Tenure Track Academic Ranks

With the exception of professional librarians, all tenure-track faculty hold academic rank. There are four (4) academic ranks associated with tenure-track positions. These ranks are also used for visiting positions that temporarily replace tenure-track positions. The general descriptions are as follows:

INSTRUCTOR - The beginning rank, may be assigned to those who have not completed all the requirements for the terminal degree in their discipline; appointment as an instructor requires:

  • an appropriate academic degree or the standard accepted equivalent;
  • the promise of superior teaching ability.
     

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - The second academic rank, ordinarily conferred upon those who have completed their terminal degree and who have not yet been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor; requirements include:

  • an earned doctorate or its recognized equivalent in the professional discipline and/or area of teaching;
  • proof of superior teaching, over a period of time, at an institution of higher learning;
  • achievement of public recognition in one’s professional discipline.
     

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - The third academic rank, ordinarily conferred upon those who have served as assistant professors, have been recognized for superior teaching, and have achieved public recognition in their discipline; requirements include:

  • an earned doctorate or its recognized equivalent in the professional discipline and/or area of teaching; and
  • proof of superior teaching as a full-time faculty member; and
  • achievement of public recognition in one’s discipline.
     

PROFESSOR - The fourth academic rank, ordinarily conferred upon those who have served as associate professors, have been recognized for superior teaching, and have achieved widespread recognition in their discipline; requirements include:

  • an earned doctorate or its recognized equivalent in the professional discipline and/or area of teaching; and
  • superior teaching as a full-time faculty member at this or any other institution of higher learning; and
  • widespread recognition in one’s discipline.
     

PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIAN - The designation of Professional Librarian is normally conferred on persons possessing the appropriate terminal professional degree. Appointment of Librarians follows the same procedures as those established for appointing other tenure track faculty.  

Applies To: 
Faculty
Last Updated: 
08/15/2018
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