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Research Appointment Process

(1) DETERMINE POSITION

Recommendations are initiated by the department.  View the Office for Research’s criteria for staff and visitor research appointments and research faculty appointments to determine which appointment is most suitable for the applicant.  The Weinberg Dean’s Office produces the official offer letter; formal arrangements with an incoming scholar cannot be offered at the department level.  Appointees are bound by all University Policies.

(2) COLLECT DOCUMENTATION

If applicable, work with the International Office to prepare visa materials.  All new visitor appointments require health insurance waiver or application that have been approved by Risk Management.   To determine the required documents for each position see the Weinberg Research Appointment Process flowchart.  Complete the corresponding recommendation form:

Email all required information to Shelley Levine in the Weinberg Dean’s Office for processing.

(3) APPROVAL PROCESS

Postdoctoral Fellow appointment recommendations are reviewed by the Weinberg Dean’s Office in consultation with The Graduate School.

Faculty, Staff, and Visitor Research Appointments are reviewed by the Weinberg Dean’s Office and then forwarded to the Office for Research for a final review.

After final review, a formal appointment letter from the Dean’s Office and the fully executed appointment form will be forwarded to the department administrator.  The department sends the letter to the appointee.

(4) REAPPOINTMENTS AND CHANGES TO EXISTING APPOINTMENTS

Submit appropriate recommendation form with required supporting documentation and check appropriate box with Action Requested:

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