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The Dean's Office Faculty and Other Academic Appointments team is responsible for providing guidance and oversight for Faculty, Academic Staff-Research, Visitors, and other academic ranks that require an academic appointment.

Our Team

Denise Hofer
Director, Faculty and Academic Affairs
Email: dhofer@stanford.edu
Phone:  650-724-5398

Ben Larson
Manager, Academic Appointments Program
Email:  blarson5@stanford.edu
Phone: 650-723-8789

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Academic Appointments

The academic appointment process is a serious review undertaken to ensure that the professional qualifications of a candidate meets the requisite skill and subject knowledge for employment or affiliation to fulfill identified programmatic needs in research, teaching, and/or clinical care to further the missions of Stanford University.

The populations noted below require an approved academic appointment.  Faculty and Academic Staff Appointment (FASA) is the university-wide system developed to automate and centralize the academic appointment process.     

Faculty Appointments

Under the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDOR) organization, only the Independent Institutes designated policy institutes have the authority to make faculty appointments which are titled Senior Fellow or Center Fellow.  Currently, designated Policy Institutes are the Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI), Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Woods Institute for the Environment, Precourt Institute for Energy, and Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI).  Information about Senior Fellow and Center Fellow appointments and other faculty-related policies can be found in the Faculty Handbook and on the Faculty Affairs website.

 Additional links to relevant policies and other resources available can be found below.

Academic Staff-Research (AS-R) Appointments

Working in a capacity which ordinarily requires a Ph.D. or its equivalent in research skill and subject knowledge, an AS-R is involved directly in the execution, and frequently the design, of a Principal Investigator's (PI's) research activities. Their primary purpose is to assist the PI in attaining the goals of the PI's sponsored research projects.  Additional information on policy, criteria, and procedures for appointments can be found in the Research Policy Handbook chapter 10.1 (RPH 10.1).

An academic appointment must have all university required approvals before an AS-R may be hired through Stanford’s payroll system.  Recommendations for appointments are requested through the FASA system at fasa.stanford.edu (authority required).

Academic Staff-Teaching (AS-T) And Other Teaching Staff (OTS)

Other academic ranks used by the university primarily for teaching and clinical activities include Academic Staff-Teaching (lecturers and senior lecturers) and Other Teach Staff (including: visiting faculty, acting faculty, adjunct faculty, instructors, and clinician educators) are used by departments within schools and are not generally available to VPDOR organizations.

Additional information about these ranks can be found in the Faculty Handbook under Chapter 6: Academic Staff-Teaching and Chapter 9: Other Teaching Staff.

Visiting Scholars

Members of the Professorate may invite faculty or other qualified individuals, who are employed or appointed at another institution or organization, to visit Stanford for an extended period in order to advance a collaborative research activity. These individuals are appointed into academic units and classified as Visiting Scholars.

An academic appointment must have all university required approvals before a visiting scholar may be recorded in Stanford’s PeopleSoft non-paid personnel database.  Recommendations for appointments are requested through the FASA system at fasa.stanford.edu (authority required).  Template letters to confirm appointment details can be found in the Appointment Resources shared folder (link below).

Additional information about policy, criteria, and procedures can be found in the Research Policy Handbook under Chapter 10.5: Visiting Scholars.

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars

Members of the Professoriate may invite individuals who are postdoctoral scholars appointed at another institution or organization to visit Stanford for an extended period for the purpose of advanced studies, research or training under the guidance of a Stanford faculty sponsor.  These individuals are appointed into academic units and classified as Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars.

An academic appointment must have all university required approvals before a visiting postdoctoral scholar may be  recorded in Stanford’s PeopleSoft non-paid personnel database.  Recommendations for appointments are requested through the FASA system at fasa.stanford.edu (authority required).  Template letters to confirm appointment details can be found in the Appointment Resources shared folder (link below).

 Additional information about policy, criteria, and procedures can be found in the Research Policy Handbook under Chapter 10.9:  Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars.

Visiting Student Researchers

A visiting student researcher (VSR) is a student who is currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at another university who is visiting Stanford for the purpose of conducting research under the supervision of a Stanford faculty member. VSRs are not appointed through FASA, but are appointed at Stanford as non-matriculated graduate students.

Additional information about policy, criteria, and procedures can be found in the Research Policy Handbook under Chapter 10.7:  Visiting Student Researchers and  GAP 2.3.2 Non Matriculated Graduate Students: Implementation.

Additional Compensation

Employees may be offered additional compensation - beyond salary compensation - for effort outside their usual expected duties or scope of work; this generally requires prospective approval(s).

Faculty: most common additional compensation types include summer salary, honorarium, and administrative supplement.  A reference tool on definitions, policies, and procedures can be found in Academic Appointments Resources / Additional Comp shared folder (link below in Resources).

Academic Staff-Research:  most common additional compensation includes honorarium, bonus, and supplemental pay for teaching activities (note, this may require a salary offset).  Additional information coming soon

For requests involving regular staff (non-faculty, non-Academic Staff) contact your VPDOR HR rep.