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Adjunct Academic Appointments

What is an Adjunct Academic Appointment? It's an appointment of a person who is generally community based, performs specific limited responsibilities in teaching and/or research, often receives no compensation and does not otherwise hold an academic appointment with the University.

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Appointment Benefits

Educational

  • Closer connection between academia and practice (benefits all)
  • Access to inter professional resources including workshops
  • Connection with curriculum, orientation to programs at university
  • Participate in graduate committees such as thesis committees and defense committees (if graduate status)

Research

  • Access to work study students and students doing research practicum
  • Access to Nursing Research Unit including:
    • Computer access with research related software
    • Notices of research funding opportunities
    • Notices of successful funding and projects that can promote linkages
    • Access to workshops and educational activities
    • Research mentorship program

General Benefits

  • Western email account (must be activated)
  • Library access
  • Networking opportunities
  • Self and professional development

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Appointment Responsibilities

  1. Participate in school activities each year

  2. Assurance from employers regarding participation

  3. Participating in orientation

  4. Maintain Western email account
    • The University email system is a service provided to support necessary communication in conducting and administering the business of the University, including teaching, research and scholarly activities. The centrally administered email account will be considered the individual’s official University email address. It is the responsibility of the account holder to ensure that email received at his/her official University address is attended to in a timely manner. Western email accounts can be checked easily at mail.uwo.ca.
    • View Instructions on how to forward Western emails to another email account.
    • NOTE: If you forward your Western email to another email address, be aware that if your alternate inbox is full - you will not receive your Western email.

  5. Keep contact information up to date.
    • Adjunct Faculty will be asked to provide information about their clinical specialty and/or research interests and update it annually.

  6. At the end of each appointment term (three years for new appointments; five years for renewals) Adjunct Faculty will be asked to inform the School of their intent to renew their Adjunct appointment and asked to provide a brief summary of their involvement with the School since their last appointment. This might include guest lecturing, preceptoring students, participating on a thesis committee, or other contributions.

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Procedures for Recommending Adjunct Appointments

  1. In January of each year the Appointments Committee:

    • Invites nominations of individuals in the nursing community to be considered for adjunct appointments;
    • Informs School Council of the renewal of adjunct faculty with appointments ending during the current calendar year

  2. By January 31st of each year, the following information will be submitted to the Chair of the Appointments Committee:

    For New Adjunct Appointments

    • Nominators will submit a letter of nomination (hard copy or email) that describes the work context and relationship with the nominee and suggestions regarding their potential involvement with the School
    • The nominator will ask the nominee to submit a current CV along with a cover letter
    • The letter should include what the individual believes s/he can contribute to the School (guest lectures, mentorship, preceptorship, research, publications, etc.)
    NOTES:
    • If the nominee is expected to be on thesis committees as a committee member, this information is to be included in the letter of nomination.
    • If the nominee’s qualifications might place them at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and information about future graduate contributions is not included in the nomination letter, the nominee will be considered for either Adjunct Lecturer or Adjunct Assistant Professor
    • The ranks will be based on the criteria noted below. Individuals ranked at Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Professor will be nominated by the Graduate Chair for Membership in SGPS for a period equal to the adjunct appointment.

    For Adjunct Appointment Renewal

    • Current adjunct faculty will be invited to inform the School of their intent to renew their Adjunct appointment and asked to provide a brief summary of their involvement with the School since their last appointment (this might include guest lecturing, precepting students, participating on a thesis committee, or other contributions
    • Adjunct faculty will be asked to seek of letter of nomination from a full-time faculty member at the School and include this information in their request for renewal

  3. In February of each year, the Appointments Committee will review submitted CVs to determine rank for renewals. The rank will take into account the appointee’s qualifications, experience, and achievements and will be guided by the following:

  4. See Chart

    Rank Academic Qualifications Expectations
    Lecturer Minimum BScN or equivalent
    • Guest lecturing
    • Precepting students

    Appropriate for someone without completed doctoral degree or equivalent and where activity is ancillary to the appointee’s principal occupation.

