Tenure-Track Faculty (TT) Appointments and Ranks

Normally, an earned doctoral degree or terminal degree in a related discipline is required for all faculty appointments to a tenure-track position in the School.  In some cases, a Master’s degree with an appropriate amount of industry experience may be considered for a tenure-track appointment.  Appointments are subject to annual reappointment during the probationary period until tenure is granted.

The following are the definitions of faculty ranks for the TT appointments:

Assistant Professor

This rank is normally the entry level rank for tenure-track faculty.  

Associate Professor

Hire to or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor and significant academic achievements (See, Section III of this Handbook).  


Hire to or promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for an Associate Professor and is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline and contributed both sustained and significant impact to their discipline. (See, Section III of this Handbook).