The Committee on Appointments and Advancements for the Professional Researchers and Professional Specialists (C/7) advises the dean of the faculty on policies relating to the appointments, promotions, salaries, and terminations of professional researchers and professional specialists. In particular, the committee reviews and advises the dean of the faculty on all appointments and promotions to positions carrying continuing appointment and reviews the salaries of individuals with the rank of senior research (by discipline), research (by discipline), and senior professional specialist. Its members are ex officio members of the Professional Researcher and Professional Specialist Grievance Panel to review and advise the dean of the faculty on any grievances concerning appointment, reappointment, promotions, and salary changes.
The committee has six members appointed by the dean of the faculty, selected from among members of the faculty, the professional researchers, the professional specialists, and members of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory scientific staff. The six appointed members serve for staggered three-year terms and there must be at least one member from each of these three groups. The dean for research serves as chair, and an assistant dean of the faculty serves (without vote) as secretary.