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Courtesy and Without Salary Appointments

 

Title/series and policy

Use case

Requirements/criteria

Terms and review

UCPath status

Research Associate or Research Fellow

 

See APM 355

 

Courtesy title for individuals (1) with main affiliation at another institution and an ongoing association with UCM; or (2) to establish a relationship with UCM.

 

Ph.D. or equivalent.

Research Associate: independent research.

Research Fellow: fellow from another institution or with fellowship; does not need independent research.

 

2- or 3-year terms, renewable.

 

No review.

 

Contingent worker

 

Visiting Scholar, Visiting Graduate Student, or Visiting Undergraduate Student

 

See APM 430

 

Temporary visitor, usually 1 year or less

 

Main affiliation elsewhere with intent to return.

 

Reappointment beyond one year should be rare.

 

No review.

 

Contingent worker

 

Research series WOS

 

See APM 310(Professional Research); APM 311(Project Scientist); or APM 330 (Specialist Series, including Junior Specialist).

 

Typically, fully funded elsewhere and visiting is not appropriate given the intent to fund a grant through UCM. Use Research Associate if possible.

 

General rule for academic researcher who is not a Principal Investigator (PI): Do not give WOS appointments to Academic Researchers who have been laid off or have not been reappointed because of lapse of funding, even if future funding is expected.

 

Exception for PIs with lapse in funding: If the funding lapse is expected to be restored within four months, the represented title can be placed on a “short work break” in UC Path and the PI may be given a WOS appointment to continue applying for grant funding.

 

There should be clear intention of securing funding.

 

The criteria for evaluation of a candidate for appointment or review in a WOS title shall be the same as for the corresponding regular title.

 

If the candidate is hired through a WOS exemption, the appointee may not receive salary from UC. A search or an approved search waiver is required in order for the appointee to receive salary.

 

2- or 3-year terms, renewable.

 

Eligible for review every 2-3 years.

 

Employee

 

 

 

Visiting Professional Researcher, Project Scientist, or Specialist

 

See APM 230; and corresponding title series

 

Short term (up to 2 years) visitor fitting criteria with support from home institution (e.g., sabbatical) or external agency.

 

See limited definition per title series in APM 230-4.

 

The criteria for evaluation of a candidate for appointment with a Visiting title shall be the same as for the corresponding regular title. Because the appointment is temporary, reasonable flexibility may be used in the application of these criteria.

 

Term not to exceed one (1) year; total period of consecutive service shall not exceed two (2) years.

 

No review.

 

Employee

 

Adjunct Professor WOS

 

See APM 280

 

Main affiliation is external, identifiable teaching and research affiliation with UCM. Occasionally used with other paid UCM employment in non-teaching title if the teaching responsibilities fit the Adjunct series rather than Educator WOS.

 

Must indicate why Research Associate/Fellow, or Educator WOS would not be appropriate.

 

The criteria for evaluation of a candidate for appointment and review shall be the same as salaried Adjunct Professor.

 

If the candidate is hired through a WOS exemption, the appointee may not receive salary from UC. A search or an approved search waiver is required for the appointee to receive salary.

 

2- or 3-year terms, renewable.

 

Eligible for review every 2-3 years.

 

Employee

 

Educator WOS

Must consult with the School staff.

 

Normally short-term (e.g., one semester)

Employee

Affiliated status (IDM)

 

Appropriate to have campus access (UCM Net ID, etc.), but relationship with the University does not rise to the level of other WOS series

 

via identity management

 

No limit.

 

No review.

 

n/a

 

Volunteer (not an academic title)

 

Individual who is volunteering assistance or services to the University and receives no compensation.

 

Cannot perform the same work as paid employees. See HR guidelines for restrictions.
https://risk.ucmerced.edu/risk-procedures

 

 

n/a

 

 

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