3.0 Academic Rank

3.1  General Guidelines

No person, except as noted in Section 3.3, shall be recommended for appointment at or promotion to a rank who has not met the qualifications outlined in the following section. It is the responsibility of the Department, in consultation with the Dean, to define and document the criteria by which their faculty are judged to have met the qualifications listed in Section 3.2. Possession of the qualifications for rank specified in these Guidelines makes a faculty member eligible for that rank but does not entitle him/her to it. Criteria for appointments or promotions must be satisfied by the beginning of the academic year. Actions on appointments or promotions shall take effect at the beginning of the academic year, unless other arrangements are made.

3.2  Definition of Academic Rank/Title, and Eligibility Criteria

3.2.1  Instructor

3.2.1.1  Completion of the academic requirements for a master's degree in the discipline taught or an allied field, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.1.2  Proven or presumed teaching ability and professional integrity.

3.2.1.3  Potential to progress toward the rank of Assistant Professor.

3.2.1.4  Evidence of the ability to make important contributions in the areas of Scholarship/Creative Activity/Research and Service, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.2  Assistant Professor

3.2.2.1  Completion of all requirements for a doctoral/terminal degree in the discipline taught or in an allied field, as determined and documented by the Department. 

3.2.2.2  Proven or presumed teaching ability and professional integrity

3.2.2.3  Evidence of ability to make important contributions in the areas of Scholarship/Creative Activity/ Research and Service, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.3  Associate Professor

3.2.3.1  Possession of a doctoral/terminal degree in the discipline taught or in an allied field, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.3.2  Proven or presumed teaching ability and professional integrity.

3.2.3.3  Evidence of continuing and increasing achievement in the areas of Teaching, Scholarship/Creative Activity/Research, and Service, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.4  Professor

3.2.4.1  Possession of a doctoral/terminal degree in the discipline taught or in an allied field, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.4.2  Evidence of such quality of Teaching, Scholarship/Creative Activity/Research and Service as to warrant recognition within the Institution and in the academic discipline, as determined and documented by the Department.

3.2.4.3  Proven teaching ability and professional integrity.

3.2.5  Lecturer I, II

The title of Lecturer applies to individuals who meet the minimum requirements for the academic rank of instructor or have equivalent qualifications or experience in an appropriate field of instruction with evidence of sustained effective teaching ability. The responsibilities of the position are primarily in teaching. The lecturer is a non-tenure track position. Designation of Lecturer I or II is dependent on the years of satisfactory academic or professional experience, i.e. four (4) years per level or equivalent experience in the discipline area; the assignment of level is the responsibility of the department, in consultation with the dean.

3.2.6  Senior Lecturer

The title of Senior Lecturer applies to lecturers who have at least 8 years of teaching experience at the university level and with at least commendable teaching evaluation performance. The Senior Lecturer is a non-tenure track position. Designation of Senior Lecturer is the responsibility of the department, in consultation with the dean.

3.2.7  Teaching Assistant

The title Teaching Assistant applies to individuals who do not meet the minimum requirements for the Instructor's rank, and teach under the guidance and supervision of a regular status faculty member. The position of teaching assistant is a non-tenured, non-probationary temporary position.

3.3  Exceptions

Section 3.1 notwithstanding, on an exceptional basis an individual may be recommended for appointment or promotion to a rank higher than that for which he/she is qualified on the basis of academic credentials. Such exceptions shall be considered only for individuals whose participation in the academic life of a Department is viewed as vital or whose unique accomplishments are recognized as truly noteworthy either by professionals in the field or by the University. In all cases, Departments must fully document the request for such exceptions.