Faculty Ranks | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

1.   Assistant Professor.  This rank is normally the entry rank for Faculty holding the doctorate.

2.   Associate Professor.  Hire at, or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate (the criteria for promotion to Associate Professor are specified in Section IV of this Handbook).  

3.   Professor.  Hire at, or promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for hire at, or 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.   Adjunct Appointments.  Adjunct appointments are made primarily to Ph.D. level psychologists who supervise advanced Clinical Psychological Science students on pre-internship placements.  These appointments are recommended by the Clinical Psychological Science Training Committee to the Faculty in the Department for their approval.  Adjunct appointments also may be made to other Ph.D. level psychologists who contribute consistently to the teaching and research mission of the Department.  Adjunct appointments may be at any of the professorial ranks, the level being determined by the experience and credentials of the person involved.  Adjunct faculty appointments are made at the discretion of the Chair in consultation with the FAC.

5.   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 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 FTNTT faculty member.

6.   Part-Time Faculty Appointments.  When the Department cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time Faculty, full-time FTNTT faculty, or its graduate students, part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.  To qualify for a part-time teaching appointment, the candidate must have a master’s degree in psychology (or related field) and an empirical thesis.  All part-time instructors at the Kent and Regional campuses must be approved by the department chair in advance.

7. Graduate Faculty Status.  As a doctoral-granting Department, the Department assumes that all Faculty hired on the Kent campus are eligible for appointment to the Graduate Faculty as either Associate or Full Members.  The criteria and procedures for appointment to the Graduate Faculty are given in Section V