Affiliated Research Fellows Program

Policy Memorandum No. 65

Recommended by the Commission on Faculty Affairs
Approved by University Council: December 2, 1985
Approved by the President: December 2, 1985
Effective: Immediately

Because of the increasing incidence of two-career families at academic institutions, faculty at Virginia Tech have urged that steps be taken to improve the professional opportunities of the academically qualified spouses of faculty members. In response, the Commission on Faculty Affairs, after appropriate study and discussion, recommended, and the University Council approved, the establishment of an Affiliated Research Fellows Program. The following Resolution, which was adopted by Council, explains the program and sets forth the language that in the future will appear in the FACULTY HANDBOOK about it:

WHEREAS, a faculty member of the University may have a spouse who has professional academic credentials but has not found appropriate employment opportunities, and

WHEREAS, the interests of the University may be served by providing to such spouses professional opportunities, and

WHEREAS, the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies has developed a program entitled the "Affiliated Research Fellows Program" and has specified the terms and conditions of such a fellowship appointment,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University will make available appointments as Affiliated Research Fellows to qualified applicants as specified in the aforementioned guidelines, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the FACULTY HANDBOOK will be amended by the addition of the following language:

5.1.10 Affiliated Research Fellows

Occasionally a faculty member of the University has a spouse who also has professional academic credentials but who has not found appropriate employment opportunities. To enhance opportunities for academically qualified persons to continue their professional development through research, scholarship, and creative activities in an academic environment, a faculty board appointed by the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies selects Affiliated Research Fellows from applicants and oversees a program of institutional support for the Fellows.

Eligibility to apply for designation as an Affiliated Research Fellow is restricted to spouses of Virginia Tech faculty members. Applicants must have academic credentials of University faculty caliber, including the terminal degree normally required of faculty in the discipline. Applications for Fellow appointments must have the endorsement of the head of the Virginia Tech department relevant to the applicant's discipline; the appointment shall not be in a department administered by the Fellow's spouse. Persons who are currently on temporary University appointment or on a nonprofessional appointment, as well as persons who do not have a University appointment, are eligible to apply.

Typically, an Affiliated Research Fellow will have non-salaried adjunct status in the academic department of his or her discipline. Details of the application process, and terms and duration of the affiliation, and the kinds of support which may be made available (including eligibility for seed-money grants) are specified in a publication issued by the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.

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