Union of Non-Tenure Track Faculty Designation B Appointment Frequently Asked Questions
- Bernadette Russell, HR Analyst, BRUSSELL@HR.MSU.EDU, 517-884-0214
Designation B is an appointment type outlined in the collective bargaining agreement between MSU and the UNTF. A Designation B appointment is predicated on exemplary instructional performance in UNTF bargaining unit assigned teaching duties. If eligible, individuals who believe they have established a clear record of sustained, outstanding achievements in teaching must assemble a compendium of materials that documents teaching excellence and submit such documentation to the unit head or designee. The request for a Designation B appointment is reviewed by the unit and the Office of the Provost for approval. If approval is granted, the initial Designation B appointment would provide at least a three year appointment for the UNTF teaching portion of the assignment. The collective bargaining unit between MSU and the UNTF states 'Following each annual review that demonstrates continued excellence in teaching, each Designation B employee's appointment shall be extended for one (1) year ensuring that the appointment is for no less than three(3) years" for the UNTF teaching portion of the assignment.
The collective bargaining agreement between MSU and the UNTF provides that “during the first month of the eighth or subsequent semester of teaching employment within seven years of the first of these semesters in a given employing unit, the employee may submit a written request to the unit head or designee, including required documentation of teaching excellence, to be reappointed as a Designation B employee for the teaching portion of the assignment.”
If a unit or employee is unsure on eligibility, an employee or unit can submit a request via email to HR Records at SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu for eligibility determination. The employee will need to include a completed Request for Verification of Designation B Eligibility form with the request. HR Records will review the information against the data in the HR/Payroll System to identify if the employee meets the eligibility requirements to apply for consideration for a Designation B appointment. Please anticipate a two week turnaround time on all requests.
To apply for a Designation B appointment, the eligible employee would complete Form B and submit materials to the unit head or designee not later than September 30 for review during fall semester or January 31 for review during spring semester.