Guide to Employee Groups
Tenure/tenure track (assistant professor, associate professor and professor). These positions require a minimum of a doctorate degree or an appropriate terminal degree for the discipline. Faculty members teach, conduct research and engage in public service projects.
Non-tenure track (modified professorial titles, lecturer, instructor, teaching associate, research associate, and clinical associate). Units set the education requirements; however, these positions require a minimum of a bachelor degree.
Academic professionals are those members of the academic staff whose positions have been designated by the president and the chancellor as meeting specialized administrative, professional, or technical needs, in accordance with Article IX of the University of Illinois Statutes, and are exempted from the State Universities Civil Service System. These positions require a minimum of a bachelor degree.
Visiting Academic Professionals
Academic professionals appointed for a temporary duration, and are subject to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with the Visiting Academic Professionals Association (AAP/IEA/NEA). These positions require a minimum of a bachelor degree.
Postdoctoral Research Associates/Postdoctoral Fellows
Employees involved in research and who have completed their doctorate or terminal degree within the last 5 years. Postdoctoral Research Associate appointments should not exceed five (5) years.
Graduate student appointments. There are four types of graduate assistantships:
- Research Assistant - The duties of a Graduate Research Assistant primarily involve applying and mastering research concepts, practices, or methods of scholarship. Examples of typical responsibilities include: Conducting Experiments, Organizing or Analyzing Data; Presenting Findings in a Publication or Dissertation, Collaborating with Faculty in Preparing Publications, Overseeing Work of Other RA's, Other Research Activities.
- Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant - Pre-Professional Graduate Assistants are appointed to non-TA/non-RA assistantship positions, in which they primarily gain experience, practice, or guidance that is significantly connected to their fields of study and career preparation.
- Teaching Assistant - The duties of a Graduate Teaching Assistant are primarily in support of instruction and include such responsibilities as: Teaching Classes, Grading student assignments, Leading Lab or Discussion Groups in a Course Setting, Developing Academic Instructional Materials, Accompanying/Coaching Musical or Vocal Performances, Providing Artistic Instruction, Proctoring Exams, Overseeing/Coordinating the Work of Other TAs, Holding Office Hours, Tutoring students. Teaching assistant positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO).
- Graduate Assistant (Administrative) - The duties of a Graduate Assistant are primarily in support of administrative functions and include such general functions and typical duties as providing technical/support services, advising students, etc. Graduate Assistants (Administrative) are covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO).
An award that provides a monthly living allowance and requires no services in return. The student must be registered to receive a fellowship appointment. Predoctoral fellowships are coordinated through the Fellowship Office in the Graduate College.
Graduate students appointed on an hourly basis for temporary special projects. The student must be registered in the Graduate College for the semesters of the appointment. These appointments do not provide a tuition waiver.
Academic Hourly positions offer opportunities to work in non-Civil Service jobs on a temporary basis. These positions require a minimum of a bachelor degree, along with professional qualifications and expertise.
An appointment that indicates a relationship with the University but that has not service requirement. In most cases, these appointments are provided to people outside of the University to reflect an affiliation with the University.
Employees who have retired from the University, and have been rehired by the University. Can be rehired in an academic or civil service capacity.