Academic Classifications and their Definitions

Welcome to the Classifications Guide

This portal provides access to pages on our site pertaining to academic staff classifications at McGill University.

Should you have any questions, please academic.personnel [at] (contact us).

Important Definitions & Information

Information regarding:
• Clinical Tenure-Stream (GFT-U) and Clinical CAS (GFT-H),
• Contract Academic Staff (CAS),
• Cross Appointment,
• Indefinite Term Appointment,
• Joint Appointment,
• Reduced Load,
• Tenure Stream,
• Usage of Acting vs Interim,
• Processing CAS Indefinite Term Appointments in Minerva where Soft-Funding or Grants pay or contribute to the Salary

Primary-Secondary Positions Grid

Academic Staff may hold only one primary academic appointment at the University.

The primary academic appointment must be to one of the academic classifications officially designated by the University. No staff member shall hold an academic administrative or stipend position exclusive of a primary academic appointment.

Please consult the PDF icon Primary-and-Secondary-Positions-Grid for guidance.



Assistant Professor (Special Category)

An academic staff member appointed to a pre-tenure-track position for a non-renewable definite term of one year.

Leave Replacement

Includes those who are appointed at the University as temporary replacements for staff members on leave.



Academic Administrative Positions (Definitions)

Academic staff member must hold a valid primary academic position (see above) before any of these positions can be used:
• Associate Deans, Assistant Deans,
• Chairs, Associate Chairs,
• Directors (Chair-equivalent), Associate Directors,
• Directors (Other),
• Curators, Associate Curators,
• Branch Heads, Team Coordinators,
• Program Directors
• Medical Directors

Academic Administrative Positions 

Information concerning the appointing and reappointing of the academic staff to Academic Administrative positions.

Award, Stipend, and Other Payment Codes

Academic staff member must hold a valid primary academic position (see above) before any of these can be used:
• Awards
• Named/Endowed Positions
• Stipend Codes
• Payment Codes