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Faculty Appointments & Tenure

UWM faculty consist of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors in an academic department or its functional equivalent.  Under Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes, Section 36.09(4), faculty are vested with responsibility for the immediate governance of the institution and shall actively participate in institutional policy development, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the Board of Regents, the President of the UW System, and the Chancellor.  Faculty also have primary responsibility for academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters.  The faculty have the right to determine their own faculty organizational structure and to select representatives to participate in institutional governance.

Overview of Faculty Appointments from UW System General Counsel’s Office

Wisconsin Statutes Provisions Relating to Faculty:

Wis. Stat. § 36.09(4): Responsibilities of the Faculty

Wis. Stat. § 36.13: Faculty Tenure & Probationary Appointments

Wisconsin Administrative Code Provisions Relating to Faculty:

Chapter UWS 1: Definition of Terms

Chapter UWS 2: Faculty Rules: Coverage and Delegation

Chapter UWS 3: Faculty Appointments

Chapter UWS 4: Procedures for Dismissal

Chapter UWS 5: Layoff and Termination for Reasons of Financial Emergency

Chapter UWS 6: Complaints and Grievances

Chapter UWS 7: Dismissal of Faculty in Special Cases

Chapter UWS 8: Unclassified Staff Code of Ethics

Key UWM Policies Applicable to Faculty:

UWM (Faculty) Policies & Procedures

Faculty Document 2229: Statement on Professional Ethics

UWM Policy on Emeritus/a Status (SAAP-20)

UWM Policy on Merit Salary Recommendations (SAAP-39)

UWM Personnel File Policy (SAAP-42)

UWM Tenured Faculty Review and Development Policy (SAAP-52.75)

UWM Secretary of the University’s Resources on Faculty Governance