Faculty Ranks | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of Faculty ranks are the following:

 

1.Assistant Professor

This rank is normally the entry level rank for Faculty holding the doctorate in an appropriate discipline.

2.Associate Professor

Hire to or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate 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 Faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline (See, Section IV of this Handbook).

 

4.Research Associate and Research Assistant

These titles 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 titles do not vote on School committees and do not participate in School governance.

 

5.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 and the approval of the Dean. Adjunct faculty members do not vote on School Committees and do not participate in School governance.

 

6.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 (NTT) faculty member.

 

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

 

Full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT) appointments are made on an annual basis (See, Section VI of this Handbook). 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.

 

8.Part-Time Faculty Appointments

 

When the School cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its Faculty, NTT faculty and graduate students, part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants.