Definition of Academic Professionals
Academic professionals are those members of the academic staff whose positions have been designated by the president and the chancellor as meeting specialized administrative, professional, or technical needs, in accordance with Article IX of the University of Illinois Statutes, and are exempted from the State University Civil Service System. These positions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
Specific employee relations questions associated with Academic Professionals should be directed to:
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Employees are always encouraged to resolve concerns at the lowest possible level within their respective organization. Concerns can often be resolved when employees speak directly to their immediate supervisor. It is often the case that colleges, departments, and administrative units have bylaws that outline processes to address concerns. Illinois Human Resources is available as a resource to help employees determine resources that are available to them.
One specific resource available to Academic Professionals is the Council of Academic Professionals (CAP).
Supervisors should contact Illinois Human Resources with questions related to performance management. IHR can provide template communications that help supervisors relay workplace expectations on subjects related to:
- Rewards and Recognition
- Attendance Management
- Productivity Management
- University Code of Conduct
- Special Situations and Workplace Violence
- Discrimination and Harassment
Specific information about performance management can be found at:
- Communication #11: Guidelines and Procedures for Notice of Nonreappointment for Academic Professional Employees and Other Members of the Academic Staff
- Communication #22: Annual Review of Academic Professional Employees
- Communication #24: Five Year Review of Administrators
A summary of benefits available to employees can be found at: