Faculty Appointments

Faculty Nomenclature

Non-Tenure-Track Positions

  • Adjunct with Rank (non-benefits)

    Adjunct with Rank:  Persons appointed on a per course, per semester basis with salary. Persons hold academic rank but are not eligible for tenure, fringe benefits, sabbatical leaves, or election to the faculty seats in the Faculty Senate. This appointment is renewable.

  • Affiliate with Rank  (non-benefits;  non-pay)

    Affiliate with Rank:  Persons whose primary occupations are normally nonacademic and who contribute to the University's education, research, and/or service activities on a limited-time basis. They are either from a different college/school than the position location, or from outside the University. This appointment involves no compensation. Persons hold academic rank but are not eligible for tenure, fringe benefits, sabbatical leaves, or election to the faculty seats in the Faculty Senate. Appointment is one to three years; renewable.

 

  • Clinical Faculty

    • Clinical Assistant Professor

      Clinical Assistant Professor shall have completed a terminal degree appropriate for his/her field and shall have successful teaching or other relevant experience.  A Clinical Assistant Professor will hold current licensure/certification as appropriate to the field and have significant professional experience post master’s degree in the appropriate field.

    • Clinical Associate Professor

      Clinical Associate Professor shall have attained a terminal degree, have had several years of successful teaching or other relevant experience, and shall have shown evidence of professional leadership and scholarly activity.  A Clinical Associate Professor will hold current licensure/certification as appropriate to the field.

    • Clinical Professor

      Clinical Professor shall have a background of successful teaching, marked by the perspective of maturity and experience, and some outstanding creative attribute recognizable in the professional and academic world as a special asset to the University.  A Clinical Professor will hold current licensure/certification as appropriate to the field.  

 

  • Extension Faculty

    • Extension Instructor

    • Extension Assistant Professor

    • Extension Associate Professor

    • Extension Professor

 

  • Lecturer

    Lecturer faculty, whose primary responsibility is teaching, hold the titles of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Principal Lecturer. New and continuing lecturers will be appointed at one of these three ranks. Normally, for a person with no prior full-time experience at an institution of higher education, an initial appointment will be as a Lecturer. Promotion to Senior Lecturer may be initiated in the seventh year of continuous or cumulative employment at the rank of Lecturer. It is typical that the process for promotion to Principal Lecturer be initiated in the sixth year of continuous employment at the rank of Senior Lecturer.

  • Research Faculty

    • Research Assistant Professor

      Research Assistant Professor shall have completed formal advanced study appropriate to his/her field and shall have demonstrated success in carrying out externally funded research, be capable of advising graduate students, and provide some service to the university and profession.

    • Research Associate Professor

      Research Associate Professor shall have completed formal advanced study, had several years of successful research experience, and have shown clear evidence of his/her ability to conceive and perform independent research and to obtain external funding for his/her research, supported and advised graduate students, and provide some service to the university and profession.

    • Research Professor

      Research Professor shall have a background of successful research, marked by maturity and experience that has earned him/her a national/international reputation in the field.  The candidate will have supported and advised graduate students, and provided some service to the university and profession.   

 

  • Visiting

    Visiting with Rank:  Persons who hold regular faculty appointments at other institutions and who contribute to the University’s educational or research activities on either a full-time or part-time basis. Appointments are for specific periods of time. Initial appointments are for a maximum of one year and are renewable not to exceed three years. Visiting faculty are not eligible for tenure, sabbatical leaves, or election to the faculty seats in the Faculty Senate.

    • Visiting Assistant Professor

    • Visiting Associate Professor

    • Visiting Professor

Tenure-Track Positions

  • Instructor

    Instructor:  An instructor is a faculty member who has not completed the appropriate terminal degree.

  • Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor:  An assistant professor shall have completed formal advanced study appropriate for his or her field and have had successful teaching or other relevant experience.

  • Associate Professor

    Associate Professor:  An associate professor shall have completed formal advanced study, have had several years of successful teaching experience or other relevant experience, and have shown evidence of professional development and scholarly interest as reflected in research or other individual creative effort.

  • Professor

    Professor:   A professor shall have a background of successful teaching and research, marked by the perspective of maturity and experience, or some outstanding creative attribute recognizable in the academic world as a special asset to a university faculty.

Joint Faculty Appointments