Subject: Definition of Academic Titles
Approval Date: 07/01/85
Revision Date: 05/12/95
To describe the academic titles and the qualifications necessary for appointments or promotion to them.
In assessing candidates' credentials for personnel actions, the University will accept only those degrees earned at institutions in the United States that have been accredited by regional higher education accrediting associations and professional accrediting associations in disciplines in which such accrediting takes place or foreign degrees that have been earned at institutions recognized by their respective governments. These earned degrees are the only ones that the University will acknowledge for appointment, determination of rank, or subsequent personnel decisions. Further, misrepresentation of such information by an individual can be cause for termination of employment.
The terminal degree will be considered an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in the individual's teaching field as recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Exceptions will be those non-doctoral degrees considered to be terminal degrees by discipline-specific accrediting bodies recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA).
REGARDING THE CRITERIA FOR RANKS:
The minimal criteria set forth for these ranks should not be interpreted as an exclusive set of conditions to be met or so rigidly applied as to prevent the appointment or promotion when an individual submits an approved record of outstanding professional experiences and demonstrated contributions to the teaching field in lieu of formal academic preparation. These criteria may be supplemented by departmental and/or college requirements agreed upon by the faculty of the department and colleges. Deans and/or Department Chairs must inform faculty members and the University Faculty Promotion Committee of all supplemental requirements for promotion.
GENERAL ACADEMIC RANKS:
These following ranks are recognized by the University.
1. Lecturer. This title is used for appointments of nonregular faculty members who teach on a temporary or casual basis or if on a continuing basis for less than full-time. The minimum qualifications is the master's degree with 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching field or an approved record of outstanding professional experience and demonstrated contributions to the teaching field.
Individuals whose entire teaching assignment is composed of remedial courses can also qualify for the title with the baccalaureate degree in the teaching field as well as experience appropriate to this teaching assignment or graduate training in remedial education.
2. Instructor. This title is for an individual whose primary responsibility is teaching. The minimum qualification for this fixed-term, non-tenurable faculty rank is a master's degree with at least 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching field.
Other individuals whose entire teaching assignment is composed of remedial courses can also qualify for this fixed-term non-tenurable rank with the baccalaureate degree in the teaching field as well as with experience appropriate to this teaching assignment or graduate training in remedial education.
3. Assistant Professor. The terminal degree in the teaching field is expected for this rank.
4. Associate Professor. The Associate Professor shall possess the terminal degree in the teaching field, and if the rank is granted upon appointment, there must be evidence of scholarly, artistic, or professional achievements. Otherwise, a faculty member must have been an Assistant Professor for a minimum of four years, three of which must have been at Morehead State University and meet the criteria required in PAc-2. Consistent with PAc-2, this rank will be awarded to assistant professors who successfully complete their probationary periods and achieve tenure.
5. Professor. The terminal degree in the teaching field is required, and if the rank is granted upon appointment, there must be evidence of scholarly, artistic, or professional achievements. This rank should be reserved for persons of proven stature in their fields. When considered for promotion to this rank, in addition to meeting the above requirements, a faculty member must have been an Associate Professor for a minimum of five years, two of which must have been at Morehead State University, and must show evidence of outstanding teaching, professional achievement, and service to the University during that period, and meet the criteria required in PAc-2.
CLINICAL FACULTY APPOINTMENTS:
A Clinical Faculty Appointment is used for current or former staff employees of external clinical affiliates associated with such programs of study at the University.
Visiting appointment titles (see Types of Appointments PG-3) are used to designate individuals from other institutions or employees who are employed either full-time or part-time for a limited period of time (usually no more than a year). The titles used for these visiting appointments will be determined by the academic unit and approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affiars.