See also Research Professor and Research Associate Professor titles

Dean's Office contact:  Ivy Mason

Qualifications of appointment.Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor requires a record of substantial success in both teaching and research, except that in exceptional cases an outstanding record in one of these activities may be considered sufficient. Appointment to the rank of Professor requires outstanding, mature scholarship as evidenced by accomplishments in teaching, and in research as evaluated in terms of national recognition.

Length of term.Professors, Professors WOT, Associate Professors, Associate Professors WOT, and emeritus faculty are the only members of the faculty who hold continuing appointments with no term limits. (The only exception is a "Tenure Track" appointment, see below.)

Part-time appointments.Faculty may be appointed to professorial or research professorial ranks on less than full-time basis. The percentage of appointment must be clearly documented at the time of hire. The percent of appointment may affect voting rights; see Voting procedures.

Without Tenure (WOT) appointments. There are two kinds of appointment to the professorial ranks that are "without tenure" (WOT). The more common is for persons in non-state-funded positions; it is referred to as "without tenure by reason of funding." This title is usually held by persons who concentrate on research activities but also do some amount of instruction. An Assistant Professor WOT appointment (job code 0113) is normally made for a period of three years and thereafter follows the reappointment and promotion procedures described for regular Assistant Professors. At the Associate Professor and full Professor levels (job codes 0112 and 0111), the appointment is a continuing one with no term limits. It is not a tenure-track appointment, and if at a later time the person is moved into a state-funded position, a recommendation for approval of tenure must be made by the department and reviewed by the College Council.

The other "without tenure" appointment is used only for an Associate Professor or full Professor.  The title is intended to lead to the granting of tenure, and it is used for a person whose record at the time of initial appointment lacks some of the evidence required for tenure (for example, a distinguished scholar without teaching experience). The appointment terms and mandatory reviews were recently updated, and new job titles and job class codes were assigned:  Associate Professor Tenure Track, code 0109, and Professor Tenure Track, code 0108. The first appointment term is for three years; during the second year the appointment is considered for renewal for a second, consecutive three-year term (renewal voted on by all eligible tenured Associate Professors and full Professors in the department).  A mandatory tenure review must be made in the second year of the second three-year term; the tenure recommendation (voted on by all eligible Associate Professors and full Professors) must be for approval or denial, as no postponement is allowed.  If the decision is for denial of tenure, the sixth year will be the terminal year of the appointment.  Note that the old titles and job class codes for this type of appointment--Associate Professor WOT 3-year, code 0119, and Professor WOT 3-year, code 0118--are now inactive.

New appointment procedures

New appointment documentation

Check the requirements for “College Council review of a new appointment.”

Emeritus appointment

Summer appointment

Joint appointment

Promotion to full Professor.Promotion to the full Professor level is not a function of time in rank nor length of service. Every faculty member below the rank of Professor must be considered each year for possible promotion. See Review committees for promotion/tenure for suggestions in handling these considerations.

For general information, see Promotion and tenure. For specific departmental actions in making a promotion recommendation, see Departmental actions for promotion and tenure.

Promotion documentation.Promotion recommendations are due in the Dean's Office in mid-December. See Promotion documentation.