The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:
This rank is intended for persons initially hired with a master's degree. Normally, the Department does not hire at the rank of Instructor except for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty positions.
This rank is normally the entry level rank for tenure-track faculty holding the doctorate in an appropriate discipline.
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).
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 3 of this Handbook).