Waivers to the standard search process are occasionally necessary. The following are circumstances under which a waiver to the usual search process will be considered. When seeking a waiver, the department should be prepared to explain the circumstances and demonstrate an appropriate justification. Other information may be considered when evaluating a waiver’s appropriateness, such as whether the individual has prior waivers or if the position is underutilized for women or minorities.
- Endowed Chairs: Department must document it has systematically canvassed the field of qualified scholars, made extraordinary efforts to identify qualified minorities and women, and systematically screened candidates.
- Unique Individuals: Department must document why the usual advertising procedures are inappropriate, compare the field of scholars in the relevant discipline, and provide evidence that the individual’s qualifications or stature are unique and/or outstanding.
- Individuals who have held the position in a Visiting/Interim Capacity: Departments must demonstrate that there was a full national search when the individual was initially recruited.
- Change in Appointment Type: Department wants to change one full-time regular appointment to another type of full-time regular appointment, usually because of increased duties or a change in the organizational structure.
- Expansion of Part-Time Appointment: Department must document that the position was appropriately advertised in the search for the part-time appointment in order to convert to a full-time position.
- Promotion: No vacant position exists; the change is to reflect different or increased responsibilities.
- Urgent Department Needs: Department must document the bona fide urgent need (e.g., unexpected vacancies, rapid increase in course sections, etc.) and the identified candidate that meets or exceeds the qualifications for the position.
- Dual Career Situation: Department must document that the hire is part of a dual-career situation.
- Return from Disability: When a person on disability leave cannot resume the duties of their former position, they must be placed in an alternative vacant position.
- A Researcher that is written into a grant application: When the specific person is written into the grant application by name or a person already on the project part-time is promoted to a full-time employee.
- Loss of Outstanding Candidate: Department must demonstrate that an outstanding candidate would be lost to another offer if procedures were followed.
- Other: [Not one of the above categories- please describe]