Faculty Titles Dictionary

These titles identify tenure track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, research positions, and other professional positions used by the University. Titles for searches, offer letters, payroll authorizations, leave requests, and similar administrative documents must be drawn from this lexicon.

The table of contents lists each title in the dictionary organized by type of position. Individual sections include an introductory overview and information on the use of the title, requirements of the position, and terms of employment.

In some instances, an employee may carry more than one title. For example, a person may be a department head and a professor. For administrative purposes, it is important to distinguish the primary or payroll title (the title which determines bargaining unit status, salary, and conditions of employment), from the concurrent secondary (functional) title. A sitting academic department head’s primary title would be “department head” and the secondary title “professor”. See Appendix B for additional information on department heads.

For information on the University’s policies and procedures with regard to rank, promotion, tenure and reappointment of faculty, please refer to the By-Laws of the University of Connecticut (By-Laws).

Section Position Descriptions

Tenure Track Positions


Non-Tenure Track Positions

Academic Assistant
Clinical Faculty
Cooperative Extension System Field Faculty
Extension Professorial
Facilities Scientist


Head Coach, Associate Head Coach and Assistant Coach
Specialist IA, IIA, IIIA, IVA

Temporary Non-Tenure Track Positions

Joint Appointment
Lecturer (non-permanent)
Research Associate and Research Assistant
Research Faculty
Research Scientist/Scholar
Adjunct Faculty

Gratis and Joint Appointments

Honorary and Endowed Appointments

Emeritus Designation
Distinguished Chair, Endowed Chair, Named Professorship
Faculty Fellowship


Appendix A: Principal Investigator
Appendix B: Academic Department Head

Last reviewed March 2019