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Faculty Titles Dictionary – Tenure Track Positions – Tenure Track Positions

For all Faculty and Staff in the AAUP Bargaining Unit

PROFESSORIAL TITLES

These titles are used for tenure track and tenured positions usually appointed for a nine month period. Normally, the maximum time one may spend in the tenure track is seven years. The University Laws and ByLaws (12th Edition Revised, 4/12/96) describe the qualifications for appointment and promotion to each rank (Appendix A and below with each title). The annual Chancellor’s memorandum outlines selected procedures for Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment (PTR), including the dates for each step (Appendix B).

To provide continuing medical benefits for nine month faculty, their salary is paid out over a twelve month period on a bi-weekly basis. Those positions which require year round work are identified as eleven month faculty positions. The position title is appended with the eleven month designation, e.g., Associate Professor – 11 month. The twelfth month is usually considered vacation time.

University policy permits nine, ten, and eleven month faculty to earn no more than the twelve month equivalent of his/her base annual salary over the course of a year. The University’s Policy on Extra Compensation for Full-Time Faculty in AAUP is available on the University Policy website.

Both outside consulting and professional practice require prior University approval.
University Professor

This title is awarded by the University’s Board of Trustees to tenured nine month faculty members for outstanding scholarship and distinguished service to the University. As of August 2014 the title has been bestowed on eight faculty members throughout the University’s history: Harry J. Hartley, Anthony T. DiBenedetto, John Patterson (Health Center), Kenneth Wilson, Albert Cohen, Hildegard Emmel, Philip E. Austin, and Cato T. Laurencin.
Professor

The University ByLaws describe the qualifications for this faculty rank as follows:

“(1) Service here or elsewhere as an associate professor of at least five years except when there is evidence that he or she is of superior ability as compared with other associate professors. (2) Evidence that he or she is regarded by colleagues within and without the University as a capable, mature teacher, and a recognized scholar.” (Article XV.J.3.d)
Associate Professor

The ByLaws describe the qualifications for Associate Professor as follows:

“Continued growth in the qualities desired in all teachers, especially, consensus among colleagues that the faculty member is making a substantial contribution to the advancement of knowledge in his or her field.” (Article XV.J.3.c)
Assistant Professor

The ByLaws describe the qualifications for Assistant Professor as follows:

“(1) The possession of the Ph.D. degree or its equivalent. (2) A record of success in his or her work, based on all obtainable information. This may include the judgment of colleagues, information from students, and occasionally the comparisons of the progress and achievement of his or her students with that of groups of approximately equal ability in the same or similar courses. (3) Ordinarily, those in the rank of assistant professor are not eligible for tenure.

Note: Ordinarily, six years is regarded as the normal length of service in the rank of assistant professor.” (Article XV.J.3.b)

The text continues with the following note regarding assistant professors:

“These ranks include the majority of those who under present rules have not completed the seven-year probationary period in the profession. Hence it is essential that departments exercise extreme care in their recommendations for reappointment, in order that the purpose of limited tenure may be accomplished. This requires formal revaluation of the teacher by the department, the dean of the school or college, and the appropriate Chancellor and Provost. Continued eappointment of a person, after it is clear that he or she will not become eligible for permanent tenure, cannot be justified on grounds of immediate convenience. In his or her own interest and that of the University, he or she should be released after the customary notice.” (Article XV.J.3.b)
Instructor

An individual appointed to this position is presumed to be intending to move to the tenure track when the terminal degree is completed.

The Laws and ByLaws of the University describe the qualifications for this position:

“(1) Training or experience appropriate to the performance of his or her assigned responsibilities. In many cases this will mean the possession of, or evidence of, substantial progress toward the Ph.D. degree or its equivalent. If a young teacher who does not hold that degree is appointed, the University should in most cases insist that this essential preparation be completed early, and should afford such practical assistance as is reasonable by providing working facilities and by lightening his or her load or granting [unpaid] leave.

(2) A consensus on the part of those qualified to judge that the faculty member’s training, experience, and interest in his or her subject are appropriate for the performance of the duties to be assigned.

Note: Two years is regarded as the normal length of service in the rank of instructor for those qualified for advancement at the end of this period.

For certain types of teaching, it may be more desirable to appoint persons whose qualifications will not ordinarily entitle them to advance into the upper levels of rank and salary. In some fields, for example in the creative arts, the possession of the Ph.D. is not the best criterion of professional competence.” (Article XV. J. 3.a)

The ByLaws continue with the following note regarding instructors:

“These ranks include the majority of those who under present rules have not completed the seven-year probationary period in the profession. Hence it is essential that departments exercise extreme care in their recommendations for reappointment, in order that the purpose of limited tenure may be accomplished. This requires formal revaluation of the teacher by the department, the dean of the school or college, and the appropriate Chancellor and Provost. Continued Reappointment of a person, after it is clear that he or she will not become eligible for permanent tenure, cannot be justified on grounds of immediate convenience. In his or her own interest and that of the University, he or she should be released after the customary notice.” (Article XV.J.3.b)

Last reviewed February 2010