Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Handbook

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Chapter 1. Mission, Vision, General Organization, and Governance
Section 1.5 Faculty Status Definitions
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1.5.5 Non-Tenure-Track Academic Rank Definitions

ADJUNCT (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor): An appointment at this rank is offered to persons not regularly or primarily employed within the academic unit to which the appointment is made. Such individuals--because of training, experience, credentials, and interest--are invited to participate in the teaching, research, and/or instructional programs of academic departments. Ordinarily no remuneration is associated with adjunct appointments, but on the approval of the President, remuneration may be provided for teaching and/or research activities. Appointments shall be for no more than three years with the possibility of subsequent appointments.

INSTRUCTOR: An appointment requiring a master's degree, or a bachelor's degree and professional qualifications. Instructors may be expected to deliver existing courses, hold office hours, other duties associated with instruction, and limited service. Instructor appointments are considered temporary, one-semester, or semester-by-semester appointments, for full-time or part-time work with contracts of no more than one year.(See Appendix L)

LECTURER: An appointment requiring a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications. Lecturers may be expected to deliver existing courses, develop new teaching materials and course segments, develop new courses which keep pace with changes in the discipline, supervise personnel including other faculty, represent the department/school in its relationships within the University, advise undergraduate students, conduct research, and serve on committees. Lecturer appointments are a two-year, renewable (rolling) appointments. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See Appendix L)

SENIOR LECTURER: An appointment requiring a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications. In addition to the expectations for lecturers, a senior lecturer is expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership in education and develop new courses, teaching methods and procedures that have substantial impact with the department/school and across the University. Senior Lecturer appointments are a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See Appendix L)

PRINCIPAL LECTURER: An appointment requiring a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications. In addition to the expectations for lecturers and senior lecturers, a principal lecturer is expected to demonstrate exceptional achievements in teaching and education, either by fundamental contributions to University's mission or by broad national or international impact. Principal Lecturer appointments are a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See Appendix L)

PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE: An appointment requiring a bachelor's degree with significant professional experience. A professor of practice may be expected to deliver existing courses, develop new teaching materials and course segments, develop new courses which keep pace with changes in the discipline, supervise personnel including other faculty, represent the department/school in its relationships within the University, advise undergraduate students, conduct research, serve on committees, and be active in professional societies. Professor of Practice appointments are a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See Appendix L)

RESEARCH (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor): An appointment offered to persons with qualifications commensurate with the research qualifications and the level of accomplishment of a regular tenure-track faculty of the same rank. These appointments entail full responsibility for research activities and limited responsibility for teaching, advising, and service activities. Appointments are initially for up to one year and are renewable depending upon funding for one-year periods.

ROTC FACULTY APPOINTMENTS: An appointment conferred upon ROTC officers assigned to duty with the Army or Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps units at the University. The senior commissioned officer of the Army and Air Force units shall be appointed Professor of Military Science and Professor of Aerospace Studies, respectively. Commissioned officers or other warrant officers shall be appointed Assistant Professor of Military Science/Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies or Instructor of Military Science/Instructor of Aerospace Studies. Non-commissioned officers shall be appointed Instructor of Military Science/Instructor of Aerospace Science. These appointments involve no compensation from the University and terminate when the duty assignment ends.

VISITING (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor): A guest appointment normally offered to a faculty member from another institution and appointed at the rank of that institution. Responsibilities will normally be similar to those of tenure-track faculty in the department to which the appointment is made. Visiting appointments shall normally be for one year or less.

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