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Instructional and Professional Staff Titles and Appointment Guidelines

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Faculty

Faculty Titles and Minimum Requirements for Appointment

Instructor

For an appointment as an Instructor, a candidate must have made substantial progress toward the completion of all requirements for the terminal degree in his or her field of academic specialization, or possess equivalent professional experience that is appropriate to the position to be filled. The candidate must also give promise of academic or professional development and achievement.

Part-Time Lecturer (PTL)

For an appointment as a Part-Time Lecturer, a candidate must be approved by the chairperson of the department offering the course. Part-Time Lecturers who have taught 48 or more units (60 or more units for CVPA studio-only faculty) over the time period encompassing eight (8) of the last nine (9) semesters (Fall and Spring) are eligible for benefits. Part-time Lecturers are re-hired on the basis of seniority (greatest total number of semesters) providing they meet the needs of the department.

Full-Time Lecturer (FTL)

For an appointment as a Full-Time Lecturer, a candidate is generally expected to have the qualifications of an Assistant Professor: a terminal degree and promise of professional development, particularly in the area of teaching. A Full-Time Lecturer who has an appointment for four (4) semesters or more, and meets the minimum qualifications for the next tenure track position available in the department, shall be guaranteed an interview by the search committee established to recommend finalists for that position.

Assistant Professor

For an appointment as an Assistant Professor, a candidate must possess the appropriate terminal degree, or equivalent professional experience. If the candidate has held another faculty appointment at another college or university, he or she must also have record of achievement in the field of academic specialization. In addition, the candidate must also show promise of continuing professional development and achievement.

Associate Professor

For an appointment as an Associate Professor, a candidate must possess the appropriate terminal degree, or equivalent professional experience, and must have had considerable academic or professional experience beyond the level which would warrant an appointment as Assistant Professor; must have a record of achievement sufficient to have gained substantial recognition on and off campus from scholars or professionals in his or her field; and must show promise of continuing professional development and achievement.

Professor

For an appointment as a Professor, a candidate must possess the appropriate terminal degree, or equivalent professional experience; and must have a record of achievement sufficient to have gained substantial recognition on and off campus from scholars and professionals in his or her field; and must show significant potential for continuing professional development and achievement.

Chancellor Professor

For an appointment as a Chancellor Professor, a candidate must have held the rank of Professor or its equivalent for a minimum of ten years and must have gained extraordinary recognition on and off campus from scholars and professionals in his or her field.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

In making appointments to the ranks of Professor or Associate Professor, an applicant's record of publication of books authored, articles published in scholarly journals, or professional artistic achievements which contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the applicant's field shall be a major consideration in determining eligibility. Success in the art and practice of teaching shall be assumed as a basic requirement for initial and continuing employment in all academic positions.

Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Status is available only to those faculty who have permanently retired from the University. Normally, it shall be granted only to those with ten or more years of service to the University and who have attained the rank of full professor. Emeritus status shall be awarded by the Campus Chancellor only upon recommendation by the Provost.

Honorific Appointments

Honorific Appointments   (PDF)


Non-Teaching Staff

Librarians and Library Assistants

The terminal degree for a Librarian is the Master of Library Science Degree, or its equivalent, from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.

Qualifications for Library Assistant are a Bachelor's degree and significant library experience with relevant course work in Library Science desirable. Library Assistants who aspire to academic rank and the benefits thereof are encouraged to pursue a program of studies leading to the terminal degree for librarians.

Visiting Librarians who meet the qualifications for a Librarian may be hired full-time or part-time and given renewable contracts for periods of one year or less.

Librarian Emeritus

Emeritus Status is available only to those librarians who have permanently retired from the University. Normally, it shall be granted only to those with ten or more years of service to the University and who have attained the rank of full librarian. Emeritus status shall be awarded by the Campus Chancellor only upon recommendation by the Provost.

Research Associate

A Research Associate is defined as any non-faculty employee of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth whose primary responsibilities are to: (a) supervise research activities or (b) to conduct research activities through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Research Associates are eligible to supervise theses and dissertations with the approval of the student's major department.

Technical Associate

A Technical Associate is defined as any non-technician employee of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth whose primary responsibility is to provide technical support to employees engaged in the supervision or conduct of research activities through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Professional Technicians

There are the following ranks for Professional technicians:

Professional Technician IV
Professional Technician III
Professional Technician II
Professional Technician I (Highest)

1. Terminal qualifications for Professional Technicians hired before July 1, 1986 shall be a Technical School Diploma, or Certified Technical Training (industrial or military) or their equivalent, or necessary experience in the individual's area(s) of competency.

2. Terminal qualifications for Professional Technicians hired between July 1, 1986, and June 30, 1993 shall be as follows:

1. Terminal qualifications for a Professional Technician IV shall be a Technical School Diploma, or Certified Technical Training (industrial or military) or their equivalent, or necessary experience in the individual's area(s) of competency.

2. Terminal qualifications for a Professional Technician III shall be an Associate degree or its equivalent.

3. Terminal qualifications for a Professional Technician II shall be a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

4. Terminal Qualifications for a Professional Technician I shall be a Master's degree or its equivalent.

3. Terminal qualifications for Professional Technicians hired after July 1, 1993, shall be as follows:

1. Terminal qualifications for a Professional Technician IV shall be an Associate degree or its equivalent.

2. Terminal qualifications for a Professional Technician III shall be a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

3. Terminal Qualifications for a Professional Technician II and Professional Technician I shall be a Master's degree or its equivalent.

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