University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Unclassified Employment- Faculty

Faculty Governance at UWM
Faculty, academic staff, students and administration share in the decision making process at UWM. Under Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes, faculty are responsible for the institution's immediate governance and are primarily responsible for academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters, subject to the responsibili­ties and powers of the Regents, the President, and the Chancellor.

Each faculty member belongs to a department and a school or college, or to a non-departmentalized school or college. Each department or non departmentalized school or college has an executive committee composed of its tenured faculty which makes program and course decisions and initial person­nel and salary recommendations. The faculty in each school or college governs the college's educational and academic affairs.

In addition, each faculty member also belongs to one of the following four faculty divisions: Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Professions, or Social Sciences. Each of the divisions has an elected executive committee which conducts the second level of review for promotion and the granting of tenure.

Faculty Senate and University Committee
At the University level, the faculty governance unit is the Faculty Senate, elected at large by the University faculty, consists of the University Committee and 40 additional members. Many faculty standing committees report to the Faculty Senate, whose representation is proportioned among the University's various faculty divisions.

The University Committee serves as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate. In this capacity, the University Committee takes actions representing faculty interests and prerogatives within the Senate's jurisdiction when the Senate is not in session. The committee also examines actions concerning campus and faculty and makes recommendations when appropriate. In addition, the committee studies educational policy matters, advises the administration on many matters, and refers grievances by or against faculty members to appropri­ate faculty committees.

For more information about shared governance at UWM, see “Shared Governance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee”.

Types of AppointmentsThe rules on faculty appointments are found in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter UWS 3.

Probationary Appointments
A probationary appointment precedes the granting of tenure for a maximum of seven years. It is made by the UW Board of Regents upon the affirmative recommendation of the executive committee of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent; the dean of the college or school; and the Chancellor. Although probationary appointments are ordinarily made at the rank of instructor or assistant professor, in exceptional cases persons from outside this University may be granted probationary appointments at the rank of associate professor or professor.

Under UWS 3.01, faculty are appointed as Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The appointments are made with or without tenure. The letter of contract outlines the expectations of each faculty member when he or she begins his or her career with UWM.

  • Probationary track appointments: Faculty are given up to seven years to meet the requirements to obtain tenure, and are required to demonstrate their accomplishments in three main areas: teaching, research and service. Leaves of absence are not included in the tenure period and generally faculty submit their tenure documents during their fifth year of service to be granted tenure in their sixth year. If tenure is not obtained a one-year notice period is granted.
  • Tenured faculty appointments: an appointment for an unlimited period approved to a ranked faculty member (Associate or Full) by the Department, Divisional Committee, Chancellor and Board of Regents.
  • Periodic reviews shall be conducted of faculty performance to ensure they are meeting the expectations of their contract.
  • Nonrenewal: The faculty and Chancellor of UWM after appropriate consideration of the rules and procedures with timely notice may nonrenew tenure-track faculty. Written reasons for the nonrenewal shall be included with the notice.
  • Under UWS 3.08 , a tenure track faculty member may seek a reconsideration of the decision for non renewal. If the reconsideration decision still indicates non renewal is warranted then the faculty member may seek an appeal. UWS 3.09 designates the timelines the Chancellor and faculty must adhere to when issuing a non-renewal notice.

Tenure Appointments
A tenure appointment means an appointment for an unlimited period granted to a ranked faculty member by the Board of Regents upon the affirmative recommendation of the executive committee of the appropriate academic department or its functional equivalent, the dean of the college or school, and the Chancellor. Tenure appointment may be granted to any ranked faculty member who holds a half-time appointment or more.

Limited Appointments
A limited appointment is made to a specific administrative position and serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority. A person who has a faculty appointment or permanency in the classified service does not lose it by appointment to an administrative position, but administrative officers do not attain tenure in their administrative positions.

Academic Year Teaching
Generally, Faculty members teach courses each semester as a part of their normal contract period which begins in August and ends in May. There are also additional opportunities for teaching outside of the normal academic year, including during winter break (UWinteriM) and summer session. Courses taught during UWinteriM or summer session proceed at an accelerated pace and often compensated per course taught rather than as an additional month’s payment.

The contractual period for regular summer teaching appointments shall be ei­ther four weeks or eight weeks. Consistent with summer session needs, and with approval by the department and the dean, faculty members may be permitted to allocate their teaching, research, and service activities differentially within the contractual period. The rate of pay shall be 1/9 of the previous academic year salary for each equivalent four weeks of full-time service.

Contractual arrangements for mini-courses, conferences, and special teaching assignments are negotiated individually.

Service and Committees
Each faculty member is expected to serve the University through the process of Shared Governance. This exists through various opportunities to serve on departmental, divisional and University committees. For more information about Faculty Standing committees, see the website for the Secretary of the University,

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