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Office of the Provost

Instructional and Professional Staff Titles and Appointment Guidelines

Teaching Faculty

Faculty Titles

Instructors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors

It shall be the responsibility of instructors, assistant professors, associate professors and professors to perform teaching, research, and guidance duties. They shall also, among other things, be responsible for committee and departmental assignments. They shall perform those administrative, supervisory, and other functions as may be assigned by the appropriate college or university authorities. Associate professors and professors, as the senior faculty shall have special responsibilities for maintaining the academic vitality of their departments. One of the principal means of exercising this responsibility is the continuation of peer evaluations of teaching members of the instructional staff, with special attention to their diligence in teaching and professional growth. Another chief responsibility of the senior faculty is to orient their junior and newly appointed colleagues. Senior faculty shall be available for such consultation and assistance in problems of both scholarship and teachings as the junior faculty may require.

Instructor

For appointment as an instructor, the candidate must have demonstrated satisfactory qualities of personality and character, ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement and willingness to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. He/she must also have an appropriate master's degree from an accredited institution, or active progress toward a doctorate. Instructor is a non-tenure track title.

Assistant Professor

For appointment as or promotion (for instructors appointed prior to October 1, 1968) to assistant professor, the candidate must have demonstrated satisfactory qualities of personality and character, evidence of significant success as a teacher, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement and willingness to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. He/she must also have obtained the Ph.D. degree, or an equivalent degree, in an accredited university except that persons holding positions on December 31, 1975 as assistant professors or instructors in the community colleges shall have a master's degree and four years of appropriate teaching, technological, or industrial experience or the Ph.D. degree. In the libraries, for promotion to or appointment as assistant professor, the candidate must, in addition to the requirements of instructor, have completed a doctorate or an additional master's degree and in exceptional cases some other logical combination of two years' graduate study or more beyond the bachelor's degree.

Associate Professor

For promotion or appointment to the rank of associate professor, the candidate must possess the qualifications for an assistant professor, must have obtained the Ph.D. or an equivalent degree from an accredited university, and in addition he/she must possess a record of significant achievement in his/her field or profession, or as a college or university administrator. There shall be evidence that his/her alertness and intellectual energy are respected outside his/her own immediate academic community. There shall be evidence of his/her continued growth and of continued effectiveness in teaching. Longevity and seniority alone shall not be sufficient for promotion.

In the libraries, for promotion to or appointment as associate professor, the candidate must, in addition to the requirements set forth for assistant professors in the libraries, possess a record of significant achievement in his/her profession. There shall be evidence that his/her competence and achievements are recognized and respected outside his/her won immediate community.

Professor

For promotion or appointment to the rank of professor, the candidate must possess the qualifications for an associate professor, and in addition a record of exceptional intellectual, educational, or artistic achievement and an established reputation for excellence in teaching and scholarship in his/her discipline. There shall be evidence of his/her continued growth and the judgment on promotion shall consider primarily evidence of achievement in teaching and scholarship following the most recent promotion. Longevity and seniority alone shall not be sufficient for promotion.

Distinguished Professors

Persons appointed as distinguished professors shall engage in teaching and research duties. They shall not serve as administrators.

Qualifications: For appointment to the position of distinguished professor a person shall have all of the qualifications necessary for appointment as a professor. He/she shall be either a professor in the university or a recognized distinguished scholar in the academic world. In addition he/she must be a person of outstanding merit and accomplishment in his/her field.

Lecturers and Distinguished Lecturers

Lecturers shall perform teaching and related faculty functions on a full-time basis.

Qualifications: For appointment as lecturer, a person must possess a baccalaureate degree and such other qualifications as may be necessary for the satisfactory performance of his/her instructional functions.

Distinguished Lecturers

Qualifications: For appointment as a distinguished lecturer, the candidate must have demonstrated satisfactory qualities of personality and character, a record of achievements in his/her profession or field of expertise, and a willingness to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. He/she must also have a baccalaureate degree.

Status: Distinguished lecturer is a non-tenure-bearing title. As such, individuals employed in the title are not members of the permanent instructional staff and have neither faculty rank nor faculty status, as defined by Section 8.1 and 8.2 of the Bylaws.

Limitations: Individuals appointed as Distinguished Lecturer receive annual appointments. An individual may have no more than seven appointments in the title of Distinguished Lecturer. At any time, there may be no more than 80 Distinguished Lecturer University-wide.

Salary: The Distinguished Lecturer title has a salary range, rather than a step schedule. The salary range is from the minimum on the Lecturer schedule (currently $41,435) to the seven-year step on the Professor schedule (currently $116,364).

Professor Emeritus

University policy indicates that the title of Professor Emeritus is automatically conferred upon all full professors who have honorably retired after ten years of service.

1. The department will be responsible for submitting a memorandum to the Chair of the College Committee on Faculty Personnel and Budget indicating the Emeritus appointment for the full professor(s) who has honorably retired after ten years of service.

2. The President will send notification* to the faculty member indicating that in accordance with University policy they will be conferred with the title of Professor Emeritus.

University policy also notes that the emeritus title may be conferred, in exceptional cases, on associate and assistant professors or full professors who have honorably retired with less than ten years of service. These appointments require:

1. A process of review by the pertinent department personnel and budget committee to determine evidence of the intent of the retiree to continue a relationship with Lehman College or academe after retirement.

2. The affirmative recommendation of the pertinent department personnel and budget committee will be forwarded to the appropriate divisional executive committee.

