Appointment and Employment Procedures and Regulations for Tenure-Track Faculty

  1. Faculty Appointments

    Normally, an earned doctoral degree in a related discipline is required for all Faculty appointments to a tenure-track position in the Department.  Postdoctoral experience is preferred. 

  2. Faculty Ranks

    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 doctorate in an appropriate discipline. 

                2.      Associate Professor

    Hire to or promotion to this rank is for tenure-track Faculty with prior service as an Assistant Professor, or significant academic achievements.  Possession of the doctorate in an appropriate discipline is expected.

                3.      Professor

    Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor and is reserved for senior tenure-track Faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline. 


  3. Academic Titles

    1.         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.  Academics who hold these titles do not vote on Department committees and do not participate in Department governance.

    2.      Adjunct Faculty

    These appointments are held primarily by Faculty from other institutions. Adjunct Faculty appointments are made by the Chair after receiving advice from the Faculty.  Adjunct Faculty members do not vote on Department Committees and do not participate in Department governance.

    3.      Visiting Faculty

    A visiting Faculty member is typically a Faculty member from another institution who is employed by the Department 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.

     4.      Part-Time Faculty Appointments

    When the Department cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time tenured and tenure-track Faculty, full-time NTT faculty and graduate students, then part-time Faculty appointments will be made from a pool of qualified applicants.

    5.      Graduate Faculty Status

    As a doctoral degree granting department, the Department normally requires that all Faculty hired for tenure-track positions 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.  (See, UPR 3342-6-15.1) 

  4. Recruiting Faculty

    The Department supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and in making appointments to the Faculty.   Search Committees are appointed by the Chair after consultation with the FAC and Faculty members in the specific area or discipline and conduct the search for candidates.  Search committees may include a student member selected by the Faculty members serving on the search committee.  The search committee advises the Chair on which candidates, normally three, should be interviewed.  After the interviews, the Chair consults with the Faculty and then makes a recommendation for hire to the Dean. If the Chair's recommendation is different than that of the search committee or the Faculty, the Chair shall inform the Dean as to the Faculty and search committee’s recommendations and the reasons for the disagreement. If the Dean concurs with the Chair, a recommendation for hire is forwarded to the Office of the Provost.

  5. Role and Responsibility of the Faculty

    Research, Teaching, Service: Each Faculty member is expected to contribute to the Department, Campus, College and the University according to the terms and condition of his/her letter of appointment.  Some Faculty members make their primary contribution in teaching while others emphasize research.

    Scholarly activity is expected of all Faculty members, although the extent and/or type of activity may vary with the terms of each Faculty member’s assignment and campus location.  Faculty involved in research and the graduate program are expected to present evidence of their endeavors as witnessed by publication, proposals submitted for extramural funding, and dissemination of research in various venues as appropriate to the discipline. Activity in professional organizations and the training of graduate students is also expected.

    Not all Faculty members contribute to the Department in the same manner.  A Faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching and undergraduate programs may teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than a Faculty member who is also a member of the graduate Faculty.  Most of the Department Faculty members will be either a full or associate member of the graduate Faculty.  All Faculty members are expected to be involved in significant research activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research. Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses is part of the teaching function.

    Service to the University is a responsibility of each Faculty member.  Department, Campus, College, and University committee or task force membership is expected as a normal part of a Faculty member’s contributions.  Special or outstanding service above and beyond that which is typical may be considered during the review of a Faculty member, but service alone will not reduce the expectations of quality teaching and scholarly activity.  Public service is encouraged and recognized as a part of the professional responsibilities of each Faculty member, although contributions in this area can be expected to vary widely due to the nature of the various disciplines within the Department.

  6. Faculty Code of Ethics

    All members of the Department Faculty are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards as teachers, scholars, university citizens and colleagues.  The University policy regarding Faculty code of professional ethics can be found in the University Policy Register.  (See, UPR 3342-6-17).