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Faculty Personnel Policies

B2:  Faculty Designations

b. Sequential Ranks

The following description includes the general criteria used in determining the rank for initial appointments and subsequent promotions (see B3.d1) of all full-time teaching members of the faculty (including tenure-track, tenured, and non tenure-track faculty):

  1. Instructor

    1. Shall hold at least a master's degree from a recognized graduate school with concentration in the appropriate subject area.  In certain special cases, a bachelor's degree and/or appropriate professional experience may be adequate.

    2. Shall have evident ability as a teacher with promise for successful career development.

    3. Reappointment at the rank of instructor should not ordinarily be expected beyond the seventh year.


  2. Assistant Professor

    1. Shall preferably hold the doctoral degree or at least a substantial amount of advanced study beyond the master's degree.  In certain special cases, an established professional career and experience may be accepted in lieu of the doctoral degree.

    2. Shall have evident ability as a teacher and scholar.

    3. Shall give evidence of professional and broad usefulness to the College and sympathy toward its purposes.

  3. Associate Professor

    1. Shall hold the doctorate or its equivalent. (see B3.d1)

    2. Shall have demonstrated superior ability as a teacher.

    3. Shall have demonstrated ability to do scholarly work as indicated by significant research, scholarly publication, public performance, or creative accomplishment.

    4. Shall give evidence of professional and broad usefulness to the College and sympathy toward its purposes, with promise of increasing worth.

  4. Professor
    1. Shall hold the doctorate or its equivalent. (see B3.d1)

    2. Shall have demonstrated superior ability as a teacher.

    3. Shall have a record of scholarly publications and other scholarly or creative activities which have earned him/her an established reputation within his/her profession.

    4. Shall engage regularly in activities which promote professional growth and have held positions of responsibility in his/her profession and on the campus.

    5. Shall give evidence of sympathy toward the purposes of the College.

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