Faculty Ranks | Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of Faculty ranks are the following:

  1. Assistant Professor

    This rank is normally the entry-level rank for Faculty holding the doctorate in an appropriate discipline.

  2. Associate Professor

    Hired at or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, possession of the doctorate in an appropriate discipline, and significant academic achievements, as well as teaching recognized overall as “very good,” and some service to the School, College, University and profession (See Section III of this Handbook).

  3. Professor

    Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor and is reserved for senior Faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline, have teaching recognized as overall “very good to excellent,” and provided substantial service to the School, College, University and profession (See Section III of this Handbook).

  4. Research Associate and Research Assistant

    These titles are reserved for individuals who are engaged in research and who are not normally assigned teaching responsibilities.  Such positions are typically supported by extramural grant funds and are not tenure-track appointments.  Faculty who hold these ranks do not vote on School committees and do not participate in School governance.

  5. Adjunct Faculty Appointments

    These appointments are held primarily by faculty from other institutions or persons on the staffs of community-based agencies and organizations.  Adjunct faculty appointments are made at the discretion of the Director in consultation with the appropriate program coordinator.  Adjunct faculty members do not vote on School Committees and do not participate in School governance.

  6. Visiting Faculty Appointments

    Visiting faculty appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made when leaves of absence occur or special needs arise and funds are available.  A visiting faculty member is typically a faculty member from another institution who is employed by the School for a period not to exceed one (1) year.  In the event that a Visiting faculty member is employed in that capacity for a second consecutive year, the visiting faculty member will then become an NTT faculty member.

  7. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty NTT Appointments

    Full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT) appointments are made on an annual basis (See, Section III of this Handbook).  NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 6-14) and NTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.

  8. Part-Time Faculty Appointments

    When the School cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its Faculty, NTT faculty and graduate students, part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.  Part-time faculty appointments are made at the discretion of the Director in consultation with the appropriate program coordinator.

  9. Graduate Faculty Status

    As a doctoral degree granting School, the School normally requires that all Faculty be eligible for appointment to the graduate faculty as associate or full members.  The Administrative policy regarding graduate faculty is included in the University Policy Register.  (See, University Policy Register 6-15.1)