Partner Program

The partner program can only be considered an option when the primary candidate is being considered for a tenure track or tenured position.

For 2017-2018 (i.e., candidates will begin employment in 2018-2019), the following TOP partner lines have been allocated:

  • 30 partner allocated opportunities
    • 20 tenured/tenure track
    • 10 non-tenure earning (specifically all ranks of instructors and lecturers as well as multi-year non-tenure earning assistant/associate/professors)

Process

Step 1: Search committee chairs should send an email to Faculty Excellence with the names and email addresses of all interviewees who are invited for a campus visit. Please note that this step is very important.

Step 2: Faculty Excellence will send the following email to the on-campus interviewees:

“If you have a partner (meaning spouse, significant other, or domestic partner) interested in a faculty position at UCF, please have them apply to search X or search Y if they would like to be considered for a tenure‐track/tenured position, an instructor/lecturer, or a non-tenure earning multi-year assistant/associate/professor position. Neither the search committee nor the hiring official will be notified of your request unless you are the selected candidate. If you are the selected candidate, then the department may apply for a program to support your partner’s hire to a faculty line.”

Step 3: When the search committee makes the recommendation for hire, the Department Chair/Director should contact Faculty Excellence to determine if their candidate-of-choice has a partner that has applied through TOP, and this should be done prior to extending an offer to the candidate-of-choice.

Step 4: Should the candidate-of-choice have a partner who has applied to the TOP partner program, the Department Chair/Director can begin the process of negotiating with the partner’s potential Department Chair/Director to determine moving forward with the TOP application. The two departments will work together to complete the respective TOP form. On this form, Department A will summarize the value and impact of the primary candidate. Department B will evaluate the partner credentials and summarize the strengths/weaknesses of the partner. The Deans of the colleges for the primary candidate and partner must also agree and sign the TOP form. Should other units be involved in sharing the financial liability, appropriate signatures must be obtained. Please note, as indicated on the TOP form, that tenure with hire must be attached to the TOP form should the candidate be coming in as tenured. Also as indicated on the TOP form, candidates who are tenure track and who are bringing in years of service must have a tenure with credit form attached.

Step 5: Once the Department Chairs/Directors for the primary and partner candidates have reached agreement and the TOP form is completed in its entirety, the completed TOP form and requisite materials are submitted to Faculty Excellence. Assuming that there is agreement between the departments in consideration, this can then be used as a negotiating tool with the candidate-of-choice (i.e., ‘You are our candidate-of-choice, we know you have a partner interested in a faculty position at UCF, and we are moving the application forward to seek a position for your partner.’).

Please note: Faculty Excellence will manage partner programs for both tenure-track/tenured and non-tenure earning faculty with the following parameters. Both options require that the home department for the partner (Department B) support the hire into their department. Although the recommended allocation of funding outside of Academic Affairs is 25% from the primary candidate’s department and 25% from the partner’s department, other allocations are acceptable as long as 50% of the partner’s salary is funded from outside Academic Affairs.

Applications for partner program TOP hires will be evaluated by the Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, and at least one Pegasus Professor. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Tenure‐Track/Tenured Partner Faculty

Twenty .50 FTE recurring tenure track/tenured (TT/T) opportunities are allocated for partner hires that are tenured or tenure track. If a TOP TT/T partner is supported by Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs will pay, in perpetuity, 50% of the faculty recurring salary or up to $50,000, whichever is less, plus benefits, as long as the faculty member becomes tenured and stays with UCF. Requests for assistance with a portion of the start‐up will be considered but are not guaranteed. These positions are expected to begin employment in fall 2018.

For example: Department A is recruiting for a TT/T faculty line and selects candidate X. Candidate X’s partner would like to be considered for a TT/T faculty position in Department B. Department B evaluates the candidate’s partner Y and supports the hire.

Department A and Department B are welcome to consider a different funding split as long as 50% is covered in all years. Should Department A and B be the same department, that Department will cover 50% in all years.

The TOP Tenure-Track/Tenured Partner form should be completed for these lines, and partners must apply to the assistant/associate/professor TOP search.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 and beyond
Academic Affairs 50% (up to $50,000) 50% (up to $50,000) 50% (up to $50,000) 50% (up to $50,000)
Department A (primary candidate) 25% 25% 25% 0%
Department B (partner candidate) 25% 25% 25% 50% (or balance of FTE, whichever is more)

Non-Tenure Earning Partner Faculty

Ten .50 FTE non-tenure earning lines (specifically all ranks of instructors and lecturers as well as multi-year non-tenure earning assistant/associate/professors) are allocated for partner hires that are non-tenure earning. Non-tenure earning partner positions considered for TOP include:

  1. all ranks of instructors and lecturers; and
  2. non-tenure earning multi-year assistant/associate/professors.

Other non-tenure earning positions—such as clinical and researcher—are not eligible to be considered for TOP funding.

If a TOP non-tenure earning partner is supported by Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs will pay 50% of the faculty salary or up to $50,000, whichever is less, plus benefits, in years 1-3. Departments A and B will each paying 25% of the salary in years 1-3. Provided the partner hire has at least Above Satisfactory annual evaluations in years 1‐3, Department B agrees to fully support the non-tenure earning faculty in years 4‐6. It is expected after six years that Department B will have the option to continue to fully support this position. These positions are expected to begin employment in fall 2018.

Department A and Department B are welcome to consider a different funding split as long as 50% is covered in years 1-3 and 100% in years 4 and beyond. Should Department A and B be the same department, that Department will cover 50% in years 1-3 and 100% in years 4 and beyond.

The TOP Non-Tenure Earning Partner form should be completed for these lines. Partners must apply to the assistant/associate/professor TOP search to be considered for multi-year non-tenure earning positions and must apply to the instructor/lecturer TOP search to be considered for an instructor or lecturer position.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4-6 Year 7+
Academic Affairs 50% (up to $50,000) 50% (up to $50,000) 50% (up to $50,000) 0% 0%
Department A (primary candidate) 25% 25% 25% 0% 0%
Department B (partner candidate) 25% 25% 25% 100% 100%