Non-Senate Faculty

Lecturers

Non-Senate faculty members (aka Unit 18 Lecturers) provide instructional services to the campus. Appointees have full or partial responsibility for the instruction of approved regular University courses for campus credit. They may also perform other types of instruction-related work. Non-Senate faculty members are represented by the American Federation of Teachers, and all terms of employment and policies regarding the Lecturer series are governed by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Lecturers Unit (IX).

Appointees are not expected to engage in research, are not members of the Academic Senate, and may not be enrolled as a student on any UC campus. They are key members of the educational community at UC Merced.

To be considered for appointment, or "reappointment," candidates must submit an application, with required materials, through AP Recruit. The recruitment process provides the information and materials needed to assess each candidate for a non-senate faculty appointment.

Pre-Six Lecturer

During the first 12 semesters (or six years) of a Lecturer's service to the same Unit at UC Merced, he or she is known as a "pre-six Lecturer." Appointments are temporary and are normally made for one year or less, but may be for a period of up to two years. An appointment of any percentage time during the academic year counts towards the 12 semesters of service credit. Summer Session and without-salary appointments do not count toward service credit.

Continuing Lecturer

Continuing appointments are granted to some Lecturers after 12 semesters (or six years) of service to the same Unit at UC Merced. If there is an instruction need for their continued services, candidates must undergo an Excellence Review and be found to meet the excellence standard required for an appointment to a Continuing Appointment.

Detailed information is available at:

Chapter 3 Section 10 of the MAPP

Non-Academic Senate Instructional Unit Contract

Required forms

Visiting and Adjunct

Visiting Professor

A Visiting Professor normally has held, is on leave from, or is retired from a similar academic appointment at another institution. Occasionally, other qualifications may make a Visiting appointment appropriate. A Visiting Professor is expected to perform duties similar to those required of the Professor series. A Visiting appointment is made for one year or less, and the total period of service may not exceed two years, with the exception of mathematics programs, which allow a three-year total for Visiting Assistant Professors.

Adjunct Professor

Affiliated faculty of UC Merced. An Adjunct Professor holds a renewable temporary appointment, typically for a term of two to three years depending on rank and step. Appointees must adhere to the same academic personnel procedures and standards of excellence as those in the Professor series, and are expected to contribute to the research, teaching and service endeavors of the campus.

Librarians

Librarians provide professional services in the UC Merced Library in support of the campus’s research, teaching and public service missions. All terms of employment and policies for represented Librarians are contained in the Memorandum of Understanding for the Professional Librarians Unit (LX). Librarians are represented by the American Federation of Teachers, except for those in management, supervisory, and confidential positions, who are covered by APM-360 and APM-365. Personnel processes are managed internally by the Library, with the support of the Academic Personnel Office as requested.