The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:
This rank is intended for persons initially hired non-tenure-track who have not earned a master’s degree in music.
2. Assistant Professor
This rank is normally the entry-level rank for both tenure-track and non-tenure-track (FTNTT) and normally assumes that faculty hold the terminal degree in the appropriate musical discipline, or the doctorate or equivalent professional experience. Part-time faculty hired at this rank must at least hold the master’s degree in music.
3. Associate Professor
Hire or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate or other terminal degree in an appropriate discipline.
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 sustained and significant recognition in their individual musical discipline(s) and related areas.
5. Artist in Residence
Artist-in-Residence appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made when leaves of absence occur or special needs arise and funds are available. An Artist-in-Residence faculty member is typically a specialist faculty member who is employed by the School for a period not to exceed one (1) year. In the event that an Artist-in-Residence is employed in that capacity for a second consecutive year, the Artist-in-Residence faculty member will then become a full-time non-tenure-track (FTNTT) faculty member.
5. 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 School committees and do not participate in School governance.
6. Adjunct Faculty Appointments
These appointments are held primarily by faculty from other institutions or persons on the staffs of community-based agencies and organizations. Adjunct faculty appointments are made at the discretion of the Director in consultation with the FAC. Adjunct faculty members do not vote on School Committees and do not participate in School governance.
7. Visiting Faculty Appointments
Visiting faculty appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made 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 School 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 (FTNTT) faculty member.
8. Full-Time Non-tenure-track Faculty (FTNTT) Appointments
Full-time non-tenure-track faculty (FTNTT) appointments are made on an annual basis. FTNTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and FTNTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure. FTNTT faculty members are governed by the University Policy and Procedures and the FTNTT CBA.
9. Part-Time Faculty Appointments
When the School cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty, adjunct faculty (or their equivalent), and graduate teaching assistants, part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.
10. Graduate Faculty Status
As a doctoral degree granting School, the School 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)