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New Faculty Startup Package Cost Sharing


Recruitment of new faculty is essential for maintaining the strength of LSA. Historically, departments were expected to pay a significant fraction of recruiting costs from their discretionary balances.  With the change in budgeting, less discretionary money will be available; consequently, more recruiting costs will be borne by the College.  The purpose of this document is to describe the College policies for recruiting.

Summer ninths

  • Any time a new position is approved, the College will fund 2 summer ninths
  • Offers in excess of two summer ninths must be approved by the relevant Divisional Associate Dean and will only be authorized when there is a demonstrated market need.  If approved, departments are responsible for funding anything over two summer ninths.

Research Fund

  • Any time a new position is approved, it will carry an authorization for a $5000 research account, funded by the College.  This account has a “sunset” period of three years or tenure, whichever is longer. That is – these funds are to provide the resources necessary to start a program until external funding, if needed, can be obtained.
  • Research accounts in excess of $5000 for appointments that are not in the laboratory sciences must be approved by the relevant Divisional Associate Dean and will only be authorized when there is a demonstrated market need. If authorized, funding of the amount over $5,000 will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • For the laboratory sciences, Departments are expected to cover 20% of research funds using RESIN or Endowment funds for research funds up to $750,000, and 40% of the costs over $750,000. If a department lacks sufficient funds for a particular hire, they may, with the approval of the Associate Dean for Budget, borrow funds from the RESIN that is anticipated in future years.

Renovation costs

All proposed renovation plans must be approved by the LSA Director of Facilities and Operations.  In general, necessary renovation costs up to $500,000 will be paid by the College. If a potential recruit is expected to require more extensive renovations, the Department should consult with their Associate Dean. If changes in an approved renovation plan result in increased costs, the department will generally be responsible for the increase.

Dual Career Support

The UM Dual Career Program can, with the approval of the Provost, provide temporary funding to facilitate the appointment of the partners of newly hired faculty. For a typical dual career appointment, one-third of the cost is paid by the Provost, one-third by the unit housing the primary faculty member (the “Primary-share) and one-third by the unit that hires the partner (the “Hiring-share”).  Provost support for dual career appointments is time-limited, typically for three years; junior faculty appointments are funded for 6 years, or until the tenure decision, whichever comes first.


  • The first and most important issue in all dual career appointments is the qualifications of the candidate. Requests for partner hires must include a plausible career path that can lead to long-term employment. Departments should consult with their Associate Dean and the LSA Dual Career Coordinator as soon as a dual career issue is identified.

  • Any time a new position is approved, it will carry an authorization to make a request for the “Primary-department share” of Dual-Career Program support. If approved by the Provost, this share will be funded by the College. Departments should consult the relevant Associate Dean regarding this funding.
  • If an LSA department is the appropriate home for a dual-career hire, funds for the “Hiring- department” share of the position will be provided by the College. Rules for allocating these funds will depend on the nature of the partner position:
    • Staff – – the first criteria in all staff hiring is the qualifications of the candidate.  Requests for partner hires into person-specific positions within LSA will undergo standard review by LSA HR and must identify a clear business need for the position as well as a professional development plan for the individual. The opportunity to apply for supplemental Provost’s funding is available for dual career situations where a person-specific term-limited position is being requested.  Units must request a job posting waiver and University HR generally supports waivers for dual career positions approved by the Provost’s Office.  Because an extension of the term-limited appointment would be quite rare, during this appointment the unit should work with the partner to prepare them to transition to a regular staff       position at the University through the regular employment process as positions become available either within the unit or elsewhere in the University.   Normal expectations  around staff performance management and compensation administration apply to partner hires.   Staff positions outside of LSA are coordinated with the other unit through the LSA Dual Career Office and details of the process may vary slightly.
    • Lecturer – the first criteria in all lecturer hiring is the qualifications of the candidate. During FY11, Departments will be assigned a “target” for supplemental instruction (i.e., the maximum number of lecturer FTEs that may be supported at any time in the department, in analogy to the current “target” for tenure-track hiring). The “Hiring-department” will be  able to take advantage of dual-career funding to hire a lecturer if their total cohort of supplemental instructors is less than their target. Alternatively, if the “Primary-department” is below their lecturer target, a position may be loaned to the “Hiring department”. The Dual-Career request should include a plan, based for example on expected turnover, for the partner to transition to a continuing lecturer position.
    • Tenure-track faculty – the first criteria in all tenure-track hiring is the qualifications of the candidate. If the partner is approved for a tenure-track appointment following standard departmental procedures, the College will fund this position. Note that if this hire causes the CFFTE (College-funded Full-time equivalents) for the hiring department to exceed their target (aka Resource Commitment), the hiring department should consult with the Associate Dean for Budget.

(Updated April, 2013)