Faculty Ranks & Appointments

Normally, an earned terminal degree or equivalent professional experience in a related discipline is required for all faculty appointments to a tenure-track position in the School.

The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:

1. Assistant Professor

This rank is normally the entry-level rank for tenure-track faculty holding the terminal degree or equivalent professional experience 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 terminal degree or equivalent professional experience in an appropriate discipline. 

3. Professor

Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor. This rank is reserved for senior faculty members who have made sustained and significant impact and achieved significant recognition in their discipline. 

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

5. Adjunct Faculty Appointments

Adjunct faculty appointments are made by the School Director in consultation with the FAC. 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 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty and graduate students, part-time faculty appointments will be made by the Director from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.