Academic Rank

06 Jul 2016 16:03
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Requirements and Criteria for Rank

(revised September 9, 2014)

The following criteria apply for rank.

A. Professor

1. Should have the earned doctorate or a recognized terminal degree in the appropriate academic discipline; a minimum of ten years successful teaching experience, including a minimum of three years at USAO; a minimum of six full years in rank of Associate Professor (application to full Professor, at the earliest, can be submitted in the fall of the sixth year of associate professorship).

2. Should have demonstrated excellent achievement in the three major performance areas of teaching and student advising, research or scholarly development (including creative artistic productions), and service.

3. Should have an exemplary record regarding Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

B. Associate Professor

1. Should have the earned doctorate or a terminal degree in the appropriate academic division; a minimum of four years successful teaching experience, including a minimum of three years at USAO; a minimum of five full years in rank of Assistant Professor (application to Associate Professor should be submitted in the fall of the fifth year of assistant professorship).

2. Should have demonstrated excellent achievement in teaching and student advising and in one of the two performance areas of research/scholarly/creative development or service.

3. Should have an exemplary record regarding Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

C. Assistant Professor

1. Should have a terminal degree in the appropriate academic discipline. Normally, this degree will be the earned doctorate.

2. Should have demonstrated a potential for significant achievement in the areas of teaching and student advising, research or scholarly development, and service.

3. For reappointment, should have an exemplary record regarding Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

D. Instructor

Should have a Master’s degree in the appropriate academic discipline and a demonstrated potential for significant achievement in the areas of teaching, research or scholarly development, and service.

E. Adjunct Faculty

Appointed part-time for a single trimester and for specified courses. Adjunct faculty must meet the approval of the Division Chair in whose Division the adjunct faculty member teaches. The usual minimal standard for employment of adjunct faculty is a Master’s degree and teaching experience in the appropriate field. Exceptions are warranted in limited instances involving special expertise and experience.

F. Special Appointments

Individuals who are not full-time regular members of the faculty may be appointed under special arrangements for a specific term and must meet the criteria for appointment as instructor, assistant, associate, or full professor.

A person having less than the above minimum qualifications for rank may be hired to a rank or promoted in those rare cases where the attained level of expertise or scholarly and professional development clearly compensate for the deficiency in formal education.

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