Fixed-Term Faculty Titles

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Titles for Teaching Fixed-Term Faculty

  • Teaching Instructor  
    • holds, at a minimum, a master’s degree appropriate to the area of instruction, or has equivalent professional qualifications  
    • has demonstrated potential for effective teaching and/or other instructional responsibilities
  • Senior Teaching Instructor  
    • has qualifications of Teaching Instructor
    • has demonstrated excellence in teaching and/or other instructional responsibilities
    • engages in professional development activities
  • Teaching Assistant Professor  
    • has qualifications of Senior Teaching Instructor  
    • holds the appropriate terminal degree, or alternate professional qualifications, as evaluated by their academic unit
  • Teaching Associate Professor  
    • has qualifications of Teaching Assistant Professor  
    • has demonstrated superior teaching ability and/or other instructional responsibilities  
  • Teaching Professor  
    • has qualifications of Teaching Associate Professor
    • has established an excellent professional reputation among colleagues
    • is qualified and competent in mentoring others (such as graduate students, teaching instructors, etc.) 

    Titles for Research Fixed-Term Faculty

    • Research Instructor  
      • holds a minimum of a master’s degree appropriate for the specific position or has alternate professional qualifications.  
      • has demonstrated potential for effective research 
      • should be capable of carrying out individual research or should be trained in research procedures  
      • should have the experience and specialized training necessary to develop and interpret data required for success in such research projects as may be undertaken  
    • Research Assistant Professor
      • has qualifications of Research Instructor  
      • holds the appropriate terminal degree, or alternate professional qualifications, as evaluated by their academic unit  
      • has demonstrated effectiveness in research  
      • is qualified and competent to direct the work of others (such as. technicians, graduate students, etc.)  
    • Research Associate Professor  
      • has qualifications of Research Assistant Professor  
      • has extensive successful experience in scholarly or creative endeavors  
      • has the ability to propose, develop, and manage major research projects 
    • Research Professor  
      • has qualifications Research Associate Professor
      • has established an excellent reputation among colleagues
      • has demonstrated scholarly production in research, publications, professional achievements, or other distinguished and creative activity 

      Titles for Clinical Fixed-Term Faculty

      • Clinical Instructor  
        • holds, at a minimum, a graduate degree appropriate for the specific position or has equivalent professional experience
        • has demonstrated potential in clinical practice and teaching in the field
      • Clinical Assistant Professor  
        • has qualifications of Clinical Instructor
        • holds the appropriate professional degree, as evaluated by their academic unit
        • has training and experience in an area of specialization
        • has demonstrated expertise in clinical practice and teaching and other instructional responsibilities in the discipline
      • Clinical Associate Professor
        • has qualifications of Clinical Assistant Professor  
        • has extensive successful experience in clinical or professional practice in an area of specialization, or in a subdivision of the specialty area, and in working with and/or directing others in clinical activities in the field
      • Clinical Professor  
        • has qualifications of Clinical Associate Professor
        • has established an outstanding reputation of excellence in clinical practice and teaching and/or other instructional responsibilities 

        Fixed-Term Titles for Library Faculty

        • Library Assistant Professor  
          • holds the appropriate terminal degree, or alternate professional qualifications, as evaluated by their academic unit
          • has demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, the following: effective teaching and/or other professional responsibilities; continued professional growth; service to the Library; service to the University, and/or to the profession; a record of contributions to scholarship/creative activity, if applicable
        • Library Associate Professor
          • has qualifications of Library Assistant Professor  
          • has demonstrated: substantive accomplishments in professional performance
          • collegiality and professional integrity; substantial and continued professional growth; sustained institutional; and professional service
          • has a record of regular contributions to scholarship/creative activity  
        • Library Professor
          • has qualifications of Library Associate Professor  
          • has demonstrated: sustained and substantive accomplishments in professional performance; collegiality and professional integrity  
          • has demonstrated: superior knowledge and mastery of assigned area of specialization; and exemplary institutional and professional service 
          • has attained national or international recognition as an authority and leader in the assigned area of specialization
          • has a sustained and substantive record of scholarship/creative activity 

          Additional Faculty Appointments

          • Adjunct Instructor; Adjunct Assistant Professor; Adjunct Associate Professor; Adjunct Professor:  
            • These titles are used to appoint outstanding persons who have a primary employment responsibility outside the university or in a different department in the university and who bring some specific professional expertise to the academic program. These positions are typically unfunded.  
          • Affiliate Instructor; Affiliate Assistant Professor; Affiliate Associate Professor; Affiliate Professor:  
            • These titles are used in the School of Medicine to appoint outstanding persons who have a primary employment responsibility outside the university and who bring some specific professional expertise to the academic program. These positions are typically unfunded.
          • Artist-in-Residence; Writer-in-Residence:  
            • These titles are used to designate temporary appointments, at any salary and experience level, of persons who are serving for a limited time or part-time and who are not intended to be considered for professorial appointment.
          • Visiting Instructor; Visiting Assistant Professor; Visiting Associate Professor; Visiting Professor.
            • The prefix “visiting” before an academic title is used to designate a short- term full-time or part-time appointment without tenure. Therefore, the visiting title shall not be used for periods of time beyond the initial contract period. It shall be used only for those fixed-term faculty members who are visitors, temporary replacements, or for whose disciplines the institution in good faith expects to have only a short-term need. Use of the visiting title for an individual for more than 3 years is a misuse of this title.

           View in Part VIII Section I 3a “Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Faculty of East Carolina University”