Recommendation for Designation B Appointment in the Union of non-Tenure Track Faculty

The collective bargaining agreement between Michigan State University and the Union of Non-tenure Track Faculty provides that “during the first month of the tenth or subsequent semester of teaching employment within six years of the first of these semesters in a given employing unit, the employee may submit a written request to the unit head or designee, including required documentation of teaching excellence, to be reappointed as a Designation B employee for the teaching portion of the assignment.”

The following procedure implements that provision:

  1. Recommendation for Designation B is predicated on exemplary instructional performance in UNTF bargaining unit assigned teaching duties. Individuals who believe they have established a clear record of sustained, outstanding achievements in teaching must assemble a compendium of materials that documents teaching excellence and submit such documentation to the unit head or designee not later than September 30 th for review during fall semester or January 31 st for review during spring semester. “ Form B: Recommendation for Designation B Appointment in the Union of non-Tenure Track Faculty ” must be used to apply for Designation B consideration.

  2. Where unit administrators utilize a review committee for advice in making a recommendation to the Provost (through appropriate subordinate administrators), the unit review committee should be provided with guidelines and directed to determine objectively the level of accomplishment and excellence in UNTF related teaching duties.

  3. Recommendations of the review committee are forwarded to the appropriate academic unit administrator. The faculty or academic staff member should be provided an opportunity to meet with the review committee prior to it making a recommendation to the unit administrator. Where there is no review committee, the faculty or academic staff member shall be provided an opportunity to meet with the unit administrator before a recommendation is provided to the next level of review. The recommendation of the academic unit administrator is forwarded for subsequent review and action by the relevant major academic unit administrator (usually the dean) and by the Office of the Provost. After review by the Office of the Provost, the UNTF represented fixed term faculty or academic staff member will be notified of the final decision on appointment to Designation B.

Form B: Recommendation for Designation B Appointment in the Union of non-Tenure Track Faculty (PDF)

Form B: Recommendation for Designation B Appointment in the Union of non-Tenure Track Faculty (MS Word)

Verification of Designation B Eligibility form

UNTF Designation B Appointments Frequently Asked Questions