The Office of Faculty Affairs considers non-tenure-track and non-instructor-rank faculty as "other" and refer to them as temporary faculty because they are generally hired for periods of less than one year, typically on a semester-to-semester basis. Such other faculty titles include Lecturer, Adjoint, Adjunct, Visiting, and Attendant Rank. Information pertaining to other faculty can be found on the Office of Faculty Affairs website. Title descriptions and guidelines are provided below:


The title Lecturer (job code 1419) is granted to a scholar invited to the University to give lectures or perform other teaching duties. The lecturer should possess the same qualifications as regular faculty members. The lecturer title may also be granted to a person of high repute in a field of endeavor related to an academic discipline who has been invited by the University to give a series of lectures or otherwise render instruction. Tenure may not be awarded to a lecturer either initially or after an extended term, and lecturers are not eligible for retirement or membership in the Faculty Senate. Lecturer is the title given to individuals hired to teach on a course-by-course basis. Lecturers are qualified to teach the particular course or courses for which they have been hired. Lecturers are employees at will and are hired on a temporary basis to teach one or more courses per term.

Lecturers are faculty who give lectures or perform other teaching duties. Individuals who are expected to perform service should be appointed as Instructors.

Teaching Limitations

Lecturers may teach up to four courses, or the equivalent up to a 100% appointment, each semester including courses taught on all CU campuses and through Continuing Education.*

Benefits Eligibility

Lecturer faculty with 50% appointments or greater are eligible for benefits with the exception of retirement benefits; however, not eligible for leave.


The titles Professor Adjoint (job code 1406), Associate Professor Adjoint (job code 1407), or Assistant Professor Adjoint (job code 1408) are used to designate individuals, such as employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or other agencies or institutions who offer courses or supervise academic programs without compensation above their regular salary. Adjoint Professors have the usual privileges and responsibilities of members of the regular faculty, except that these positions are not tenure eligible and are at will. Their academic qualifications should be similar to those of regular faculty in full Professor, Associate, or Assistant ranks.

Benefits Eligibility

Adjoint faculty are not eligible for benefits and are not eligible for leave.


Adjunct faculty status of Professor Adjunct (job code 1409), Associate Professor Adjunct (job code 1410) and Assistant Professor Adjunct (job code 1411) is awarded to an individual who previously held the rank of full Professor, Associate, or Assistant at a comparable higher education institution. Adjunct faculty members are hired on a course-by-course, part-time, non-tenure track basis (similar to lecturers). The title of full Professor, Associate, or Assistant Professor Adjunct will be dependent upon the last rank held by the individual in a comparable institution. If the permanent faculty believes an individual's qualifications and experience warrant an adjunt appointment event though the individual has not previously held a professional rank, the title of Assistant Professor Adjunct normally would be recommended.

Benefits Eligibility

Adjunct faculty are not eligible for benefits and are not eligible for leave.


The titles Visiting Professor (job code 1401), Visiting Associate Professor (job code 1402) and Visiting Assistant Professor (job code 1403) are used to designate individuals that have a temporary appointment for a defined period such as an academic year, semester, or summer term. The visiting title should indicate the faculty membe's rank at his/her home institution or planned for at this university.

Benefits Eligibility

Visiting faculty with 50% appointments or greater are eligible for benefits; however, not eligible for leave.

Attendant Rank

Attendant rank titles are Professor Attendant, Associate Professor Attendant, Assistant Professor Attendant, Senior Instructor Attendant, Instructor Attendant, Museum Curator Attendant, Museum Associate Curator Attendant, Museum Assistant Attendant and may be granted to persons holding University administrative or service positions. Those approved for this rank are expected to possess the same scholarly qualifications in a disciple as regular faculty members and to engage in instructional activities without compensation over and above their regular salary. Those attaining this title have the same rights and privileges available to regular faculty members, except that they are not eligible for consideration of tenure.

For more information on the general timeline, length of appointment, compensation and process of recruitment and hiring for temporary faculty please refer to the following links: