Event Overview

This annual workshop is designed to provide guidance to academic specialists in navigating the academic specialist system at Michigan State University.

Topics include:

  • History, roles, appointment types, and the promotional system for academic specialists at MSU
  • Evaluation
  • Form C
  • Reflective essays
  • Tracking and documenting your accomplishments
  • Break-out sessions for tailored, pertinent information by appointment type

Helpful Resources on Reappointment, Continuing Appointment, and Promotion

Policy and Procedures:

  1. Academic Specialist Handbook (external link to MSU Human Resources website)
  2. Annual Evaluation section of Handbook  (external link to MSU Human Resources Handbook)
  3. Reappointment, Continuing Appointment: (external link to MSU Human Resources Handbook  Reappointment section of Handbook)

Additional Materials

  1. Blank Form C
  2. Samples of Form C
  3. Samples of Reflective Essays
  4. Advice for crafting a summary statement
  5. Example of College-Specific Criteria and Procedures from Lyman Briggs College (external link to Lyman Briggs website)


  1. Academic Specialist Advisory Committee
  2. Academic Human Resources
  3. Funding sources from Undergraduate Research


Materials from past workshops including video recordings of the session may be found on the Past Events Archive page.