In almost all cases, the initial appointment for an Instructional Career Non-Tenure Track Faculty member will be a one-year contract.
Only the Provost or designee (dean, VP for Research, unit head) can offer an appointment (aka "contract") and only in writing. Oral promises from anyone at the university are not binding and cannot be relied upon.
New Career faculty are entitled to receive a notice of appointment as soon as practicable. In most cases, faculty should have their notices of appointment in hand well before the term or academic year starts. In some cases, faculty start working for the University of Oregon without being issued or having signed a letter of appointment. In those cases, any emails or letters you have from the university will be very important, so all documents should be saved.
If you find yourself working without a contract and you do not receive a timely paycheck (pay day is the last day of every month), you should contact the union office. We can help get the process moving.
Once received, the notice of appointment should include the following:
- Effective date of appointment
- Classification, category, and rank
- Department and title
- Duration of appointment and/or if appointment is contingent on funding
- Tenure status, including the nature of any restrictions on eligibility for tenure and any credit for prior service; or
- Career status, including the nature of any restrictions on eligibility for promotion and any credit for prior service
- Other requirements of employment
You should also receive written information concerning duties, responsibilities and institutional expectations.
Career Instructional faculty are entitled to notice of renewal or non-renewal of their appointment by May 1 of the last year of their appointment. The renewal notice must inform the fault member of the duration of the upcoming appointment, whether it is funding contingent (rare for Instructional faculty), and the expected FTE of the upcoming year. It is not, however, the official appointment.
Just as above, the reappointment letter should include more information, including actual FTE and salary. Returning Career faculty are entitled to notice of reappointment no later than 30 days prior to the start date of the appointment. In the vast majority of cases, this notice will be due by August 16, or 30 days before the start date for the new academic year.
If you are teaching in the fall and you do not receive your letter of reappointment by August 16, please contact the union office so we can help you ensure you receive your reappointment letter and first paycheck on time.
Length of Appointment
Career NTTF earn longer-term appointments the longer their employment lasts. Generally, Career faculty have one-year appointments in the first four years of employment in rank, two-year appointments after four years of employment in rank, and three-year appointments if they achieve promotion.