a) “Tenure appointment” means an appointment for an unlimited period granted to a ranked faculty member by the board upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the chancellor of an institution via the president of the system.

(b) “Probationary appointment” means an appointment by the board upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the chancellor of an institution and held by a faculty member during the period which may precede a decision on a tenure appointment.

UWS 3.02 Recruiting. The faculty of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students and the approval of the chancellor, shall develop procedures relating to recruitment of members of the faculty. the procedure shall be consistent with board policy and state and federal laws with respect to nondiscriminatory and affirmative action recruitment. The procedures shall allow maximum flexibility at the departmental, school and college levels to meet particular needs. In all instances the procedures shall provide for departmental peer review and judgment as the operative step in the recruiting process.

UWS 3.03 Appointments—general. The faculty of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students and with the approval of the chancellor, shall develop rules relating to faculty appointments. Each person to whom an appointment is offered must receive an appointment letter in which an authorized official of the institution details the terms and conditions of the appointment, including but not limited to, duration of the appointment, salary, starting date, ending date, general position responsibilities, probation, tenure status, and crediting of prior service. Accompanying this letter shall be an attachment detailing institutional and system rules and procedures relating to faculty appointments. If the appointment is subject to the advance approval of the board, a statement to this effect must be included in the letter.
Chapter UWS 10 Academic Staff Appointments June 1995
UWS 10.01 Types of appointments. Academic staff appointments may be fixed term, probationary, or indefinite. Several probationary academic staff appointments may precede the granting of an indefinite appointment. Each institution shall develop guidelines concerning the categories of academic staff positions that may be appropriately designated as fixed term, probationary, or indefinite appointments. Appointments may be made in the central administration, an institution, college, department (or its functional equivalent), or a specified research or program unit. An appointment shall be limited to an operational area specified at the time of the appointment and shall not carry rights beyond that limitation.

S 10.02 Recruitment and letter of appointment. (1) Each institution shall develop procedures relating to recruitment of members of the academic staff. The procedures shall be consistent with board policy and state and federal laws with respect to nondiscriminational affirmative action recruitment. The procedures shall allow maximum flexibility at the department, school, and college levels to meet particular needs.

(2) The terms and conditions of the appointment shall be specified in a written letter of appointment. The appointment letter shall be signed by an authorized official of the institution and should contain details as to the terms and conditions of the appointment, including but not limited to type of appointment (fixed term, probationary or indefinite), duration of the appointment (starting date, ending date), salary, general position responsibilities, definition of operational area, the length of the probationary period (if appropriate) and recognition of prior service as part of the probationary period (if appropriate). Accompanying this letter shall be an attachment detailing institutional and system regulations, rules and procedures relating to academic staff appointments. If the appointment is subject to the approval of the board, a statement to this effect must be included in the letter. An amended letter of appointment should be sent in situations where a significant change in position responsibility occurs.