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Faculty Titles Dictionary – Non-Tenure Track Positions

For all Faculty and Staff in the AAUP Bargaining Unit

ACADEMIC ASSISTANT TITLES
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM FIELD FACULTY TITLES
EXTENSION PROFESSORIAL TITLES
SPECIAL INTERNAL LECTURER TITLES (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
SPECIALIST A TITLES

ACADEMIC ASSISTANTS TITLES

Academic Assistant Titles include: Academic Assistant V, Academic Assistant IV, Academic Assistant III, Academic Assistant II, Academic Assistant I (high to low).  The work of these positions may be comparable in many respects, but salary and title distinction are based on the level of degree attainment and the experience which the individual brings to the position. These titles are similar to Research Assistants and Associates except that incumbents provide technical support for on-going departmental research activities, rather than for a single Principal Investigator. Appointments are normally for eleven months (a full year of work with the extra month generally considered vacation time) and are usually not grant-funded. Generally, departments with a substantial investment in and commitment to research establish these positions to fill a permanent need for on-going technical and research support.

These positions report to an administrative head, but may be assigned to provide research support for other faculty members.  After a probationary period of one year, staff in these positions are eligible for annual appointments up to a maximum of five (5) one-year appointments. Beginning with the seventh year (i.e., upon the completion of an initial successful probationary year plus five one-year appointments) these employees are eligible for three-year contracts. (See AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 13.)

Academic Assistant V

This job is similar to a Research Associate III except that the job is designed to provide direct technical support for a department’s on-going research activities rather than for a single PI. Employees in this title report to the administrative head and assist in research projects as assigned by the head. They are normally considered a technical resource to the department as a whole and may be responsible for the proper use of research equipment and instruments, and/or for the effective and safe management of one or more departmental laboratories. A person in this position would possess a Ph.D. and substantial experience. The description for a Research Associate III provides a detailed duties list which may help in identifying comparabilities for this position within a department.
Academic Assistant IV

This job is similar to a Research Associate II except that the job is designed to provide direct technical support for a department’s on-going research activities rather than for a single PI. Employees in this title report to the administrative head and assist in research projects as assigned by the head. They are normally considered a technical resource to the department as a whole and may be responsible for the proper use of research equipment and instruments, and/or for the effective and safe management of one or more departmental laboratories. A person in this position would possess a Ph.D. and some experience. The description for a Research Associate II provides a more detailed duties list which may help in identifying comparabilities for this position within a department.
Academic Assistant III

This job is similar to a Research Associate I except that the job is designed to provide direct technical support for a department’s on-going research activities rather than for a single PI. Employees in this title report to the administrative head and assist in research projects as assigned by the head. They are normally considered a technical resource to the department as a whole and may be responsible for the proper use of research equipment and instruments, and/or for the effective and safe management of one or more departmental laboratories. A person in this position would possess a Ph.D. with little experience or a Master’s degree with extensive experience. The description for a Research Associate I provides a more detailed duties list which may help in identifying comparabilities for this position within a department.
Academic Assistant II

This job is similar to a Research Assistant III except that the job is designed to provide direct technical support for a department’s on-going research activities rather than for a single PI. Employees in this title report to the administrative head and assist in research projects as assigned by the head. They are normally considered a technical resource to the department as a whole and may be responsible for the proper use of research equipment and instruments, and/or for the effective and safe management of one or more departmental laboratories. A person in this position would normally possess a Master’s degree with experience. The description for a Research Assistant III provides a more detailed duties list which may help in identifying comparabilities for this position within a department.
Academic Assistant I

This job is similar to a Research Assistant II except that the job is designed to provide direct technical support for a department’s on-going research activities, rather than for a single PI. Employees in this title report to the administrative head and assist in research projects as assigned by the head. They are normally considered a technical resource to the department as a whole and may be responsible for the proper use of research equipment and instruments, and/or for the effective and safe management of one or more departmental laboratories. They may possess a Master’s degree with little experience or a Bachelor’s degree with substantial experience. The description for a Research Assistant II provides a more detailed duties list which will help in identifying this position within a department.

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM FIELD FACULTY TITLES

These titles are used in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for faculty in Cooperative Extension System programs who are not ordinarily members of an academic department. The titles are parallel to Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Instructor.

Educators disseminate research and experience-based information to the public through informal educational programs. Additionally, educators organize, plan and promote endeavors, through learning partnerships, with the goal of empowering individuals to improve their lives and communities.

Educators deliver programs in a number of areas, including agriculture, consumer and family sciences, natural resource management, environmental quality and positive youth development. They develop volunteer partners and collaborate with government, business and industry to address the above issues. They serve as liaisons with University research and teaching faculty, and the community at large, to bring community needs to the resources of the University for further research and development.

These positions are part of a Federal-State-local partnership and may be funded by either State or Federal (Smith-Lever) funds or a combination of both. They are non-tenure track, eleven month positions. Individuals in these positions are encouraged on an on-going basis to take graduate courses and in-service training related to their field of expertise.

