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 tenureā€track 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 (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 (Section V of this Handbook).
  4. Emeriti Faculty

    • Emeritus status may be conferred according to University policy for faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary professional competence and university citizenship. Emeritus status may be granted following appropriate review and recommendation of a faculty member after a period of at least 10 years and at the time of retirement from full-time employment.