Part-time appointments are described in the SMD Regulations of the Faculty. To summarize briefly here:
In order to accommodate responsibilities outside of work, or for other personal reasons, many faculty members may prefer to work part-time. Employed faculty members may, with the approval of their chair or center director, change their full-time faculty appointment to part-time, defined by the University as ≥50% effort (but <100% effort of course). Those with academic appointments (e.g., titles such as Assistant Professor) would have their “academic clock” prorated by the % effort, “clock” referring to the maximum time at the Assistant Professor level (seven years) or the tenure clocks at the Associate Professor level for those in the activity component of Research (five years for Research and Teaching only, 10 years for Research, Clinical, and Teaching). Also, please note that in general, tenure is available only to full-time faculty members (please see this excerpt from the SMD Regulations of the Faculty for more details).
Faculty members at <50% effort are, under University policies, considered to be TAR employees. TAR appointments are not considered to be academic appointments.
A summary of part-time and TAR benefits may be found on the HR benefits summary page
. Please note that there may be important differences in the benefits for full-time vs. part-time vs. TAR faculty members. Please also see the Benefits
tab for more information and resources.