Criteria for Use of Prefixes for Category A Academic Staff Professional Titles


  • Entry level: The employee meets the minimum qualifications for the position, which usually include at least a Bachelor’s Degree and 0-2 years of experience.
  • The employee performs basic position duties and responsibilities under relatively close supervision. The employee is also expected to seek guidance from a lead worker or the supervisor in acquiring knowledge of position responsibilities and the organization, and in handling unusual situations or special problems. The employee may be asked to assist a lead worker or the supervisor in completing special projects.


  • Journey level: The employee possesses at least a Bachelor’s Degree, has at least 2 years of experience and is able to perform, under general supervision, the full range of duties and responsibilities expected of a professional in the particular specialty area. (Additional education beyond the minimum required may substitute for years of experience.)
  • The employee is expected to work independently in applying the “approaches, methods and techniques of his or her profession, and is active in developing or assisting in the development of new approaches to resolving problems.” The employee may assist entry level employees in occasionally resolving very difficult or unusual problems, but does not have regular lead worker responsibilities.


  • Expert level: The employee has at least 6 years of related professional experience acquired through other employers and/or at UWM. Additional coursework, seminars or in-service training which reflects advanced knowledge and skills has also been completed.
  • The quality of the employee’s performance is also consistently rated as being excellent.
  • “A Senior professional is expected to develop new approaches, methods or techniques to resolve problems with little or no expert guidance and to cope independently with new, unexpected or complex situations.”
  • An employee at this level may have responsibility for providing expertise in a more complex area that requires a high degree of specialized knowledge; or the employee may act as a lead worker in a unit that has a number of professional employees functioning at the entry and/or journey levels. Lead worker responsibility typically involves training employees and overseeing the completion of their work.


  • The criteria for advancement to this level is included in Academic Staff Document No. 23. (Distinguished Prefix Review Committee Policies and Procedures)

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