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.
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.