Definition of Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Ranks

3.2 DEFINITIONS OF TENURED OR TENURE-TRACK FACULTY RANKS

3.2.1  Instructor    Appointments to this rank are ordinarily for new faculty who have not yet been awarded the terminal degree in their teaching field but who expect to receive that degree during the probationary period, prior to consideration for tenure.  A master’s degree or significant professional experience is the minimum expectation for appointment to this rank.  A full-time limited term appointment may be made at this rank when the individual’s credentials so warrant.

3.2.2  Assistant Professor    Appointments to this rank are for faculty who hold a terminal degree appropriate to the field (or who bring to the University professional experience deemed the equivalent of the terminal degree).  New faculty appointments are commonly made at this rank.

3.2.3  Associate Professor    A person appointed to the rank of associate professor, in addition to the degree credentials required of an assistant professor, must have at least six years of full-time college teaching experience (or the equivalent).  This person must in that time have demonstrated substantial professional achievement in the areas of teaching, professional activity and service.  New faculty appointments may be made at this rank, under circumstances deemed appropriate by the dean, the Provost, and the President.

3.2.4  Professor    A person appointed to the rank of professor, in addition to the degree credentials required of an assistant professor, must have at least ten years of full-time college teaching experience (or the equivalent).  In that time this person must have achieved professional distinction in the areas of teaching, professional activity, and service.  New faculty appointments may be made at this rank, under circumstances deemed appropriate by the dean, the Provost, and the President.