The University Record, January 10, 2000

Regents’ Bylaws changes, addition proposed

Editor’s Note: The following changes are proposed in Regents’ Bylaws. Comments are due by Jan. 24 to the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University via e-mail to public.comments@umich.edu or fax to 763-8011. Additions are indicated by italics, deletions by strikethrough.


Sec. 5.01. Definitions

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. and in the Law School and the School of Dentistry, clinical professorial staff. 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

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

Appointments as clinical I instructional staff below 50% are on an annual or shorter basis and are without tenure. Appointment and/or promotion criteria shall be consistent with those for regular instructional ranks staff to the extent applicable.

Clinical I appointments or and reappointments are recommended by the appropriate instructional department unit and school, or college, or division and are approved by the 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 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 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.

2. Physicians may be appointed to the Medical School at appointment fractions of 50 percent or higher as clinical professors, clinical associate professors, clinical assistant professors, clinical instructors, or clinical lecturers.

Appointment and/or promotion criteria, shall be consistent with those for regular instructional ranks to the extent applicable.

Clinical appointments or reappointments are recommended by the appropriate instructional department and the school, and are approved by the president.

Medical school appointments as clinical instructional staff at appointment fractions of 50 percent or higher may be for periods up to three years. All clinical appointments are without tenure.

3. Faculty may be appointed to the Law School and the School of Dentistry at appointment fractions of 50 percent or higher as clinical professors, clinical associate professors, or clinical assistant professors.

Appointment and promotion criteria shall be consistent with those for regular instructional ranks to the extent applicable.

Recommendations for appointment, reappointment, and promotion shall be made by the dean and approved by the president.

Law School and School of Dentistry appointments to the clinical instructional staff at fractions of 50 percent or higher may be for periods of up to seven years. All clinical appointments are without tenure.

4. Faculty may be appointed to the College of Pharmacy at appointment fractions of 50 percent or higher as clinical professors, clinical associate professors, clinical assistant professors, or clinical instructors.

Appointment and promotion criteria shall be consistent with those for regular instructional ranks to the extent applicable.

Recommendations for appointment, reappointment, and promotion shall be made by the dean and approved by the president.

College of Pharmacy appointments to the clinical instructional staff at fractions of 50 percent or higher may be for periods of up to three years. All clinical appointments are without tenure.

Proposed new bylaw

Sec. 5.24. Primary Research Scientists

1. Research Scientists. An academic or research unit may appoint research scientists to support the research activities of the University if a policy to authorize such appointments has been adopted by the school, college, division, or research unit in accordance with the bylaws of that unit and has been approved by the vice president for research.

Research scientist appointments are not appointments to the tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty. The following titles may be used for research scientist appointments: research scientist, associate research scientist, assistant research scientist, and research investigator. Further definition of the rights and responsibilities of research scientists, not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Board of Regents, may be addressed by the bylaws of the academic or research units.

Primary research scientist appointments and promotions are recommended by the appropriate instructional unit and school, college, division, or research unit and are approved by the vice president for research and the president.

The vice president and secretary of the university shall maintain a list of those schools, colleges, divisions, and research units that are authorized to make research scientist appointments.

2. Senior Research Scientists. An academic or research unit may appoint senior research scientists to support the research activities of the University if a policy to authorize such appointments has been adopted by the school, college, division, or research unit in accordance with the bylaws of that unit and has been approved by the vice president for research and the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Senior research scientist appointments are not appointments to the tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty. The following titles may be used for senior research scientist appointments: senior research scientist or senior associate research scientist. Further definition of the rights and responsibilities of senior research scientists, not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Board of Regents, may be addressed by the bylaws of the academic or research units.

Senior research scientist appointments and promotions are recommended by the appropriate instructional unit and school, college, division, or research unit and are approved by the vice president for research, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and the president.

The vice president and secretary of the university shall maintain a list of those schools, colleges, divisions, and research units that are authorized to make senior research scientist appointments.