FAQs for APs

APAC is a University of Arizona organization whose members are Appointed Professionals from every part of campus who volunteer to represent AP from their college or unit, and AP as a whole, in campus shared governance.  Colleges and units on campus may vote for one APAC representative for each 50 Appointed Professionals in their group.  APAC has been an active organization on campus since 1992, has an organized structure of officers and committees, and meets monthly.  More information is available on our website: apac.arizona.edu

APAC’s specific activities are reviewed each year to support the Council’s important goals of: 

1) favorably influencing upper senior administration; 2) maximizing AP visibility on campus; 3) providing representaiton for AP to more than 20 campus committees, 4) helping to support Awards for Excellence and other employee recognition events, and 5) offering a professional development scholarship.

APAC is continually working to enhance the AP workplace.  We provide guidelines for regular annual performance reviews, and we continue to work for optimal contract conditions for AP.  APAC strives for recognition of AP contributions to the broader goals and objectives of the University of Arizona.  Watch for updates to our goals and priorities on our website.

From information architects to theatre technicians, from artificial intelligence programmers to bioethicists, Appointed Professionals typically fill niches within the University community that require advanced skill sets, degree requirements, and knowledge.

AP’s often perform duties that not only draw upon specific competencies, but require self-direction and leadership ability.  They are administrators, researchers and teachers, yet many AP positions defy  easy categorization. The diverse talents of these uniquely skilled individuals reflect the richness and complexity of the University of Arizona community and embody its commitment to engagement, access and quality.

If you are not a classified staff person, and if you have not been hired as a tenure-track professor, then you may be an Appointed Professional.

An Appointed Professional is bound by a one-year or multi-year contract with specific outlined responsibilities and a unique job title provided to reflect your professional skill level.

Here is the official language from the UHAP manual (as still in effect February, 2013)
"Duties of professional personnel shall consist of those responsibilities assigned by the President or by an appropriate administrator designated by the President. All duties and responsibilities shall be carried out under the direction of the President or the designated administrator. Duties and responsibilities shall be related to the expertise and competence of professional personnel.

Within the parameters of their assigned responsibilities, professional personnel shall have the privileges and responsibilities expressed in the ABOR-approved statement contained in the Notice of Appointment.

Performance of assigned duties and responsibilities by professional personnel shall be subject to evaluation by an appropriate administrator. Performance shall be considered in decisions relating to compensation, retention, promotion, continuing status, suspension, termination, or a decision not to renew an appointment."

At the University of Arizona, employees have the chance to participate in campus decision making through shared governance, a tradition that a former leader, President Robert N. Shelton, has said is essential for a strong university. 

"It is fundamental to the success, it is part and parcel of what has built this University of Arizona into a great academic institution," he said in an interview.

Members of three employee governance groups at the UA – the Faculty Senate, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council and the Staff Advisory Council – share their expertise, opinions and concerns with upper-level administrators to help guide University planning and policy decisions. Employees from all areas of campus are invited to participate in shared governance through these groups.