All academic appointments require pre-approval in UC Recruit
All academic appointments, including appointments via change in department or change in title, adding a joint without salary appointment, etc., must be pre-approved through UC Recruit prior to submitting the action in MyInfoVault by utilizing one of the following options:
- an open recruitment,
- an appropriate search waiver, or
- an appropriate exemption.
Please review the Guidelines: Search Waivers for Academic Appointees document to make certain that an appropriate category is selected based on the definitions provided in this document before submitting a search waiver or exemption request in UC Recruit. If there is uncertainty about a category, please consult with the dean's office. If additional guidance is needed, the deans' analysts are asked to consult with their assigned Academic Affairs manager. If any type of appointment action comes forward and there is no corresponding item in UC Recruit, then the appointment action may be delayed until one is completed.
UC Davis Faculty Recruitment Strategies Highlighted
UC Davis' Faculty Recruitment Strategies have been highlighted in this Inside Higher Ed article, published July 19, 2018. UC Davis was recognized for developing guidelines for prospective academic applicants as they craft their diversity statement and for the workshops created and mandated for all search committee members aimed at reducing implicit bias. The workshops’ focus is to identify factors that can introduce bias into the faculty recruitment process and to provide evidence-based approaches that will maximize the likelihood that excellent and diverse scholars will be successful in ultimately receiving offers for faculty positions.
Search Waivers and Search Exemptions
The new system-wide Guidelines: Search Waivers for Academic Appointees have been approved by the Office of the President. As expected, the final guidelines are very similar to what we implemented as campus practice in draft form on July 1, 2016 with a few clarifications and definitions. As explained in the annual call, UC Davis adopted these guidelines with the following two exceptions, which we will keep as UC Davis guidelines:
(1) The duration of appointment for Junior Specialists hired under the search waiver criteria for emergency hires is limited to 2 months.
(2) The Non-Senate Faculty and Other Academics search waiver criteria for Spousal/Partner Hire is also available if the successful recruitment and retention of Specialists in Cooperative Extension is ultimately dependent on an academic appointment for his or her spouse/partner.
Additionally, a few clarifications and changes were made to the following Search Waiver and Exemptions:
- Search Waiver category: “PI/Co-PI/Leadership Status” added clarification regarding the Adjunct Professor series
- Exemption category: “Concurrent WOS Appointment” changed to “Concurrent Academic Appointment”
- Exemption category: “True Visitor” changed to “Salaried Visiting Appointments”
All search waiver and exemption requests are supported by UC Recruit. Please remember we also provide a delegation of authority chart to help outline the new criteria. As a reminder, per the delegation of authority, use of the “Other” category must be approved by Academic Affairs prior to submitting an “Other” Search Waiver or Exemption request.
Expectations Regarding Initial Off-Scale Salaries for New Ladder Rank Faculty Hires
All new academic hires will be provided a compensation package in which they receive no less than the average off-scale salary for appointees within the same unit who are within the same title series and salary scale. These new off-scale requirements have several implications for our recruitment process.
- If a candidate is to be offered less than the relevant average off-scale salary, the dean must make a compelling case to the Vice Provost-Academic Affairs for an exception.
- Deans will no longer need to request Vice Provost-Academic Affairs approval of off-scale salaries for new hires that are equal to the relevant unit mean or up to $4,000 above that mean. To expedite processing, requests for approval of off-scale salaries above that +$4,000 limit should also include the average, relevant off-scale salary for comparison and justification.
Recruitment offers typically specify total salary, with the final off-scale salary ultimately determined by the hiring rank and step. Should a new hire be approved at a higher rank or step than anticipated, the dean must still provide an off-scale salary no less than the unit average.
Note: We are bound by APM 510 when it comes to offering an off-scale component for a new hire who is from another UC campus. This could potentially result in an inequity because the salary limit may cause the proposed off-scale to fall below the hiring unit's mean off-scale for new hires. Please carefully monitor these cases and consult Academic Affairs if you have questions.
Recruitments - Policies & Information
- Reference Check Pilot
- APM 500 / UCD 500 - Academic Recruitment Guidelines
- Expectations Regarding Initial Off-Scale Salaries for New Faculty Hires
- Guidelines for Addressing Race and Gender Equity in Academic Programs in Compliance with Prop 209
- Faculty Recruitment / Retention Guidelines and Best Practices
- Academic Personnel Recruitment Policies
- Guidelines for Application of AB 168: Salary History to Academic Recruitments
- AA2015-03 - Recruitments into the Lecturer with SOE and Senior Lecturer with SOE Series; includes the PSOE ranks (3/30/15)
- AA2015-07 - Disclosing Potential Conflicts of Interest (COI) in Faculty Recruitments (9/16/15)
- AA2016-08 - Upgrade Requests and Diversity Statement for Senate Recruitments (7/22/16)
- Advertising UC Davis’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Ladder Rank Recruitments
- Advertising Work-Life Program in Ladder Rank Recruitments
- Crosswalk for Components of a Search Plan and UC Recruit
- Guide for reviewing applicants who may be overqualified for lower rank faculty positions
- How to Request a Diversity Statement in Ladder Rank Recruitments
- How to plan for Preliminary Interviews
Removals - Policies & Information
- APM 550 - Moving Expenses for Intercampus Transfer
- APM 560 - Removal Expenses / General
- APM 561 - Removal Expenses / Assistants
- Academic Removals Chart
- Academic Removals Reimbursement Process
- Business and Finance Bulletin G-13