The University Record, May 21, 2001

Revisions to Regents’ bylaws proposed

Editor’s Note: The following are proposed revisions to Regents’ Bylaws Sections 5.01 and 5.23. Additions are underlined and deletions are

crossed out. Feedback must be received by June 4, 2001, in the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University by email, public.comments@umich.edu or via fax, (734) 763-8011.


Chapter V. The Faculties and Academic Staff

Sec. 5.01. Definitions (revised Feb. 2000)

As used in these bylaws:

1. The term faculty shall include members of the teaching and research staff together with the executive officers, the directors of various teaching, research, and library units, research associates, curators, and persons with similar duties.

2. The term professorial staff shall include professors, associate professors, and assistant professors.

3. The term governing faculty, when used in connection with a school or college, shall include those members of the school or college who are professors, associate professors, and assistant professors. The governing faculty shall include instructors and lecturers who hold appointments of one-half time or more; provided, however, that such instructors and lecturers may vote at faculty meetings only if they have held appointments for one or more years and are authorized to vote by a majority of the professorial staff of the appropriate school or college. The governing faculty may include clinical II professors, clinical II associate professors, clinical II assistant professors, research scientists, associate research scientists, assistant research scientists, research investigators, senior research scientists, and senior associate research scientists when authorized by, and in accordance with, the policies and bylaws of the appropriate school or college.

4. The term teaching staff shall include professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, and teaching fellows.

5. The terms teaching fellow, teaching associate, teaching assistant, student assistant, research assistant, technical assistant, laboratory assistant, and assistant shall be used to designate junior appointees who participate in the processes of teaching and research but do not possess faculty rank. Students in these classifications shall have student status.

6. The term university year, as used in connection with appointments of members of the faculty and other personnel, contains any two terms in the calendar, as defined for the year in question. Faculty members are expected to participate in orientation, registration, and commencement.

Sec. 5.23. Clinical Instructional Staff
(revised February 2000)

1. Adjunct Clinical I Instructional Staff. Any academic unit may appoint professional practitioners in the community or within the University at appointment fractions below 50 percent as adjunct clinical I professors, adjunct clinical I associate professors, adjunct clinical I assistant professors, adjunct clinical I instructors, or adjunct clinical I lecturers to support the instructional program.

Appointments as adjunct clinical I instructional staff are on an annual or shorter basis and are without tenure. Appointment and/or promotion criteria shall be consistent with those for regular instructional staff to the extent applicable.

Adjunct clinical I appointments and reappointments are recommended by the appropriate instructional unit and school, college, or division and are approved by the chancellor (Flint or Dearborn) and president.

2. Clinical II Instructional Staff. An academic unit may be authorized to appoint clinical II instructional staff to support its instructional program only if a policy authorizing such appointments has been adopted by the school, college, or division in accordance with the bylaws of that unit and has been approved by the appropriate provost, chancellor (Flint or Dearborn), president, and Board of Regents.

Clinical II appointments are at appointment fractions of 50 percent or greater and are without tenure. The following titles may be used for clinical II appointments: clinical II professor, clinical II associate professor, clinical II assistant professor, or clinical II instructor.

Appointments to the clinical II track are for a fixed term, cannot exceed seven years in duration, and may be renewed. Appointment and promotion criteria shall be consistent with those for the regular instructional staff to the extent applicable. Further definition of the rights and responsibilities of clinical II faculty, not inconsistent with the Bylaws of the Board of Regents, may be addressed by the bylaws of the academic units.

Clinical II appointments, reappointments, and promotions are recommended by the appropriate instructional unit and school, college, or division and are approved by the appropriate provost, chancellor (Flint or Dearborn), and president.

The vice president and secretary of the university shall maintain a list of those schools, colleges, and divisions that are authorized to make appointments to the clinical II instructional staff.