Joint Appointments Between/Among Departments, Programs, or Schools

In cases where a candidate will have a budgetary joint appointment between departments, between a department and a program, or between LAS and another college, the offer letter will spell out the precise conditions of the appointment. In these cases, one department will be named the “home department.” Executive officers should fully explain the implications of the appointee’s choice of a home department for tenure and promotion. The  departments involved in the joint appointments should also generate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which outlines the responsibilities and expectations of each department as regards the new hire. The college asks that each of the executive officers involved in the joint appointment provide the prospective new faculty member with copies of his or her unit’s guidelines for promotion and tenure.