Dear Alma, A friend of mine has been a full-time Research Associate Professor for twenty years. This year his appointment was reduced to less than full-time (0.90 appointment level). Now he is afraid that the university might let his contract lapse next year without telling him in writing that he won’t have a job! Can it really be true that after twenty years he has no job security and no notice rights?Signed, Worried about the Mortgage
On this campus, the answer is YES: such a long-serving faculty member on the “research professor” track has no right to be told in advance that they will not be reappointed, if their current appointment is not full-time… See page 35 of the Statutes.
At our sister campus in Chicago, where faculty work under a union contract, he would be entitled to a longer-term contract with notice rights. I’ll bet you see where I am going: he’d be a lot better off with a union at UIUC.