Designation of Rank

After considering input from the search committee and Dean, the Provost recommends to the President the rank of new full-time faculty. The ranks to which new full-time faculty may be appointed and the guidelines for determining those ranks are as follows:

Instructor – Entry level designation used for faculty without appropriate educational credentials and minimal college teaching or professional practice experience.

Assistant Professor – Entry level designation for faculty with appropriate educational credentials.

Associate Professor – Designation for faculty with appropriate educational credentials and at least eight years of distinguished teaching or professional practice.

Professor – The rank granted to those faculty with appropriate educational credentials, who have achieved a career of high distinction in teaching or professional practice of fifteen or more years.


Once the President has authorized a search, the Department Chair develops a job description in consultation with the appropriate Dean. The Provost approves the job description. The Provost, in consultation with the relevant Dean and department Chair and the Director of Human Resources, appoints a search committee. In addition to the appropriate Dean, members of the search committee include, at a minimum, the following:

  • Department Chair
  • Full-time department faculty member
  • Student department representative (non-voting)

The search committee is responsible for the following:

  • Reviewing the job description for the position
  • Identifying effective vehicles for advertising the position
  • Identifying potential candidates
  • Evaluating applications
  • Agreeing upon a set of specific interview questions to be asked of each candidate.
  • Conducting pre-interviews using telecommunications means to select finalists
  • Interviewing finalist candidates on campus
  • Attending a lesson or lecture delivered by the candidates before a group of faculty and students
  • Recommending to the Provost one or more candidates for the position

The Provost may accept or reject the search committee’s recommendation. When an acceptable candidate is identified, the Provost recommends the appointment of the candidate, the length of the appointment, and the candidate’s rank and compensation to the President. The President may interview the candidate. When the President approves the candidate’s selection, the Provost or appropriate Dean, as determined by the Provost, discusses with the candidate the terms of employment. When all terms are agreed upon, the President sends the letter of appointment.


General Principles

New full-time faculty are appointed to fill either an existing vacancy or a newly created position. The distribution of full-time faculty positions among the departments is determined through the College’s planning and budgeting processes. The distribution is based on enrollments and curricular needs and may change over time.

All searches for full-time faculty are authorized by the President.

Full-time faculty positions are filled through national searches. Candidates should exhibit distinguished records of achievement as teachers, scholars, and practitioners in their respective fields. Candidates should have the potential to contribute at the highest level of quality as teachers, mentors, colleagues, and active professionals. Except in unusual circumstances, candidates are expected to possess the appropriate terminal degree in their fields and provide official transcripts from their alma maters. Faculty who falsify academic records or misrepresent their qualifications or experience will be immediately dismissed.