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Positions with Modified (Limited or Exempted) Search Requirements

The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) will work with Human Resources (HR) and the hiring unit in those instances where a full, external search is not appropriate. To help track such positions, the hiring unit must submit the Request for Exemption: Faculty and Exempt Staff Form (Exemption Form) to OED, signed by the appropriate administrators, along with written justification of the needed type of job change. The types of positions that might require limited or exempted search procedures could include:

Acting/Interim Appointment

An Acting/Interim Appointment can only be filled with an internal candidate and for a limited period of duration (normally continues for a period of up to one year). Any Acting/Interim Appointment extended beyond the one-year limit must be approved by the appropriate administrator and OED. A written request seeking the extension of an Acting/Interim Appointment must include the rationale why a search for a regular appointment cannot be made during the year.

Because the University recognizes the unequaled opportunity that an Acting/Interim Appointment creates to train, expose, and enhance the credentials of candidates for future regular positions, such appointments should be made only after careful consideration of all potential appointees.

Promotion in Place/Reclassification

Promotions in Place/Reclassifications represent promotions/title changes to currently employed UT personnel. Under the Promotion in Place/Reclassification, the hiring unit proposes to add additional responsibilities to duties already being performed by an existing employee. As such:

  • The promotion, if effected, does not leave a residual vacancy that must be filled by another person;
  • The promoted individual does not move to another office, organizational structure or location; and
  • The promotion can be justified because of department need and employee merit.

Lecturer

The position of Lecturer is a renewable, year to year, non-tenure track appointment. The UT offices of the Provost, OED, and HR have developed a yearly recruiting process designed to recruit persons interested in Lecturer positions. Departments are requested each Spring by the Office of the Provost to identify their anticipated needs; HR posts a vacancy listing in the Chronicle of Higher Education; and OED serves as the central search office. (See http://provost.utk.edu/hiring/ or contact OED at 974-2498).

Coaches

Because of the unique nature of college and university coaching, specific job requirements, and because vacancies can occur suddenly with limited time for completion, an expedited search process may be necessary to fill some coaching vacancies. The UT Athletic Departments should consult OED to determine the process to be followed in such situations.

Other

Hiring units should contact HR to fill all Non-Exempt Staff vacancies, Exempt Staff Positions funded through grants and contracts (Restricted Accounts), temporary Exempt Positions (Limited Duration Appointments), and Post-Doctorate Research Appointments. See http://hr.utk.edu/. Hiring units should contact the Office of the Provost to fill positions under the Opportunity Hires process. (See http://provost.utk.edu/hiring/)

 

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