A joint appointment exists where a faculty member holds an academic appointment in more than one academic unit. Joint appointments bring many advantages, including interdisciplinary scholarship and collegiality, but they also present challenges, especially for individual faculty members who must respond to the demands of more than one Head of Academic Unit.
To help provide clarity in expectations and obligations of all parties, please use the Joint Appointment Checklist. This checklist should be used to confirm that all aspects of a joint appointment are discussed at the time the appointment is made. A written agreement should be in place confirming these points, signed by the relevant heads of academic units and the faculty member.
The University has also compiled a guide of “best practices” concerning appointment, promotion and tenure for joint appointments.