157.8 Faculty Rank
|Created by: Dana Trebing on 06/19/2003|
|Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 50 - Faculty Status|
|Originator: Acad. Adm. & Faculty Status Committee|
|Current File: 157.8|
|Adoption Date: 04/23/2012|
|Reviewed for Currency: 11/28/2017|
|Replaces File: 157.8|
|Date of Origin: 11/12/1975|
|In Archive? 0|
157.8 Faculty Rank
Furman organizes its faculty on the basis of academic rank. Full-time faculty members are designated as either Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. Other titles may be assigned when appropriate.
The academic rank of an individual faculty member shall be determined according to academic preparation, professional competence and stature, and quality and duration of service. All faculty are expected to teach effectively, and engage in both professional activity and institutional service, with teaching effectiveness being most important (Policy 152.2). Faculty are also expected to demonstrate devotion to duty, professional ethics, university citizenship, and, as appropriate, community service.
1. The different academic ranks may be broadly characterized as follows:
- Instructor: Faculty members who do not hold the appropriate terminal degree usually hold the rank of Instructor.
- Assistant Professor: The University usually grants the rank of Assistant Professor to faculty members who have earned the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree but have limited teaching experience in an accredited senior college or university (normally fewer than six years).
- Associate Professor: The University usually grants the rank of Associate Professor to faculty members whose achievements in teaching, scholarship, and university service meet Furman's high expectations, and who show promise of continuing to make significant contributions to the mission of the University. Associate Professors will usually who hold the doctorate other appropriate terminal degree and have significant full-time teaching experience at the rank of Assistant Professor in an accredited senior college or university (normally six or more years).
- Professor: The University usually grants the rank of Professor to faculty members who, while at the rank of Associate Professor, have (1) shown continued growth as teachers; (2) continued to be active in scholarship and university service, while demonstrating sustained and creative contributions to scholarship or, in exceptional cases, university service; and (3) shown promise of career-long distinction. Professors will usually who hold the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree and have extensive teaching experience at the rank of Associate Professor in an accredited senior college or university (normally seven or more years).
- With regard to library faculty ranks, see Policy 155.5, Corresponding Rank of Library Faculty.
2. Ordinarily the terminal degree is the doctorate. The designation of another degree as an appropriate terminal degree will be made by the relevant academic department in consultation with the Dean of Faculty and will be clearly recorded in the original contract.
3. The rank of a new faculty member will be determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty in consultation with the appropriate academic department. Rank at appointment shall be clearly stated in the original contract.