Appointment Authority

Effective: January 11, 2009
Updated/Revised: July 1, 2019
Contact for Faculty - Office of Senior Vice President and Provost
Contact for P&S, Merit, Temporary, students - University Human Resources (UHR)
Contact for Graduate Assistants and Post-Doctoral Scholars - Graduate College

Introduction

In order to assure compliance with law and Regents policy, and to manage risks associated with employment agreements, employment actions should be signed by persons with appropriate expertise, or who can assure appropriate review of the appointment.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has delegated authority for appointment to specific university officials. This policy is intended to:

  • Assure that appointment (hiring and renewals) of employees occurs through an authorized official, and
  • Delegate authority to appropriate persons to ensure efficiency of operations.

While this policy specifies the delegation of authority for appointment, the "appointing authority" must also adhere to all applicable ISU policies and procedures regarding employment. This policy does not cover the offering of administrative appointments for faculty, or promotions in faculty rank. In the case of joint appointments (i.e., an appointment split between two or more units), there will be multiple appointing authorities; however, one is designated as the primary employing unit.

Policy Statement

Only those with delegated authority may hire employees of Iowa State University. A person who has authority to hire is an "appointing authority."

  1. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has retained authority to hire persons to fill the following positions:
    1. The Secretary and Treasurer are appointed annually upon recommendation of the president
    2. The President, vice presidents and heads of major institutional units as determined by the Regents
  2. By law, Regents policy, or rule, the following categories of employees may be appointed by the indicated persons:
    1. Academic administrators and faculty may be hired by the President. This authority has been further delegated as indicated in Sections C.1. and C.2., below.
    2. Merit employees may be hired by the Vice President for University Human Resources (IAC 681-3.70, 3.81, and 3.82). This authority has been further delegated as indicated in Section C.3., below.
    3. Professional and Scientific (P&S) employees may be hired by the President. This authority has been further delegated as indicated in Section C.5., below.
  3. The following categories of employees may be appointed by the following appointing authorities:
    1. Academic administrators, faculty (tenured/tenure-eligible), senior lecturers, and senior clinicians may be hired by the Senior Vice President and Provost or Associate Provost.
    2. Faculty (non-tenure-eligible) may be hired by the respective Dean with the following exceptions: senior lecturer and senior clinician.
    3. Merit employees may be hired by the President, respective senior vice president, vice president, associate provost, dean, director or department chair (in consultation with and with approval by University Human Resources).
    4. Graduate assistants and post-doctoral scholars may be appointed by the respective dean, director, or department chair (in accordance with Graduate College policies).
    5. Professional and Scientific employees may be hired by the President, respective senior vice president, vice president, associate provost, dean, director, or department chair.
    6. Contract employees may be hired by the President, respective senior vice president or vice president, and, in the case of coaches other than head coaches of intercollegiate athletic teams, by the Athletic Director; however, before an appointing authority may hire, the employment agreement must be reviewed by the Office of University Counsel unless a pre-approved contract form is used.
    7. Contract agreements (for foreign national appointment) may be authorized by the Senior Vice President and Provost or associate provost.
    8. Student employees may be hired by the respective employing unit head (senior vice president, vice president, associate provost, dean, director, department chair or supervisor).
  4. Others may be granted authority from the appropriate university official either by university policy or by memorandum of delegation. Memoranda of delegation must be filed with each office responsible for the respective category of employee (e.g., the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost for faculty, University Human Resources for P&S employees, and the Office of the Graduate College for graduate assistants). Each of these offices is responsible for the retention of memoranda of delegation.
  5. Employment action other than appointment takes place in accordance with applicable policies.

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