Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:

1.      Assistant Professor

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

2.      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).

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 (See, Section V of this Handbook).

4.      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 Department committees and do not participate in Department governance.

5.      Adjunct Faculty Appointments

Proposals to appoint Adjunct Faculty should be submitted in writing to the Chair. They should be for a period of one year, and describe the past and intended contributions. They are subject to the approval of FAC. This position will normally only be awarded to those making substantial contributions to the Department and requiring regular presence on campus. Adjunct Faculty have the privileges and rights bestowed on the position by the University, which may include library access, and parking privileges. The status of Adjunct Faculty will normally only be awarded to those engaged in unpaid service. Adjunct Faculty are not considered members of the faculty for governance purposes.

6.      Visiting Faculty Appointments

Visiting faculty appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made by the Chair with the approval of FAC 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 Department 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.

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 VI of this Handbook). Where time permits, the search procedures of Section IV.C will apply to such NTT appointments, though in all cases FAC will make a recommendation to the Department Chair. 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.

8.      Part-Time Faculty Appointments

When the Department 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.  

9.      Graduate Faculty Status

As a doctoral degree granting Department, the Department 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)