Question: Should departments create new positions with the Semesters appointment length for faculty and teaching staff to prepare for the transition to Semesters?
Answer: No; the good news is that departments can continue to use existing positions with “Quarters” appointment lengths for new hires.
Active, approved positions with “Quarter” appointment lengths (9/12 quarters or Quarters) will automatically be converted to “Semester” appointment lengths in late June 2012. If departments need to create new positions for faculty and teaching staff, use the “Quarters” appointment lengths (9/12 quarters or Quarters). A more detailed communication about hiring faculty and teaching staff upon Semesters conversion is forthcoming.