Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:
 

  1. Instructor

    This rank is intended for persons initially hired with a master's degree.  Normally, the Program does not hire at the rank of Instructor except for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty positions.

  2. Assistant Professor

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

  3. Associate Professor

    Hire to or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate in an appropriate discipline (See, Section V of this Handbook).

  4. 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 (See, Section V of this Handbook).

  5. Research Associate and Research Assistant

    These ranks 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 Program committees and do not participate in Program governance.

  6. 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 Chair in consultation with the FAC.  Adjunct faculty members do not vote on Program Committees and do not participate in Program governance.

  7. 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 Program 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 a full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty member.

  8. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTT) Appointments

    Full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT) appointments are made on an annual basis (See, Section VI of this Handbook).  NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and NTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.

  9. Part-Time Faculty Appointments

    When the Program cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track (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.

  10. Graduate Faculty Status

    As a doctoral degree granting program, the Program normally requires that all faculty hired for tenure-track positions 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 3342-6-15.1)