The Boulder Campus appointment of instructor-rank faculty guidance can be found on the Office of Faculty Affairs website.

The Office of Faculty Affairs considers non-tenure track rostered instructors to be part of the regular faculty, which is also comprised of the tenured and tenure-line faculty. Rostered instructors should be considered as continuing parts of their departmental, college, or school community; they should participate in the governance of the department, in particular in relation to curricular matters. As rostered faculty, they are reviewed as part of the annual merit process.

Such non-tenure track faculty titles include Instructor, Senior Instructor, Scholar-In-Residence, and Artist-In-Residence, and clinical faculty. A description of instructor titles can be found on the Office of Financial Affairs website and Boulder Campus Clinical Teaching Track Faculty. 

Non-tenure track faculty must be hired at .50 FTE/50% time or greater. Appointments for 1 year or less, or percent of time below 50%, are to be made using the title and salary scale of "lecturer".

Title Descriptions

Senior Instructor

The rank of Senior Instructor (job code 1104) are not tenure-eligible. Individual schools and colleges may require Senior Instructors to perform scholarly and/or service activities.


The title Instructor (job code 1105) is granted to faculty who have their master’s degree or its equivalent and should be otherwise well-qualified to teach at the undergraduate (primarily lower division) level. Instructors are not tenure-eligible. The College and its departments/programs typically require Instructors to perform service activities, unless otherwise specified.


The title Scholar-in-Residence (job code 1442) is given to non-tenure track/non-tenured faculty whose combination of academic background and career expertise in areas of business, industry, law, K-12 education, the arts, literature, or government makes them valuable contributors to the undergraduate or graduate curricula. These individuals normally hold the terminal degree appropriate for their disciplines, but have spent much or all of their career outside academia. The Scholar-in-Residence would be under contract primarily to provide classroom instruction in their area of expertise. In addition to those instructional activities, they also may have program management, fundraising, and/or student career advising responsibilities that require the talents and experiences developed in their careers outside academia. Scholars-in-Residence earn the same benefits as those earned by instructor-rank faculty, including membership in the Faculty. They are employees at will.


The title Artist-in-Residence (job code 1449) is given to individuals whose career experience as an artist makes them valuable contributors to the undergraduate or graduate curriculum of their primary unit. Artists-in-Residence usually hold the terminal degree in their discipline but have spent much or all of their careers outside academia. They are employees at will.

Clinical Professor

Clinical Professors (job code 1201) must have a terminal degree or equivalent and a record that, taken on the whole, is judged to be excellent and indicates substantial, significant and continued growth and development and accomplishment in teaching, research, clinical activity, and service.

Clinical Associate Professor

Clinical Associate Professors (job code 1202) must have a terminal degree or equivalent and demonstrated success in teaching, clinical activity or research.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professors (job code 1203) must have a terminal degree or equivalent and demonstrated professional experience to include teaching, clinical activity or research.

Clinical Senior Instructor

Clinical Senior Instructors (job code 1204) permits higher recognition and salary than that of Clinical Instructor.

Clinical Instructor

Clinical Instructors (job code 1205) usually have their master's degree or equivalent and should be otherwise well qualified to teach and have evidence of either clinical or research experience.

Benefits Eligibility

Non-tenure track faculty with 50% appointments or greater are eligible for benefits, including retirement benefits, and are eligible for leave as outlined on the "Leaves of Absence" page.

Background Checks

Per the Background Check Policy found on the CU Boulder website, a background check must be conducted at reappointment or promotion review if a background check has not been processed within three years. The College interprets this to mean that if the background check was passed more than three years prior to the start of the reappointment period, the instructor must undergo a criminal background check at time of offer letter for the reappointment.

The date in which the most recent background check was processed is found in "HCM" in Personal Information on the "CU Personal Data" tab.

For all of the information related to the recruitment and hiring general timeline, compensation, appointment options, length of appointment and the recruitment and hiring process, please refer to the following links: