Our Library Faculty Assembly (LFA) is our shared governance body that represents faculty needs to library administration. LFA also supports library faculty in their contributions to the mission and goals of the University and the Libraries. Library faculty are also members of the general faculty of the University of Arizona, and participate in shared governance at the campus level through faculty senate.
We elect a Chair and Vice-Chair annually, and have committees including:
Library faculty achieve continuing status, our equivalent of tenure. They are expected to dedicate effort to professional service and scholarship.
When hired, library faculty are appointed to one of three ranks: Assistant, Associate, or Full. They are also hired as either continuing-eligible or continued. Early career library faculty are usually hired at Assistant rank with continuing-eligible status.
Continuing-eligible faculty are required to submit a dossier for promotion to continuing status by their 5th year. This is usually accompanied with a promotion to Associate rank. Once at the Associate rank, optionally, faculty can submit dossiers for promotion to Full rank.
Requirements for continuing status are in our Bylaws.
Our mentoring program connects library faculty with mentors to provide assistance and guidance throughout their professional development at the University of Arizona Libraries. With a focus on new and early career library faculty, we aim to support any area identified as critical to their professional success, including continuing status & promotion, research, leadership development, career advancement, and psychosocial support. We:
If you have questions about faculty status or support for faculty, contact our Senior HR Coordinator and LFA liaison Armando Cruz.