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Faculty Ranks

  1. Faculty Ranks, Tenure Track

    The basic definitions of TT faculty ranks are:

    1. Assistant Professor

    This rank is normally the entry-level rank for TT faculty holding a terminal degree in an appropriate discipline.

    2. Associate Professor

    Hire in or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of a terminal degree in an appropriate discipline (See Section V of this handbook).

    3. Professor

    Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor and is reserved for senior TT faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline (See Section V of this handbook).

  2. Faculty Ranks, Non-Tenure Track

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

    1. Lecturer

    2. Associate Lecturer

    3. Senior Lecturer

    4. Assistant Professor

    5. Associate Professor

    6. Professor

  3. Other Faculty Ranks

    1. 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. The faculty members who hold these ranks do not vote on School committees and do not participate in School governance.

    2. Visiting Faculty

      Visiting faculty appointments are held primarily by faculty from other institutions or persons on the staffs of community-based agencies and organizations. Visiting faculty appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made when leaves of absence occur or special needs arise and funds are available. Visiting faculty members do not vote on School committees and do not participate in School governance. 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 an NTT faculty member.

    3. Temporary and Term Faculty Appointments

      When the School cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its TT faculty, NTT faculty or graduate students, part-time faculty appointments may be made from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.

    4. Graduate Faculty Ranks

      As part of a doctoral-degree granting university, the School normally requires that all TT faculty members 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, 3342-6-15.1.

    5. Emeriti

      Procedure for Consideration of School of Art Emeritus Faculty Status

      Full time faculty in good standing who retire from teaching service within the School of Art may apply for consideration of Emeritus Faculty status. They must first submit a letter of interest and current CV, or be nominated by another full time faculty member within the School of Art. Then, the governing body of the School of Art (FAC or currently the faculty of the whole) shall vote on the motion to approve Emeritus Faculty status, and a majority vote is needed. The process then moves to the College of the Arts Dean’s office for final approval.

      Duties and Roles of Emeritus Faculty

      The duties and roles of Emeriti Faculty are largely voluntary in nature and are limited in scope. Those duties may include:

      • The option to teach courses in the Emeritus Faculty’s specialty area as needed at a salary commensurate with other part-time faculty with similar credentials.
      • The option to serve on BFA/BA, MFA/MA or other thesis and/or review committees in a voluntary and supportive role for students.
      • The opportunity for service on Faculty Search Committees when needed, especially when resident full-time faculty in program areas do not yet exist.
      • As desired, the opportunity for continued mentorship of student careers through letters of reference, recommendations, studio visits, conference mentorship, etc.
      • Recognition, when appropriate, of Emeritus Faculty through promotional materials of the School of Art website, social media, etc.
      • An invitation to volunteer within the program area of the Emeritus Faculty’s specialty as determined by the program area’s current full-time faculty.

      Emeritus Faculty status does not confer upon recipients:

      • The designation for use of private studio or office space within the facilities of the School of Art, however Emeriti Faculty may be offered consideration to use general facilities of the School of Art as space and time permits. The decisions of the current resident full-time faculty and/or Director of the School of Art in these matters will be final.
      • Emeriti Faculty who continue to teach may continue to use office support for their classes. Non-teaching Emeriti Faculty cannot expect personal use of School of Art office services to include secretarial support, mailing and photocopying privileges, consumption of office supplies, etc.
      • Emeriti Faculty will not be considered voting members of the School of Art’s governing body (FAC or faculty of the whole). This includes all matters of RTP, curriculum and policy of the School of Art, however they may offer written comments of an advisory nature to be presented at SoA governance proceedings.
      • All other potential duties and roles of Emeriti Faculty of the School of Art not listed above will be determined by the Director of the School as needed.