4.5 Minimum Qualifications for Teaching Faculty Titles

An individual must possess at least the minimum specified academic degree in order to be considered for any of the instructional faculty positions listed below.  However, upon the recommendation of the Department Head, and with the approval of the Dean, and the Office of the Provost, modifications to the professional experience and/or accomplishments and/or a different academic degree may be approved as substitutions to the minimum academic degree specified for each title.


4.5.1 Teaching Assistant Professor

  1. Either a terminal degree (e.g., a doctoral degree) or a Master’s degree along with professional or academic experience and accomplishments; and
  2. Demonstrated potential for successful teaching

4.5.2 Teaching Associate Professor

  1. Either a terminal degree (e.g., a doctoral degree) or a Master’s degree along with professional or academic experience and accomplishments; and
  2. Documented success in teaching as instructor of record and relevant service.

4.5.3 Teaching Professor

  1. Either a terminal degree (e.g., a doctoral degree) or a Master’s degree along with professional or academic experience and accomplishments; and
  2. Record of excellence in teaching; and
  3. Demonstrated excellence in pedagogy, which may be evidenced by course innovation, publications, or success in attracting pedagogical research support

4.5.4 Professor of Practice

Either a terminal degree (e.g., a doctoral degree) or equivalent professional experience; and
Substantial professional experience with a national or international reputation demonstrating achievement as a distinguished practitioner of the discipline.

4.5.5 Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty must possess the qualifications for the position to which he or she is appointed. If appropriate to the position, preference will be given to advanced degrees and proven teaching ability.