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).
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).