"W" Agreements

"W" agreements provide a mechanism for faculty to waive their rights to probationary status or tenure. Currently W agreements are used in the following types of situations where, because of the special circumstances of the appointments, probationary status or tenure should not occur.

  • Faculty in the Clinical Discipline Track. Because this is a non-tenurable track, a "W" contract must be used when either level (Associate Professor of Clinical xxx or Professor of Clinical xxx) or % appointment (51% or greater for Assistant Professor of Clinical xxx) would confer tenure or probationary status.
  • Faculty with primary appointments at affiliated hospitals who receive partial salary support from the University. In practice this involves only faculty at the associate professor or professor levels in the Academic (RT), Academic (CT) and Clinical Discipline Tracks. Faculty with a salary supplement at the assistant professor level will not have appointments at 51% or greater.
  • It is preferred that no state funding be included for faculty on a "W" contract; however up to 20% will be allowed.

W Agreement form


Clinician Educator 60/40 Rule
effective 2/8/10

All new faculty hires that are truly primarily clinical/clinician educators will be clinical discipline track (i.e. Prof of Clinical “discipline”) and will be funded at a minimum ratio of 60% physician surgeon and 40% faculty title. The expectation is that although the Physician Surgeon line provides certain flexibility, the faculty member will remain > 50% FTE. The assumption is total compensation will be consistent and subject to clinical productivity and departmental incentive plans.

This 60/40 split is intended to clarify the primary clinician teacher role, better define tenure versus non-tenured faculty, avoid triggering W agreements prior to promotion to senior rank, and creates the desired consistency required by Campus faculty HR.


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs.