Adjunct Appointments

Intent

Adjunct appointments provide a mechanism for recognising in a formal way suitably qualified and experienced individuals who have a close association with, and make a significant contribution to, the academic activities of the University in a largely honorary capacity on an ongoing basis. This includes recent JCU research higher degree graduates who need access to JCU resources to publish their research.

Policy and Procedures

1. Designations / Criteria

Appointments may be made to the following designations:

  • Adjunct Professor / Professorial Research Fellow;

  • Adjunct Associate Professor/ Principal Research Fellow;

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow;

  • Adjunct Lecturer/ Research Fellow;

  • Adjunct Research Associate

Recognising that appointees may be drawn from a variety of backgrounds two categories of appointment are available - academic and professional/clinical.

In the case of academic appointments the criteria for determining the designation shall be the Academic or Research Fellow Position Classification Standards. With respect to the designation of Adjunct Research Associate the appointee must be a recent JCU higher degree by research graduate who will continue to make a significant contribution to the research activities of the university. For professional/clinical appointments the criteria will be formulated by each Faculty and approved by the Senior Adjunct Appointment Committee to reflect particular Faculty requirements.

With respect to Professional/Clinical appointments the particular classification will be identified as follows: e.g. Adjunct Senior Lecturer (Professional).

2. Scope of Activities and Intellectual Property

Appointees will be expected to contribute on a regular and ongoing basis to one or more of the following University activities:

  • Teaching;

  • Collaborative research;

  • Postgraduate supervision; and

  • Staff and student consultations.

The appointee will be responsible to the head of the appropriate cost centre for these activities.

Research and consulting activities carried out under the auspices of the University will generally be governed by the same rules as apply to full-time academic staff, save that ownership of intellectual property will be negotiated on a case by case basis, with consideration given to the University's Intellectual Property Policy.

3. Period of Appointment

Appointments will be normally be made for periods of up to three years and may be renewed. When the adjunct appointee is expected to contribute to the education of research higher degree students as a principal advisor, the appointment may be up to five years to span the expected duration of candidature.

Appointments will automatically lapse in the event of the appointee ceasing to have a significant association with the University or upon gaining a regular salaried academic appointment at the University.

4. Termination of Appointment

Appointments can be terminated by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at his/her discretion and/or for significant breaches of applicable JCU Policies and Codes of Practice.

5. Access to Facilities

While appointment confers no obligation on the University to provide resources, appointees may be granted access to university and service facilities as deemed appropriate by the head of the relevant academic unit

6. Limitations

Appointees are not normally eligible to vote in any University election and shall not be members of any academic unit unless a special resolution is approved by the particular Faculty/Division on the recommendation of the appropriate Pro/Deputy -Vice-Chancellor.

Appointees who by virtue of their association with the University are successful in gaining research funding shall be required to direct such funds through the University.

Adjunct titles shall not be used outside of University related business viz appointees should not use a University title in their normal professional capacity but limit their usage to involvement in University activities.

7. Remuneration

While adjunct appointments are largely honorary, remuneration at appropriate rates may be payable for part-time teaching or postgraduate supervision. Additionally appointees may be appropriately remunerated from funds generated by research or consulting activities.

In the event of an adjunct appointee gaining regular salaried employment with the University the level of the adjunct appointment shall not be a factor in determining either the salary or the level of the regular appointment.

8. Procedure

Proposals for appointments are to be made on the Adjunct Appointment Proposal HR58A form through the head of the relevant academic unit to the appropriate Pro/Deputy -Vice-Chancellor. A recent curriculum vitae of the nominee is to be attached.

Nominations up to the level of Associate Professor will be considered by the relevant Faculty/Divisional Adjunct Appointment Committee which in the case of faculties shall be constituted as follows:

  • Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Chair);

  • Head of Academic Unit;

  • Nominee of Head of Academic Unit (normally a professor or associate/professor from an appropriate discipline).

In its deliberations the Committee may elect to seek further advice (i.e. from external assessors), approve or not approve an appointment and determine the level of appointment. The approving authority will be the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor or (where appropriate) the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation who will sign the appointment letter.

Nominations at the level of Professor will be considered by the Senior Adjunct Appointment Committee constituted as follows:

  • Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation (Chair);

  • Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;

  • Head of Academic Unit

  • Nominee of Head of Academic Unit (normally a professor or associate/professor from an appropriate discipline).

In its deliberations the Committee may elect to seek further advice from external assessors and recommend or not recommend an appointment.

A recommendation for an appointment shall be forwarded to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor for consideration and decision.

9. Re-appointments

Subsequent re-appointments up to the level of Adjunct Associate Professor/ Principal Research Fellow (Academic Level D) may be approved by the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor/ Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation on the recommendation of the head of the appropriate academic unit.

Subsequent re-appointments at adjunct professorial level (Academic Level E) may be recommended by the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation on the advice of the head of the appropriate academic unit and submitted, through the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, to the Vice-Chancellor for consideration and decision.

A re-appointment letter, for the signature of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor/ Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation or Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor as appropriate will be prepared by Human Resources Management.

Related Documents, Legislation or JCU Statutes

Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences Policy on Adjunct Appointments

Approval Details

Policy sponsor:

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Approval authority:

Human Resources Committee

Date for next review:

29 May 2017

Revision History

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18/08/2015

19/08/2015

Policy sponsor and Approval authority amended in accordance with the approved Policy and Delegations Framework

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Version no.

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29/05/2012

29/05/2012

Changes to broaden scope and include JCU research higher degree graduates.

11-1

Addition of Adjunct Research Associate

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14/07/2009

15/07/2009

Changes to Section 7 and 8

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27/05/2008

28/05/2008

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