Faculty Appointments and Employment Procedures

  1. Faculty Appointments

    1. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty Appointments

      Full-time non-tenure track (FTNTT) faculty appointments are governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement and by Section III.2 (Renewal of Appointment, Performance Reviews, and Promotion of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty) of this Handbook. FTNTT faculty are appointed to a particular track according to the following designations:

      • Clinical
      • Instructional
      • Practitioner
      • Research
    2. Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty Appointments

      1. Part-time/adjunct faculty appointments in the College are made at the discretion of the CAE Dean, in consultation with the applicable Academic Program Coordinator/Director, or Graduate Coordinator, as applicable. Part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants, approved by the CAE Dean, who are not currently on regular appointment at the University. The Academic Program Area Coordinator/Director shall approve applicants for membership in the part-time pool, in consultation with program area faculty, for undergraduate courses in the associated program area. The Graduate Coordinator shall approve applicants for membership in the part-time pool, in consultation with GFAC area faculty, for graduate courses. The Administrative Assistant to the Dean will maintain the faculty pool data. Part-time and adjunct faculty members do not have membership on CAE committees and do not participate in CAE governance.
  2. Faculty Ranks

    1. Determination of academic rank is a function of the combination of earned academic credentials and demonstrable experience and achievement appropriate to the level of appointment. A table depicting the required degree and the terminal degree for Kent campus tenured/tenure-track and full-time non-tenure track faculty is provided in Appendix A of this Handbook.
    2. The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:
      1. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Ranks
        1. Lecturer
          This rank is intended for persons initially hired as full-time non-tenure track faculty who do not possess the terminal degree in their discipline or a related field, and may not have the credentials to qualify as an Associate Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. 
          Full-time non-tenure track Lecturers are hired by the Dean in consultation with the CAC and the applicable Academic Program Area Coordinator/Director. Full-time non-tenure track Lecturers may vote and serve on some College committees. 
        2. Associate Lecturer
          Hire to or promotion to this rank is based upon academic achievement, professional development, performance, professional experience, and University Citizenship according to the criteria defined by the college for the Associate Lecturer rank. (Refer to Section III.2 Renewal of Appointment, Performance Reviews, and Promotion of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty of this Handbook.) Persons assigned to this rank do not hold the terminal degree in their discipline or a related field. 
        3. Senior Lecturer
          Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Lecturer. This rank is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in and impact on their discipline, and on academic achievement, professional development, performance, professional experience, and University Citizenship according to the criteria defined by the college for the Senior Lecturer rank. (Refer to Section III.2 (Renewal of Appointment, Performance Reviews, and Promotion of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty) of this Handbook.) University Citizenship/Service is evaluated only when it is part of a full-time non-tenure track faculty member’s assigned workload. Persons assigned to this rank do not hold the terminal degree in their discipline or a related field. 
        4. Assistant Professor (Full-Time Non-Tenure Track)
          This rank is normally the entry level rank for full-time non-tenure track faculty holding the terminal degree in an appropriate discipline, and who may not have the credentials to qualify as an Associate Professor (full-time non-tenure track) or Professor (full-time non-tenure track).
        5. Associate Professor (Full-Time Non-Tenure Track)
          Hire to or promotion to this rank is based upon possession of the terminal degree in an appropriate discipline, and significant academic achievement, professional development, performance, professional experience, and University Citizenship according to the criteria defined by the college for the Associate Professor (Non-Tenure Track) rank. (Refer to Section III.2 Renewal of Appointment, Performance Reviews, and Promotion of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty of this Handbook.) University Citizenship/Service is evaluated only when it is part of a Non-Tenure Track faculty member’s assigned workload. 
        6. Professor (Full-Time Non-Tenure Track)
          Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor (full-time non-tenure track) rank, and is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in and impact on their discipline. Promotion is based upon possession of the terminal degree, and on academic achievement, professional development, performance, professional experience, and University Citizenship according to the criteria defined by the college for the Professor rank. (Refer to Section III.2 Renewal of Appointment, Performance Reviews, and Promotion of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty of this Handbook.)
      2. Tenured/Tenure-Track Ranks
        1. Assistant Professor
          This rank is normally the entry level rank for tenured/tenure-track faculty holding the terminal degree in an appropriate discipline, and whose professional experience and/or demonstrated academic performance warrants this rank according to the criteria defined by the college for the Assistant Professor rank. (Refer to Section III.1 Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion of Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty of this Handbook.)
        2. Associate Professor
          Hire to or promotion to this rank is based upon possession of the terminal degree in an appropriate discipline, and significant academic achievement, professional development, professional experience, and University Citizenship according to the criteria defined by the college for the Associate Professor rank. (Refer to Section III.1 Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion of Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty 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 and impact on their discipline and on academic achievement, professional development, professional experience, and University Citizenship according to the criteria defined by the college for the Professor rank. (Refer to Section III.1 Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion of Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty of this Handbook.) 
  3. Recruiting Faculty

    1. The College supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and in making appointments to the faculty. Search Committees are appointed by the Dean after consultation with the CAC and faculty members in the specific area or discipline conducting the search for candidates. Search committees may include a student member selected by the faculty members who serve on the search committee. Following the review of the candidates, the search committee recommends to the Dean that two or three candidates be invited to campus for an interview. Each candidate who is invited to campus for an interview will present a seminar before the College. The search committee will provide the Dean with a recommendation regarding the search and the candidates interviewed.
    2. Search committee recommendations are advisory to the Dean who makes a recommendation to the Provost. The Dean shall inform the Provost of all recommendations.
    3. The processes and procedures for faculty search and initial appointment are described in Section 3.1 (Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure of Tenured/Tenure Track) and Section III.2 (Renewal of Appointment, Performance Reviews, and Promotion of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty) of this Handbook, and in the applicable Tenured/Tenure-Track or Non-Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement.