The University of Iowa

Research Track Appointments

Research-track (FR11-13) faculty hold positions through which they contribute almost all of their time to performing externally supported research and are expected to submit or assist in the submission of research grant applications. Research-track faculty are appointed at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor. Research-track faculty are not eligible for tenure. Initial appointments for research-track is one to three years in duration. After three years or prior to that if a promotion is contemplated, a full-scale, departmental-collegiate review will be made. Research-track faculty cannot be assigned to teach courses, but they could be assigned, as needed, to provide auxiliary lectures on areas of knowledge relevant to their research or to engage in other teaching as may be required by the terms of their research grant or contract. They participate in the faculty governance process as described and defined by individual colleges and the Faculty Senate. For more information about research-track appointments, refer to the Operations Manual, III 10.10.

Research-track faculty will receive terms of appointment consistent with established procedures for non-tenure track University employees; however, appointments cannot be for a period longer than current external support for that faculty member.

An Equal Opportunity and Diversity search must be conducted for all research track appointments that are 50% time or more and extend for more than one year.  Following a review of the candidate's qualifications by the hiring department, the College may request permission to extend an offer through the Search and Selection Summary (SSS) process.  A Waiver of a search must be requested in writing and approved by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the Office of the Provost. For a complete description of search/posting requirements, see Search/Posting Guidance document.

Once a candidate is selected and the Search and Selection Summary is approved, an offer may be made.

The appointment form including required attachments is routed in Workflow. 

Required Workflow Attachments and Offer Letter Elements