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Faculty Personnel Policies

B2:  Faculty Designations

a. Types of Appointment

Appointments to the Hope College faculty are of four kinds:

  1. A regular appointment begins as a one-year appointment and, given satisfactory performance, it may be renewed annually and eventually lead to tenure status (see B4).  It is possible by special arrangement for a regular appointment to be made on a fractional-time basis: for example, for a single position to be shared by a couple, or to provide partial leave or released time for personal or professional purposes.

  2. A term appointment is for a specific period not to exceed three consecutive years.  It does not lead to tenure status.  It is commonly described as "non-tenure-track."

  3. A part-time regular appointment begins as a one-year appointment and, given satisfactory performance, it may be renewed annually.  It does not normally lead to tenure status, but may do so if the conditions set forth in B4 have been met.

  4. A part-time lectureship is granted for teaching one or more courses in a given semester.  The appointment may be renewed on a semester-by-semester basis.  It normally involves teaching responsibilities only.  Such an appointment (or series of appointments) does not lead to tenure status.

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