1.5.1 Tenured/Tenure-Track Academic Rank Definitions

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: An appointment requiring an earned doctoral or terminal degree or equivalent and the potential for excellence in teaching and research.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: An appointment requiring an earned doctoral or terminal degree or equivalent and demonstrated quality teaching, recognition for scholarly activities, and service to the university community.

PROFESSOR: An appointment requiring an earned doctoral or terminal degree or equivalent and demonstrated sustained quality teaching, wide recognition for scholarly activities, and substantial service to university and appropriate outside communities.

All tenure-track appointments entail full responsibility for teaching, performing research, advising students, and performing professional and university service.

Senate Policy 701.1

AFFILIATED FACULTY APPOINTMENTS: (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor): Affiliated faculty appointments are used to acknowledge and support the scholarly contributions that faculty may make in more than one discipline.

All faculty members holding affiliated appointments must have a primary appointment within an academic department or school. The primary department or school will be responsible for annual reviews for the faculty member’s reappointment, tenure, promotion, and salary consideration. The primary department/school is encouraged to seek and consider written input from the chair of the department(s) and/or dean of the school(s) hosting the faculty member’s affiliated appointments.

Affiliated faculty appointments are at the same rank (i.e., professor, associate professor, or assistant professor) as a faculty member’s primary appointment.

Affiliated faculty will not be granted tenure and/or promoted within a unit in which they hold an affiliated appointment.

Affiliated faculty appointments are possible with non-departmental and interdisciplinary programs as well as with departments or departmental programs.

All requests for affiliated appointments must be approved by the provost and president. Requests for affiliated appointments also need approval from the:

  • faculty member’s primary academic department chair or school dean,
  • dean of their primary college (if in a college),
  • approval from the affiliated-appointment discipline’s department or school (for disciplinary appointments) or the appropriate executive group or director and graduate dean (for interdisciplinary appointments)
  • dean of the faculty member’s affiliated-appointment college (if the affiliated-appointment discipline is housed in a college.

Senate Proposal 36-15


Revised:
01/17/2017 - To reflect current practice. Senate Proposal 36-15 additions made concerning the definition of "Affiliated Faculty Appointments". Affiliated Faculty Appointments section added.
12/08/2016 - Annual Review: No changes made to content.
03/30/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. No changes made to content.
02/06/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners, no changes made to content.
03/12/2013 - Annual Review: "(Senate Proposal 4-95)" is now "(Senate Policy 701.1)"
07/13/2011 - Annual Review: To reflect current University titles and practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
02/27/2007 - Format changes made.

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