3. The affirmative recommendation of the divisional executive committee will be forwarded to the College Committee on Faculty Personnel and Budget for action.

4. The College FP&B will submit affirmative recommendations to the President for subsequent action.

5. The President will send notification* to the faculty member indicating that in accordance with University policy they will be conferred with the title of Emeritus in their respective rank of either Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor.

Please note that the above processes do not require personnel action forms (PAs).

*The Provost, Divisional Dean, Departmental Chair, Director of Human Resources and the Director of Media Relations will be copied on all notifications.

Visiting Assistant Professors Visiting Associate Professors, and Visiting Professors

Position Definition:

Persons employed as visiting assistant professors, visiting associate professors, or visiting professors shall perform duties comparable to those performed by assistant professors, associate professors, or professors respectively, on a full-time or part-time basis.

Qualifications:

For appointment as a visiting assistant professor, visiting associate professor, or visiting professor a person must have those qualifications or professional achievement and training comparable to those of faculty members in corresponding ranks, and, in addition, he/she must be a person who is highly regarded in his/her scholarly field and whose primary commitment is to another accredited college or university. He/she may be appointed through regular channels of the college or university as visiting professor, visiting associate professor, or visiting assistant professor.

Graduate Assistant A, Graduate Assistant B

Position Definition:

A graduate assistant shall perform teaching, teaching-related or research duties. A graduate assistant "A" shall have an assignment of a maximum of 240 contact teaching hours or 450 hours of non-teaching assignments during the work year. A graduate assistant "B" shall have an assignment of a maximum of 120 classroom teaching hours or 225 hours of non-teaching assignments during the work year. These duties shall be performed under the general supervision of a designated member of the instructional staff. No person shall be appointed to the title graduate assistant more than three years consecutively except when special permission is requested by the executive officer of the doctoral program in which the student is enrolled and the chairman of the department in which he/she is employed. In no instance shall such extensions be granted for more than two additional appointments. Appointments may be for less than one year.

Qualifications:

For appointment as graduate assistant "A" or "B", a person shall have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. He/she shall be currently engaged in working toward his/her doctorate and be in good standing in his/her program. In those disciplines in which the city university of New York offers a doctoral program, when a CUNY doctoral student enrolled in such discipline is available and qualified, only such student may be employed in the titles graduate assistant "A" or "B."

Non-Teaching Staff (CLT Series and HEO Series)

Equivalencies and Waivers

Degree Equivalencies and Waivers for Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty

Degree Equivalencies are covered by Section 11.8 of the Bylaws of the City University of New York. Faculty appointments in the professorial series (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, and Adjunct Assistant Professor) require a Ph.D. However, this requirement maybe waived with other terminal degrees (Ed.D., J.D., M.F.A., and M.S.) depending on the field in which the individual is to be appointed.

The College Faculty Personnel and Budget Committee has a standing Committee on Equivalencies and Waivers to review applications for degree equivalency/waiver requests.
Initial recommendations for an equivalency/waiver must be made by the Departmental Personnel and Budget Committee in accord with the Bylaw requirement. Recommendations for an equivalency/waiver must be approved by the Dean and the Provost prior to submission to the Committee on Equivalencies and Waivers.

Waivers

Waiver recommendations must be accompanied by an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a completed Request for Waiver of the Bylaws form, and four supporting letters from persons outside the college that address the candidate's record of scholarship, teaching and research. One of the four letters must be from a recognized professional who holds a professional position. Also the department must supply an analysis that includes the following information: number of FT/teaching faculty, number in the three professorial ranks, number holding equivalencies and number holding waivers.

Equivalencies

1. The following may be accepted in lieu of the degree requirements set forth in bylaw section 11.7.b.1., 2., 3. and 4.:

  • In the fields of art (studio), music (performance), theatre (performance), experience and achievements which are deemed appropriate.
  • Other earned doctoral degrees such as sc.d., d.b.a., ed.d., d.a., d.s.w.; the professional degrees, m.d. and d.d.s., with license to practice; and the j.d., with admission to the Bar and contributions to the field; or other equivalent earned doctoral degrees from an approved institution of higher learning where the training received is properly related to the work of the department.
  • In the school of engineering and in technological curricula related to engineering in a community college, and appropriate master’s degree and a license as a professional engineer, and in the school of architecture, an appropriate master’s degree and a license as a registered architect provided the person appointed has the qualifications required by the state of New York for a license.
  • For teaching of social work, a recognized master’s degree in social work, certification as a social worker, and the specialized experience required for satisfactory performance.
  • In the program of nursing science and baccalaureate nursing education, licensure as a registered nurse, and appropriate master’s degree and appropriate specialized experience. In programs of baccalaureate education in the allied medical and health sciences, appropriate professional licensure, registration, or certification, an appropriate master’s degree, and appropriate specialized experiences.
  • In accounting, the appropriate master’s degree and certification as a public accountant, or an appropriate earned doctoral degree.
  • In industrial technological programs, not otherwise mentioned in this section, an appropriate baccalaureate degree, experience directly related to the field, and recognized contributions to the field.
  • In secretarial studies and data processing, an appropriate master’s degree, plus thirty (30) graduate credits in an organized program related to the field, experience directly related to the field, and recognized contributions to the field.

2. In the evaluation and interpretation of equivalencies there must be a direct and specific relationship between the discipline represented and the field in which the candidate is to serve.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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