Faculty Ranks | Department of Accounting Handbook – College of Business Administration | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

Professional ranks include assistant professor, associate professor, full professor, lecturer, associate lecturer, and senior lecturer.  Initial appointment at the University at any rank requires consultation with the Department FAC. The followings represent minimum qualifications pertaining to each professorial rank.

  1. Tenure-track Ranks

    1. Assistant Professor. Terminal degree or near completion of terminal degree as defined by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB): (1) Doctoral degree or advanced stages of preparation for the doctorate in a field relating to departmental assignment for financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and accounting systems; (2) JD and CPA or doctoral degree or advanced stages of completion for the doctorate for taxation. Qualifications which indicate teaching and research abilities so that there is a high expectation of eventual promotion. Completion of the terminal degree qualifications in order to be retained beyond the second year.
    2. Associate Professor. Terminal degree as defined by the AACSB: (1) Doctoral degree in a field relating to departmental assignment for financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and accounting systems; (2) JD and CPA or doctoral degree for taxation. Demonstrated teaching, research, and professional/university service appropriate for advancement in a doctoral degree granting unit at a Doctoral/Research University Extensive.
    3. Professor. Terminal degree as defined by the AACSB  for tenured positions: (1) Doctoral degree in a field relating to department assignment for financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and accounting systems; (2) JD and CPA or doctoral degree for taxation. Demonstrated evidence of teaching abilities and scholarship beyond that providing evidence of promotion to Associate Professor. Has achieved peer recognition in his or her area of teaching, research and professional/university service.
    4. Former executives and professional accountants may be granted the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor on term appointments without meeting the terminal degree requirements.
    5. An individual who does not hold an advanced degree in a field relating to the departmental assignment, but who has outstanding experience, may be considered for the tenure-track assistant professor rank. However, no more than twenty percent of the full-time staff of the department shall be composed of tenure-track or tenured members who do not hold an earned doctorate.
  2. Non-tenure Track Ranks

    Non-tenure-track ranks are Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor.  The academic ranks of Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, and Senior Lecturer are reserved for non-tenure-track faculty members who hold an MBA or Master's Degree in accounting with CPA, CMA, or other appropriate certification granted based, at least partially, on an examination. The academic ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor are reserved for those non-tenure-track faculty members who have earned a doctoral degree and whose professional experience and demonstrated performance warrant these ranks.

    Non-tenure-track appointments are made in one of four tracks: instructional, clinical, practitioner, and research.  The Department Chair will indicate in the Offer of Appointment to which track the non-tenure-track faculty member belongs per Article IX, Section 2, of the Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  3. Part-time Faculty Appointments

    The Department Chairperson is responsible for hiring part-time faculty as staffing needs arise. Normally, part-time faculty should have at least a master's degree in accounting or business, or other relevant advanced degree for the area of expertise to be taught; professional certification and relevant business experience are desirable.