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Faculty Rank of Positions
Policy

Document Number: FacHR--102 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: VP for Academic Affairs Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/18/2012

General Description
Description:

Information about appointment to the faculty relative to HR policy.


Purpose:

Delineation of HR policy.


Scope:

All faculty, staff, and administrators


Responsibility: Academic Affairs
VP for Academic Affairs
Human Resources
VP for Academic Affairs

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Requirements
Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
Standards of good practice
Standard company policies

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions
1.

Faculty Rank of Positions


As Faculty are central to academic mission and as appropriate credentials are at the core of this, the President will require that all appointments recommendations expressly address the qualifications for the appointment. If the degree is outside of the teaching area, the school dean, Vice-president for Academic Affairs and University President must approve the appointment following accreditation guidelines. At the option of the University President, appropriate administrative or professional work experience may be substituted for part of the teaching experience and/or formal education requirements following accreditation guidelines.

 

 


1.1

Lecturer


Position Requirements

 

A lecturer should posses a master’s degree in the instructional discipline or a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours, from an accredited college or university.  

 

Position Appointment

 

Faculty employed in a continuing part-time capacity at the University may be appointed to this rank and shall have training or experience which is of special value to the University or meet a special teaching need of the institution.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities

 

It is the responsibility of the Lecturer to prepare and present course information which demonstrates sound and current scholarship and practice in the discipline and to utilize teaching strategies that will enhance student learning.

 

The individual must demonstrate evidence of character and ability to work well within and complement the School or department.  Committee assignment is not a usual expectation. The Lecturer should participate in positive interactions with students, Cumberland staff and faculty, and the community.

 

 


1.2

Instructor


Position Requirements

 

An instructor must possess a master’s degree (minimum requirement) in the instructional discipline or related area from an accredited college or university and/or significant experience that makes them appropriately credentialed to teach within the given area.  

The individual must demonstrate the ability to respectfully work on tasks related to the faculty role in university governance, including committee assignments, and to work collaboratively on projects and tasks related to the department of appointment.

 

Position Appointment

 

Faculty employed in a continuing full-time capacity at the University may be appointed to this rank and shall have training or experience which is of special value to the University or meet a special teaching need of the institution.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities

 

The individual must demonstrate the ability for pedagogy, scholarly activity and community service, both to the public and the university.

 

Pedagogy: The individual’s teaching should reflect current sound practice and scholarship in the given discipline. Assessment should be a central part of teaching to ensure continued progression toward academic excellence. Teaching should be reflective to strengthen the learning of the students. Participation in student advising may be required.

 

Scholarly Activities: Research or creative activities within one’s discipline are strongly encouraged and expected. Individuals are expected to participate in professional development activities to increase their expertise and effectiveness in teaching and their disciplinary area.  

 

Community Service: Engagement with students outside the classroom through focused activities, student organizations or clubs is strongly encouraged.  Faculty are expected to serve on university committees as a positive force for academic excellence.  Service to the university and the public as a representative of the university is strongly encouraged.

 

Cultivation of professionalism in the areas of pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service that are consistent with the faculty evaluation criteria is the responsibility of the faculty.

 

The individual must demonstrate evidence of character and ability to work well within and complement the School or department.

 

 


1.3

Assistant Professor


Position Requirements

 

The rank of assistant professor requires that a person shall hold an earned doctorate or other recognized terminal degree from an accredited college or university in a major appropriate to the teaching field.  Exceptions may be granted according to the norms applicable to specific disciplines.  If the degree is outside a faculty member’s discipline, the school dean, and University President shall determine whether the degree is appropriate to the teaching field, a determination that is normally made at the time of appointment.  

 

Position Appointment

 

Faculty employed in a continuing full-time capacity at the University may be appointed to this rank and shall have training or experience which is of special value to the University or meet a special teaching need of the institution.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities

 

The individual must demonstrate ability in pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service.

 

Pedagogy:  The individuals teaching should reflect current sound practice and scholarship in the given discipline.  Assessment should be a central part of teaching to ensure continued progression toward academic excellence. Teaching should be reflective to strengthen the learning of the students. Participation in student advising is expected.

 

Scholarly Activities: Research or Creative activities within ones discipline are strongly encouraged and expected. Individuals should maintain engagement with their academic area through participation in professional development opportunities, professional organizations,    and other activities that present opportunities for expansion of one’s expertise and knowledge base.  

 

Community Service:  Engagement with students outside the classroom through focused activities, student organizations or clubs is strongly encouraged.  Faculty are expected to serve on university committees as a positive force for academic excellence.  Service to the university and the public as a representative of the university is strongly encouraged.

