University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Adjunct Faculty
Policy Number: LR 403.1
Effective Date: February 25, 2010
Certain individuals whose education and professional experience enhance the teaching, research, or service programs of UA Little Rock may receive fixed term appointments as adjunct faculty with appropriate academic rank: adjunct distinguished professor, adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor, adjunct assistant professor, or adjunct instructor. Such adjunct faculty are normally:
- employed by an organization other than UA Little Rock and do not receive compensation or salary from UA Little Rock;
- paid from grant funds administered through UA Little Rock;
- employed on a temporary basis to fill a university-funded position; or
- employed primarily (more than 50 percent) in a nonacademic capacity by UA Little Rock. An adjunct faculty position may not be used to circumvent a tenure decision or to extend the probationary period of a nontenured faculty member.
Adjunct faculty appointments are made for a specified period (e.g., one semester or one year), and neither the university nor the individual has a commitment on renewal. Unless the terms of appointment specify otherwise, UA Little Rock’s policies on promotion, tenure, non-reappointment, leave, and off-campus duty assignments do not apply to adjunct faculty. The procedures pertaining to matters of dismissal during a term of appointment, as outlined in the Faculty Handbook, do apply to adjunct faculty.
Adjunct faculty have voice, but not vote in the University Assembly and in official meetings of the college, school, and department. Colleges, schools, or departments may (consistent with the University Assembly’s Constitution and Board of Trustees’ Policy) authorize them voting status by specific action on other matters.
Depending on the source and terms of financial support, adjunct faculty may be eligible for certain fringe benefits. If so, these are specified in the terms of the appointment.
Source: UALR Faculty Handbook 2009-10
Revised: February 22, 2023
Approved By: Chancellor Christina Drale