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About Academic Professionals

Definition of Academic Professional Heading link

In accordance with section 36e(3) of the State Universities Civil Service, all University employees are considered Civil Service until appointments are considered exempt from Civil Service guidelines.

An Academic Professional employee is defined as an employee who is charged with high level administrative responsibilities, whose decisions are based on administrative polices and who exercises discretion and independent judgment. An AP performs these duties with only general administrative supervision or direction, e.g., Director, Associate or Assistant Director. An AP can be defined as an employee who is in a position requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study (as distinguished from a general academic education) and which requires the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment, e.g., physician, attorney, engineer, architect.

The Academic Professional minimum is $36,279 (12-month service at 100%). The Academic hourly minimum is $17.44 per hour.

Governing Statutes/Policies Heading link

Principal Administrative Appointments (SUCSS).

Job Review Process Heading link

UIC HR Compensation will conduct a job interview/review of each AP position as requested from a specific department or as part of the overall Job Analysis Project. In-depth reviews will be completed with both the employee and manager to obtain a thorough understanding of the position and its scope of impact on the organization. As a result of the review, Compensation will determine the appropriate title/classification and provide an approved job description for future use.

For questions related to the Civil Service Audit and Job Analysis Project, please contact UIC Human Resources for further information at

Pay Increases Heading link

Individual Pay Increases are determined based upon the scope of responsibility, internal equity, external market factors and fiscal availability.

Appointments Requiring Direct Board of Trustees Approval Heading link

As provided in University Statutes, certain Academic Professional appointments require formal approval by the Board of Trustees (BOT), on recommendation by the President. Other appointments do not require formal Board approval but are then reported to the BOT in the “Secretary’s Report.” The full list of appointments that require prior approval can be found on the Temporary Guidelines Regarding Approval of Appointments

Appointments Requiring Direct Board of Trustees Approval

Academic Notices of Non-Reappointment Heading link

Academic Notices of Non-Reappointment