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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Courtesy Appointments in Department of Extension

Regular faculty with appointments of 50 percent or more in other units of the university, are eligible to be appointed to and hold non-salaried appointments in the department. Non-salaried regular faculty affiliation with the department carries the expectation of significant contribution to the department, equivalent to the teaching of one three-credit course, serving as co-investigator on a research project, or entails regular interaction on an outreach and engagement initiative for the department. In general, non-salaried faculty are eligible to:

  • teach Extension/outreach educational programs,
  • develop educational materials,
  • attend and participate in faculty and departmental meetings,
  • serve on departmental committees, including search committees for regular faculty, and
  • serve as project leaders and principal investigators on funding proposals.

Faculty on courtesy appointments are not eligible to vote on departmental governance issues.

Courtesy appointments are considered for faculty affiliation in one of two ways: by invitation to the faculty member or by an individual’s or administrative unit’s request to be affiliated with the department because of their academic interests and potential to contribute to the departmental programs.

Non-salaried regular faculty appointments will be approved in accordance with the same procedures as apply to budgeted, regular faculty appointments except that a departmental search committee normally will not initiate the process. The appropriate department promotion and tenure committee will review the request. The candidate’s credentials must be submitted and a recommendation for approval made by the review committee to the chair. A positive majority vote by the review committee is required for approval.

All courtesy appointment faculty will have their responsibilities outlined prior to the appointment. The term of appointment is for one year with an annual review. The purpose of this review will be to assess the faculty member’s record of contributions to the department and to guard against non-salaried appointments becoming courtesy appointments with no significant contribution to departmental programs. The review will be conducted by the department chair and, in alternate years, by the faculty, represented by the appropriate P&T committee. Following satisfactory review, the department chair will renew the appointment.

To implement the latter review, the P&T chair will request from non-salaried appointees a listing of their contributions in teaching, research, outreach and service to the department during the past two years. The P&T committee will discuss these contributions and will make a recommendation to the faculty and department chair regarding re-appointment or termination of the appointment.

Current reference: APT (2014) is posted on the Ohio State Office of Academic Affairs website
Original reference: Department of Extension APT document (2009)
– July 10, 2014; reviewed – April 2015