The faculty category within the University Personnel System is limited to persons who hold one of the following ranks in an academic department or its equivalent: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor. There are two types of faculty appointments:
- Probationary – an appointment by the UW System Board of Regents upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the Chancellor and held by a faculty member during the period which may precede a decision on a tenure appointment.
- Tenure – an appointment for an unlimited period granted to a ranked faculty member by the Board of Regents upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the Chancellor via the president of the University of Wisconsin System.
Faculty are exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and are paid on the monthly payroll.
The academic staff employee category is comprised of employees in non-faculty positions, which are unique to higher education. These positions are either fixed-term renewable or fixedterm terminal with a defined end date. There are two types of academic staff; instructional academic staff and non-instructional academic staff. Most academic staff are exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), however, some academic staff do hold non-exempt positions and are paid on a bi-weekly basis. All exempt, academic staff are paid on the monthly payroll.
The university staff employee category is comprised of employees in civil service positions. There are three types of university staff positions; continuous, project, or temporary appointments. University staff positions are quite varied and duties include, but are not limited to, administrative support, information technology, accounting, engineering, in addition to custodial, food service, and craft workers.