Note: when funded by projects with specific end dates, position titles include “in-residence”.

After a probationary period of one year, staff in these positions are eligible for annual appointments up to a maximum of five (5) years. Beginning with the seventh year (i.e., upon the completion of a successful probationary year plus five one-year appointments), these employees are eligible for three-year contracts. (See AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 13.)
Senior Cooperative Extension Educator

Individuals in this position have, through demonstrated ability, established a respected reputation among both regional and national colleagues. They have presented tangible evidence of scholarly production and other distinguished achievement in creative program development.

This position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field with at least 10 years of experience as a Cooperative Extension Educator or the equivalent, or a Ph.D. with at least five years of experience. In addition, incumbents must provide evidence of appropriate teaching, research and service.
Cooperative Extension Educator

These individuals demonstrate leadership ability and enjoy recognition for their contributions to the Cooperative Extension System and its clientele. They possess current knowledge of their field of expertise and of proven methods for working with the public. They have demonstrated effectiveness in working, both locally and regionally, with other professionals and extension clientele in the field.

The minimum requirements are a Master’s degree in a related field and at least five years of experience as an Associate Cooperative Extension Educator or the equivalent. In addition, incumbents must provide evidence of appropriate teaching, research and service.
Associate Cooperative Extension Educator

These individuals demonstrate achievement in program development and implementation. They exhibit proven originality and creativeness in designing new programs and adapting new teaching methodologies. They possess effective communication skills and the ability to establish environments that encourage leadership in the community and among the staff. They evaluate and analyze the problems and programmatic needs of clients, organize and coordinate the activities that are necessary to carry out educational programs, and compile reports on program activities and results.

The position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field and at least five years of experience as an Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator or the equivalent. In addition, incumbents must provide evidence of appropriate teaching, research and service.
Assistant Cooperative Extension Educator

These positions require a demonstrated ability to work with extension clientele and the public, the creativity to plan and implement extension programs, and demonstrated competence to assume a leadership role in a particular field of assignment.

The minimum requirement for this position is a Master’s degree in a related field with the appropriate qualifications and related experience.

EXTENSION PROFESSORIAL TITLES

Extension professorial titles include: Extension Professor, Associate Extension Professor, Assistant Extension Professor and Extension Instructor.  For the most part these titles are used in those divisions or colleges which have a major outreach component. In addition to the service emphasis, extension faculty are responsible for teaching credit and non-credit courses throughout the University system and the State. Such appointments are non-tenure track and for eleven months. (An eleven month appointment is for a full year of work with the extra month generally considered vacation time.) After a probationary period of one year, staff in these positions are eligible for annual appointments up to a maximum of five (5) years. Beginning with the seventh year (i.e., upon the completion of a successful probationary year plus five one-year appointments), these employees are eligible for three-year contracts. (See AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 13.)

SPECIAL INTERNAL LECTURER TITLES (Speech Pathology and Audiology)

Special Internal Lecturer titles include: Special Internal Lecturer I, Special Internal Lecturer II and Special Internal Lecturer III (Speech Pathology and Audiology).

These are nine or eleven month non-tenure track positions usually indicating Master’s level clinical faculty whose primary function is to assist graduate students in acquiring clinical skills used in the professional setting.

This title is restricted to audiologists and speech pathologists who work in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Department of Communication Sciences and function as practicing clinicians.

Special Internal Lecturers are eligible for three-year appointments at the beginning of their seventh year, after serving a successful initial probationary year and a maximum of five one-year appointments. Other terms and conditions of appointment are specified in Article 13 of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement.

SPECIALIST A TITLES

Specialist A titles include: Specialist IVA, Specialist IIIA, Specialist IIA and Specialist IA (high to low).

These are non-tenure track titles for coaches and trainers in the Division of Athletics. The individual’s title is determined by his/her experience, salary requirements and marketability.

The terms of appointment for these positions are specified in the AAUP collective bargaining agreement (see below).  Individuals may be hired and/or renewed for multiple year contracts. However, the appointment terms of assistant coaches may not be longer than that of their head coach. In cases where a head coach has a five year appointment, the appointment terms of assistant coaches may vary within the limits of that five year appointment.

Article 13.6 of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement reads in part:

“. . . . Head coaches and assistant coaches may be hired and/or renewed for multiple year contracts. However, in no case may an assistant coach be hired or renewed for a term longer than the head coach in his/her sport.”

“In those instances where a head coach has a five-year appointment, the assistant coaches in that sport may be appointed to varying employment terms which coincide with the employment term of the head coach. When a head coach leaves for any reason before the end of his/her contract, assistant coaches may be terminated. If the decision is to terminate the assistant coach(es), he/she shall continue to be employed until the end of the academic year (June 30) or receive six months’ notice (or salary in lieu thereof), whichever is longer.”

Last reviewed February 2010