Affiliate Faculty Track

Our interaction with other educational, research and clinical institutions in the region has led to a number of formal affiliation agreements for collaborative or cooperative research and/or teaching. Because the individuals at these institutions may provide a variety of forms of assistance in both the educational and research roles of KUMC and have academic credentials consistent with faculty status, a faculty track was created for the University of Kansas Medical Center and its Wichita Campus which facilitates participation of these individuals in the research and educational mission of the University.

Participation in this track is available to individuals employed by the several research institutes in the metropolitan area as well as selected other institutions which have formal affiliation agreements with the university. These are non-paid positions, which do not accumulate credit towards tenure, but require a significant commitment of the individual to the research and/or educational mission of the University.

Individuals who wish appointments in this track must apply through a regular academic department at the University of Kansas Medical Center or its Wichita Campus. Applicants must be employed by an institution which has a formal affiliation agreement with the University of Kansas for the purposes of collaborative or cooperative research and/or education and is approved by the Chancellor. Acceptance of such an appointment will imply a significant contribution of time and effort to the University and its collaborative teaching and research programs. Faculty appointments in this Affiliate Track carry unmodified titles and are classified as volunteer faculty.

Following initial appointment in this track, promotion in rank or status will be considered by the normal, peer review processat the department level followed by consideration of the promotion recommendation at the level of the school or equivalent promotion and tenure committee and the Dean of the school.

Appointment Titles Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor in an established academic department.
Appointment Duration Probational status - 1 year, renewable up to 6 times at the Assistant Professor rank. May be terminated under extraordinary circumstances or termination of employment with the affiliated institution.

Permanent status - continuous but contingent on continued employment at the affiliated institution. For appointments at the Associate or Full Professor ranks. May be terminated under extraordinary circumstances or termination of employment with the affiliated institution.

Appointment Frequency Probational status -  renewable annually for a maximum length of 7 years at the Assistant Professor rank.

Permanent status -  continuous but contingent on continued employment at the affiliated institution. May be terminated under extraordinary circumstances or termination of employment with the affiliated institution.

Faculty Most Often Included Faculty whose salary is derived through an approved, affiliated institution, which has a contractual agreement with KU or KUMC for joint or collaborative research and/or teaching. Approval of the institutions eligible for such faculty appointments is granted by the Chancellor of the University of  Kansas. 
Transfer Between Appointment Category May make application to any other faculty appointment category.
Time Commitment 20-100%  (volunteer)
Faculty Voting Privilege None in Faculty Assembly or Faculty Council, but Affiliate faculty are encouraged to participate in faculty activities as non-voting member of committees, etc. (University policy requires at least 50% paid appointment from KUMC for voting privileges.)
Academic Employee Status Volunteer
Notice of Non-reappointment Required Yes, for permanent status, none required for probational faculty.
Promotion Promotion of a faculty member in the affiliate track will proceed through the established academic department peer evaluation and recommendation process to school P&T committees and the respective Dean.  Criteria are defined for these appointments which are consistent within each school.
Membership in Graduate Faculty and Student Sponsorship
 
Special Membership in the Graduate Faculty of the University of Kansas may be granted to qualified faculty with Affiliate Track appointments upon nomination by a sponsoring department and approval by the Dean for Graduate Studies. Authorization to co-chair a doctoral dissertation committee may be considered on a case by case basis.

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