Faculty Ranks | Management & Information Systems Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:

  1. Instructor

    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.

  2. Assistant Professor

    This rank is normally the entry-level rank for tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty holding the doctorate in an appropriate discipline. 

  3. Associate Professor

    Initial hire, or promotion, to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate in an appropriate discipline.

  4. 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 in their discipline. 

  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 Department committees and do not participate in Department 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 Chair in consultation with the FAC. Adjunct faculty members do not vote on Department Committees and do not participate in Department 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 Department 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 (NTT) faculty member.

  8. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTT) Appointments

    Full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT) appointments are made on an annual basis.  NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and NTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.

  9. Part-Time Faculty Appointments

    When the Department cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty and graduate students, 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 department, the Department 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).

    The College defines criteria for membership on the Graduate Faculty. These criteria and procedures are revised and recommended to the Dean every five years by an Ad Hoc Graduate Faculty Status Committee and govern the Department’s criteria and procedures.

    The Chair, in consultation with the M&IS Graduate Programs Committee (GPC), evaluates M&IS faculty members for graduate instruction and mentorship of graduate students, and recommends them to the Dean of the College for final approval or denial through the Graduate Faculty Review Committee.

    An adjunct or other non-tenure-track faculty member may be granted temporary graduate faculty status for special purposes.

  11. Required Qualifications for Full Time and Part-Time Faculty Appointments

    All faculty teaching M&IS courses are required to engage in academic and professional activities that can earn them requisite classification under AACSB guidelines. For a tenure track appointment, the candidate must have or be close to completing the terminal (doctorate) degree in an appropriate major field. The candidate must demonstrate requisite aptitude and ability for quality teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and for publications in quality refereed journals. For a non-tenure track full-time or part-time appointment, the candidate should have at least a master's degree in an area commensurate with his/her teaching interest, some years of work experience in a related field, with experience teaching at the college level preferred.

  12. Orientation of New faculty and Ph.D. Students

    The university is committed to its teaching and research mission and takes steps to provide new faculty and teaching fellows with the tools they need to succeed in these two arenas through orientation. For new faculty, the university sponsors a Faculty Orientation Program while for teaching fellows, the Orienting New Teaching Assistants Program (ONTAP) is provided. At the department level, newly hired faculty and graduate students are provided guidance on department policies and other tools they need to make their transition to the Kent State University culture and northeast Ohio. The existing faculty and students contribute to the orientation and mentoring of new faculty and graduate students.