Appointments and ranks for non-bargaining unit members are covered by the UO policy on Academic Classification and Compensation, and bargaining unit members are covered by Article 15 of the UA CBA.


The offer of appointment and appointment contract will specify whether a position is designated tenure-related.

Non-tenure related

The non-tenure-related or non-tenure-track faculty classification refers to a broad scope of positions, including: career, visiting, adjunct (or pro tempore), retired, and postdoctoral scholar.


Courtesy appointments may be offered to persons who visit the university from other institutions or work outside the university, and who contribute without compensation to the appointing department’s program. Courtesy faculty will be issued a picture ID card by the UO Card Office.

The following services will be available to courtesy faculty

  • Library privileges
  • UO email account
  • Faculty/staff parking permit purchase privileges
  • Recreational facilities privileges

Courtesy appointments should not be used for the following:

  • Acknowledging cross-department, cross-school, or cross-college affiliations.
  • Continuation of access to UO services between adjunct appointments

For more information on appointing courtesy faculty, please visit Human Resources - Operations.


Emeritus appointments are unpaid post-retirement appointments for tenured faculty members and career NTTF who have served the university for at least five years at the highest rank available to her/his appointment type (i.e., full professor, senior librarian, or other senior II NTTF rank). Upon retirement, such faculty members are automatically eligible for emeritus status under policy number 02.02.10, Faculty: Rights and Privileges of Emeritus Faculty.

In some instances, at retirement, an individual who does not automatically qualify for emeritus status may be nominated for such status by the department or unit head or by the dean. Nominations are normally made not more than six weeks before the faculty member’s retirement date.

For information on the emeritus/emerita nomination process, please visit HR - Operations.

Members of the graduate faculty who retire may continue to serve as chair, co-chair, or member of a dissertation committee for one year beyond their retirement for students for whom they were chair or member before retirement at the discretion of the department and without Graduate School exception. Read more about Graduate School committee membership.

The Tenure Reduction, Retirement, and Emeriti Committee is charged with advising the university faculty and administration on the matters of policy and practice concerning the rights of emeriti.