 

Cultivation of professionalism in the areas of pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service that are consistent with the faculty evaluation criteria is the responsibility of the faculty.

 

The individual must demonstrate evidence of character and ability to work well within and complement the School or department.

 


1.4

Associate Professor


Position Requirements

 

The rank of associate professor requires that a person shall hold an earned doctorate or other recognized terminal degree from an accredited college or university in a major appropriate to the teaching field and a recommended minimum of six years of full time college teaching experience.  Exceptions may be granted according to the norms applicable to specific disciplines.  If the degree is outside a faculty member’s discipline, the School Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs shall determine whether the degree is appropriate to the teaching field, a determination that is normally made at the time of appointment.  

 

Position Appointment

 

Faculty employed in a continuing full-time capacity at the University may be appointed to this rank and shall have training or experience which is of special value to the University or meet a special teaching need of the institution.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities

 

The individual must demonstrate ability in pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service.

 

Pedagogy:  The individual must have documented evidence of quality professional performance in instruction. The individual’s teaching should reflect current sound practice and scholarship in the given discipline.  Assessment should be a central part of teaching to ensure continued progression toward academic excellence. Teaching should be reflective to strengthen the learning of the students. Participation in student advising is expected.

 

Scholarly Activities: Research or creative activities within discipline are strongly encouraged and expected.  Evidence of sustained engagement within one’s academic area and evidence of initial contributions beyond graduate study in the area of expertise should be apparent. Individuals should maintain engagement with their academic area through participation in professional development opportunities, professional organizations, and other activities that present opportunities for expansion of one’s expertise and knowledge base

 

Community Service:  Continued engagement with students outside the classroom through focused activities, student organizations or clubs is expected.  Faculty are expected to serve on university committees as a positive force for academic excellence.  Service to the university and the public as a representative of the university should be on going.

 

Cultivation of professionalism in the areas of pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service that are consistent with the faculty evaluation criteria is the responsibility of the faculty.

 

The individual must demonstrate evidence of character and ability to work well within and complement the department.  Faculty must also show evidence of a commitment to programs of study and students of the department, the School, and the University.

 


1.5

Professor


Position Requirements

 

The rank of professor requires that a person shall hold an earned doctorate or other recognized terminal degree from an accredited college or university in a major appropriate to the teaching field and a recommended minimum of ten years of full time college teaching experience.  Exceptions may be granted according to the norms applicable to specific disciplines. If the degree is outside a faculty member’s discipline, the School Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs shall determine whether the degree is appropriate to the teaching field, a determination that is normally made at the time of appointment.  

 

Position Appointment

 

Faculty employed in a continuing full-time capacity at the University may be appointed to this rank and shall have training or experience which is of special value to the University or meet a special teaching need of the institution.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities

 

The individual must demonstrate ability in pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service.

 

Pedagogy:  The individual must have documented evidence of quality professional performance and expertise in instruction. The individual’s teaching should reflect current sound practice and scholarship in the given discipline.  Assessment should be a central part of teaching to ensure continued progression toward academic excellence. Teaching should be reflective to strengthen the learning of the students. Participation in student advising is expected.

 

Scholarly Activities: Research or creative activities within ones discipline are strongly encouraged and expected. Evidence of sustained engagement and expertise within one’s academic area and evidence of initial contributions beyond graduate study in the area of expertise should be apparent. Individuals should maintain engagement with their academic area through participation in professional development opportunities, professional organizations, and other activities that present opportunities for expansion of one’s expertise and knowledge base.  

 

Community Service:  Continued engagement with students outside the classroom through focused activities, student organizations or clubs is expected.  Faculty are expected to serve on university committees as a positive force for academic

excellence.  Service to the university and the public as a representative of the university should be ongoing.

 

Cultivation of professionalism in the areas of pedagogy, scholarly activity, and community service that are consistent with the faculty evaluation criteria is the responsibility of the faculty.

 

The individual must demonstrate evidence of character and ability to work well within and complement the department.  Faculty must also show evidence of a commitment to programs of study and students of the department, the School, and the University.

 

 


1.6

Emeritus Professor


An outstanding teacher, who may be employed on a temporary basis, usually having less than a teaching load, may carry the title of Visiting Assistant, Associate, or Professor. Selection of such faculty may differ from that followed for regular faculty appointments. Appointment to this status is by the Board of Trust upon the recommendation of the University President after consultation with the School Deans and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

 


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
VP for Academic Affairs

Director of Human Resources

VP for Academic Affairs

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