Faculty Ranks and Titles

Professor: Faculty members who hold the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree, who have extensive teaching experience at the rank of Associate Professor in an accredited senior college or university (normally seven or more years), and whose achievements as teachers, scholars, and contributors to the work of the university are consistent with its highest faculty rank usually hold the rank of Professor.  This is a tenure-track position.

Associate Professor: Faculty members who hold the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree, who have significant full-time teaching experience at the rank of Assistant Professor in an accredited senior college or university (normally six or more years), and whose achievements as teachers, scholars, and contributors to the work of the University indicate growing competence and stature usually hold the rank of Associate Professor.  This is a tenure-track position.

Assistant Professor: Faculty members who have earned the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree but who have limited teaching experience in an accredited senior college or university (normally fewer than six years) usually hold the rank of Assistant Professor.  This is a tenure-track position.

Instructor: Faculty members who do not hold the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree normally hold the rank of Instructor.   This is a tenure-track position.

Lecturer:  Part-time faculty on annual contract who teach more than half-time but less than full-time are classified as Lecturers.   This is not a tenure-track position.

Visiting Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor:
  Faculty members who are contracted for a full-time one-year appointment and have their terminal degree are visiting faculty.  Rank for visiting faculty is determined by the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the Faculty.  These are not tenure-track positions.

Visiting Instructor: 
Faculty members who are contracted for a full-time one-year appointment without their terminal degree hold the rank of Visiting Instructor.  This is not a tenure-track position.

Visiting Lecturer: 
Part-time faculty on annual contract who teach more than half-time but less than full-time and whose contracts need to be reviewed for renewal each year hold the rank of Visiting Lecturer.

Adjuncts: 
Part-time faculty teaching less than half-time are classified as Adjuncts.

Post-Doctoral Fellow:
  An individual hired to primarily conduct research following completion of their terminal degree is a Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Clinical Faculty: 
Continue appointments of faculty in programs subject to professional accreditation that require clinical teaching and/or clinical supervision and/or clinical direction are classified as Clinical Faculty.  These are not tenure-track position.

For rank of Librarians, consult Policy 155.5

Consult Policies 157.8 and 157.1 for additional information.  Last updated 05/08/09.

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