Annual Call for Unit 18 Members


August 13, 2018

RE: 2018-19 Call for Unit 18 Appointments

Dear Colleagues:

I write to alert you to critical deadlines to submit recommendations for Continuing Appointments and merit actions for Unit 18 Lecturers, Supervisors of Teacher Education and Child Development Demonstration Lecturers. Because these titles are covered by the Unit 18 contract, the review of these titles follows the campus contract implementation guidelines.

Review for Initial Continuing Appointments:  Department reviews for all initial continuing appointments should commence no later than 10 months prior to the effective date of the action.  The deadline for submission of these materials for review in the Office of the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs is no later than 6 months prior to the effective date of the action. For example, the departmental review for an initial continuing appointment effective July 1, 2019 should commence early in Fall 2018 and be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs by January 1, 2019. This will ensure a timely review of all initial continuing appointments.

Merit Reviews for Continuing Appointments: Continuing Appointees are entitled to merit reviews every three years.  If a Continuing Appointee is, upon review, determined to have performed at an excellent level since the last review, he/she shall be granted a 6% increase.  Above normative merits (e.g., 9% increase) are rare and must be justified by extraordinary accomplishments exceeding mere excellent performance.  Regular merits (6%) are redelegated to Deans.  Any request for above normative merit (e.g., 9%) must be reviewed by CAP and the VP, Academic Affairs.

Ninth Quarter Mentoring Meeting:  Any Lecturer hired in the same department/program/unit entitled to a mentoring meeting with the Chair or Chair’s designee during the academic year in which the ninth quarter or sixth semester of service occurs.  This is an opportunity for the Chair or designee to provide feedback to the Lecturer based on teaching evaluations, peer classroom visits (if any), and instructional materials prepared by the Lecturer.  For more information see the Pre-Six Year Mentoring Meeting Toolkit on the Academic Affairs home page.

Lecturer Workload:  Article 24 of the contract requires that all assigned duties (whether teaching courses or performing other duties, such as committee service) performed by a Lecturer must be taken into account when calculating that Lecturer’s appointment percentage.  Unlike for senate faculty, it is not appropriate to expect a Unit 18 Lecturer to perform service in addition to carrying a full time teaching load.

Unit 18 (IX) New Employee Orientations: Unit 18 (IX) new employee orientations are scheduled once per quarter throughout the 2018/2019 academic year. The unit 18 (IX) new employee orientation is designed to familiarize new employees in the IX unit with relevant information about working at the University and inform new instructors about the Union and what membership entails. Attendance at the orientation is voluntary and is not required as a term of employment or union membership. Dates, times and locations for the 2018/2019 unit 18 (IX) new employee orientations are as follows:

  • Friday, October 5, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in Mrak Hall Room 203
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in Mrak Hall Room 203
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in Mrak Hall Room 203

The University will present information from 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. The UC-AFT will present information from 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Do not hesitate to contact Director Paul Harris, Academic Employment and Labor Relations, with any questions relating to Unit 18.  He can be reached at or 530-752-2090.