    Adjunct Clinical Professor Minimum BScN
    • Guest lecturing
    • Clinical consultation

    Appropriate in cases where responsibility within the academic unit relating to clinical activity, such as precepting, is ancillary to the appointee’s principal occupation (e.g., psychologist, dentist, physical therapist) may be nominated for consideration by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies* for status in thesis examination**

    Adjunct Research Professor (no independent research) Minimum BScN or equivalent
    • Guest lecturing
    • Research team membership

    Appropriate in cases where responsibilities within academic unit relating to research activity is ancillary to the appointee’s principal occupation or area of specialization.May include limited involvement in anticipated teaching/supervision in addition to the research component.

    Adjunct Research Professor (independent research required) Minimum MScN or equivalent and independent research track record
    • Guest lecturing
    • Research team membership

    Appropriate in cases where responsibilities within academic unit relating to research activity is ancillary to the appointee’s principal occupation or area of specialization. May include limited involvement in anticipated teaching/supervision in addition to the research component.

    Adjunct Assistant Professor Normally minimum PhD or the equivalent (e.g., in some instances an MScN or equivalent with a substantial teaching and professional practice record
    • Guest lecturing
    • Precepting students
    • Consulting as needed on Curriculum Development task group
    • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies appointment for thesis examination* plus thesis committees**
    Adjunct Associate Professor MScN or equivalent with a research track record PhD or equivalent with a research track record
    • Guest lecturing
    • Precepting students
    • Consulting as needed on Curriculum Development task group
    • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies appointment for thesis examination* plus thesis committees**

    Appropriate for someone more senior than Adjunct Assistant Professor and where activity is ancillary to the appointee’s principal occupation.

    Adjunct Professor PhD or equivalent plus substantial research track record and recognized nationally and internationally
    • Guest lecturing
    • Precepting students
    • Consulting as needed on Curriculum Development task group
    • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies appointment for thesis examination* plus thesis committees**
    Honorary Professor Reserved generally for those who have attained academic or professional distinction in their field. Appointment as an Honorary Professor recognizes a mutually beneficial scholarly association between the University and the appointee.
    • An honorary appointment need not entail any teaching or other academic responsibilities on the part of the appointee
    • An infrequently used shorter term appointment.

    Appropriate for someone who has attained academic or professional distinction in his/her field to recognize a mutually beneficial scholarly association between the University and the appointee.

  5. Should an individual with an Adjunct Academic Appointment (AAA) become a student in one of the academic programs, the AAA will be discontinued to preclude role confusion and potential conflict of interest. Current students at Western are not eligible for Adjunct Academic Appointments. Once the student has concluded the program of studies, s/he may reapply for an AAA if and as appropriate.

  6. The Appointments Committee will provide a list of nominees and their recommended ranks to the Director annually before March 31st.

  7. The Director will send recommendations for Adjunct appointments and the accompanying ranks to the Dean, FHS.

  8. Appointments will be effective on July 1st of the given year for a period of 3 years (for initial appointments) and 5 years (for renewals).

  9. The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing directory lists current staff, full-time faculty, and adjunct faculty along with hyperlinks to their Western email accounts. New adjunct appointees are asked to provide their clinical specialty/research interests for inclusion on this webpage.

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Procedures for Adjunct Academic Appointments of Faculty at Western

Approved by Senate and the Board of Governors: June 21, 2001
Updates approved by the Board of Governors: May 6, 2004, January 29, 2009

Faculty members appointed under these Procedures for Adjunct Appointments are required to comply with the policies, rules and regulations of the University and to declare any real or potential conflict of interest. The policies and procedures shall apply to those individuals:

Notwithstanding the above, on occasion an individual appointed under this policy may hold a Limited-Duties appointment to teach at the University provided that the provisions of the Collective Agreement have been followed for that appointment.

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