Faculty Ranks | Department of Biological Sciences Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of faculty ranks are given in the UPR and the CBA; the following is supplementary and specific to the Department.

            1.      Instructor

                     This rank is intended for persons initially hired with a master's degree.  The Department does not hire at the rank of instructor except for temporary positions (UPR 3342-6-03) or faculty in technical associate degree programs.

            2.      Assistant Professor

                     This rank is the normal entry level position for faculty holding the doctorate in biological sciences.  Unless the Department is authorized by the Dean to hire at a higher rank, new faculty are recruited for assistant professor rank.  An individual with a research-based masters degree may be hired for technical associate degree programs.

            3.       Associate Professor

 

                     Promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an assistant professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate in biological sciences.  All individuals with a research-based Masters degree may be hired for technical associate degree programs.

            4.      Full 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.  An individual with a research-based masters degree may be promoted to this rank in the technical associate degree program.

            5.      Research Associate and Research Assistant

                     These ranks are reserved for individuals who are engaged in research and do not have teaching responsibilities.  Such positions are typically supported by extramural grant funds and are not tenure track appointments.  Faculty holding these ranks do not vote in Departmental matters.