1.5.5 Non-Tenure-Track Academic Rank Definitions

ADJUNCT (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor):  An appointment at this rank is offered to persons not regularly or primarily employed within the academic unit to which the appointment is made. Such individuals--because of training, experience, credentials, and interest--are invited to participate in the teaching, research, and/or instructional programs of academic departments. Ordinarily no remuneration is associated with adjunct appointments, but on the approval of the President, remuneration may be provided for teaching and/or research activities. Appointments shall be for no more than three years with the possibility of subsequent appointments.

INSTRUCTOR:  An appointment requiring a master's degree, or a bachelor's degree and professional qualifications. Instructors may be expected to deliver existing courses, hold office hours, other duties associated with instruction, and limited service. Instructor appointments are considered temporary, one-semester, or semester-by-semester appointments, for full-time or part-time work with contracts of no more than one year.  (See  Appendix L)

LECTURER:  An appointment requiring a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications. Lecturers may be expected to deliver existing courses, develop new teaching materials and course segments, develop new courses which keep pace with changes in the discipline, supervise personnel including other faculty, represent the department/school in its relationships within the University, advise undergraduate students, conduct research, and serve on committees. Lecturer appointments are a two-year, renewable (rolling) appointments. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration.  (See  Appendix L)

SENIOR LECTURER:   An appointment requiring a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications. In addition to the expectations for lecturers, a senior lecturer is expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership in education and develop new courses, teaching methods and procedures that have substantial impact with the department/school and across the University. Senior Lecturer appointments are a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See  Appendix L)

PRINCIPAL LECTURER:  An appointment requiring a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications. In addition to the expectations for lecturers and senior lecturers, a principal lecturer is expected to demonstrate exceptional achievements in teaching and education, either by fundamental contributions to University's mission or by broad national or international impact. Principal Lecturer appointments are a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See  Appendix L)

PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE:  An appointment requiring a bachelor's degree with significant professional experience. A professor of practice may be expected to deliver existing courses, develop new teaching materials and course segments, develop new courses which keep pace with changes in the discipline, supervise personnel including other faculty, represent the department/school in its relationships within the University, advise undergraduate students, conduct research, serve on committees, and be active in professional societies. Professor of Practice appointments are a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. (See Appendix L)

RESEARCH (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor):  An appointment offered to persons with qualifications commensurate with the research qualifications and the level of accomplishment of a regular tenure-track faculty of the same rank. The appointment entails full responsibility for research activities (including serving as principal investigator on grants and contracts) and limited responsibility for advising (direct graduate theses and dissertations and serve on graduate committees), and service activities. Appointments are initially for up to one year and are renewable depending upon funding for one-year periods.

VISITING (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor):   A guest appointment normally offered to a faculty member from another institution and appointed at the rank of that institution. Responsibilities will normally be similar to those of tenure-track faculty in the department to which the appointment is made. Visiting appointments shall normally be for one year or less.

VISITING Professor of Practice:   A guest appointment offered to a candidate with the requisite professional experience for a position as professors of practice who wants to make only a one-year (or less) commitment. Visiting appointments shall normally be for one year or less.

Senate Policy 701.2
Senate Policy 701.3
Senate Policy 701.4


Revised: 
04/22/2015 -  Annual Review: To be consistent with senate policy 701.3, under the RESEARCH (Assistant Professor /Associate Professor/Professor) paragraph, deleted the last sentences that read: "Those individuals assigned teaching responsibilities must obtain an approved academic faculty appointment." "Senate Policy 701.2 - Senate Policy 701.4" now reads "Senate Policy 701.2 - Senate Policy 701.3 - Senate Policy 701.4"
01/22/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. Under Research (Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor): The sentence "These appointments entail full responsibility for research activities and limited responsibility for teaching, advising, and service activities" now reads "The appointment entails full responsibility for research activities (including serving as principal investigator on grants and contracts) and limited responsibility for advising (direct graduate theses and dissertations and serve on graduate committees), and service activities." Added the last sentence which reads "Those individuals assigned teaching responsibilities must obtain an approved academic faculty appointment." Added "VISITING Professor of Practice: A guest appointment offered to a candidate with the requisite professional experience for a position as professors of practice who wants to make only a one-year (or less) commitment. Visiting appointments shall normally be for one year or less."
02/06/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners, no changes made to content.
03/12/2013 - Annual Review: Added the definition of Research Assistant Professor/Associate Profess/Professor, and "Senate Proposal 4-95" now reads "Senate Policy 701.2" and "Senate Proposal 04-07" now reads "Senate Policy 701.4"
07/13/2011 - Annual Review: Ro reflect current University practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
03/03/2011 - Revised to reflect Proposal 04-07.