The Office of Faculty Affairs coordinates a variety of activities associated with faculty life and academic programming on the Boulder campus. The office is a branch of the Division of Academic Affairs and is administered by the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs.

Major office functions include:

  • Faculty recruitment, hiring, and appointments
  • Reappointment, tenure, and promotion
  • Post-tenure review
  • Leaves, sabbaticals, and retirement
  • Faculty benefits and services
  • Academic program reviews
  • Salary equity appeals
  • Faculty relations
  • Junior faculty mentoring
  • Processing faculty personnel actions requiring approval by the University of Colorado Board of Regents, president or chancellor
  • The Faculty Report of Professional Activities (FRPA)
  • The Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP)
  • Leadership Education For Advancement and Promotion (LEAP) program

Use their A-Z Information Guide for information on the above items.

All CU employees, including faculty, instructors, and research faculty access benefits and payroll information through the CU System Employee Services Office in Denver. 303-860-4200
  • For information about your benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, retirement savings and wellness programs contact the Benefits office at: benefits@cu.edu.
  • For questions regarding payroll, you can contact the Payroll Office at 303-860-4200. You can also utilize the CU employee portal for many payroll processes and tax forms.

Research Faculty and Post-Doctoral Fellowship recipients report up through the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation. HR processes for Research Faculty are coordinated through CU Boulder HR, not Faculty Affairs. The Boulder Campus Research Associate Faculty Series include the following titles:
  • Professional Research Assistants (PRAs)
  • Sr. Professional Research Assistants (Sr. PRA’s)
  • Research Associates
  • Sr. Research Associates

This newly adopted policy is part of APS 5019, Parental Leave for Faculty and Staff. At CU Boulder the following faculty are included: TT Faculty, Research Professors, Instructors, Senior Instructors and Teaching Professors on 9 & 12-month contracts. The Office of Faculty Affairs manages all faculty leave, but faculty and instructors should also work with their department/unit HR staff.

Each college/school/unit at CU Boulder has processes for faculty regarding these items:

(ARSC) College of Arts & Sciences  

(BUSN) Leeds School of Business - Personnel information can be accessed by faculty on the Leeds Intranet link. For further questions contact your department Chair or the Leeds Manger of Faculty Support Services. 

(CMCI) College of Media, Communication, and Information – Faculty should contact the Department Chair and/or review department bylaws for specific processes related to these items. For additional questions, faculty should contact the CMCI Director of Operations.

(ENGR) Engineering

(EDUC) School of Education

(LAWS) Colorado Law School – The Law School Rules provide governing principles for a range of matters involving faculty governance, faculty hiring and promotion, curriculum, student admissions, and graduation requirements.

(MUSC) College of Music – see the Bylaws of the College of Music. For additional items contact the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Operations.  

Resources regarding these issues outside your department include:

Faculty Relations - The position of director of faculty relations was established in 2007 in recognition of the need to provide services to faculty members and academic administrators to help develop and maintain working relationships that are positive and productive. These services include individual consultation, mediation, assessment of unit dynamics, and investigations of allegations of unprofessional behavior as defined in the PRD (Professional Rights and Duties of Faculty Members.) 

Ombuds Office - The Ombuds office assists all CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty with any university-related dispute or concern. The Ombuds Office is a safe, credible, accessible and voluntary resource. Services are offered free of charge and are kept in strict confidence.

Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) - The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) is responsible for three policies at the University of Colorado Boulder: Sexual Misconduct, Protected Class Discrimination and Harassment, and Conflict of Interest in Amorous Relationships. If you have a need to report an incident or have a question about your responsiblity to report, please contact them directly. They are happy to assist you. 

The PRD (Professional Rights and Duties of Faculty Members & the roles and Professional Duties of Departmental Chairs) is a document that sets out in broad terms the privileges and responsibilities, as well as the standards of professional conduct of the faculty at CU Boulder.

The BFA Grievance Advisory Committee. "The Committee shall advise faculty members on the appropriate venue and procedure for hearing their grievances, on requirements for initiating a grievance, and on campus resources available to resolve concerns informally." For complete committee information see the BFA Standing Rules; Article V; Section N. Contact the BFA Office for more information. 

Under special circumstances faculty may be entitled to use the Provost’s Grievance Procedure.

CU Privilege and Tenure Committee - The mission of the CU P&T is to provide Faculty Senate members a hearing for grievances involving perceived violations of rights and privileges. That is, P&T is the due-process vehicle for Faculty Senate members. This is a System level committee and eligible CU Boulder faculty should contact the Boulder Campus Chair for more information. 

*The BFA recommends that all units, schools and colleges establish grievance procedures. Faculty Affairs has a model for these.

There are a wide variety of System and Campus policies at the University of Colorado. The CU Policies website gives links to these in the following categories (Items listed under each topic are examples only. See the above website for full list of policies):

CU is governed by the Board of Regents, and Regent Laws are the laws of the university as directed by the Board of Regents. Some Regent Laws and Policies are currently under review.

These are general campus policies specific to CU Boulder.

CU Boulder faculty and staff members can submit a single application each academic year to be considered for up to three different funds designed to support their dependents who are pursuing higher education.

Eligible CU employees can receive a waiver for up to a total of 9 credit hours of tuition (space-available basis) per year (fall through summer). Employees have the option to transfer the benefit to a dependent. Dependents of CU Boulder employees can receive a discount of 30 percent off of tuition. See the Bursars website for complete information.

Additional CU Student Scholarship Information – visit the CU Scholarship Services Website.