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Faculty Handbook

7. Academic Ranks and Titles for Faculty

Academic Ranks and Titles for Faculty Full-time members of the teaching faculty hold one of the four academic ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. 

These faculty have full-time teaching duties or have teaching plus other institutionally related duties equivalent to a full-time teaching load. Persons with the rank of Professor Emeritus or the titles of Artist/Writer/Scholar in Residence or Adjunct are also considered to be members of the faculty although none is granted voting rights at Faculty Assembly. Whenever a decision is necessary on whether an individual has the appropriate professional degree or its equivalent as required for a particular rank, such decision will be recommended by the Appropriate Dean or Division Chair to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Instructor 

An Instructor should hold an earned Master’s Degree or terminal degree relevant to the teaching field that has been awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution and/or an internationally recognized institution. A Baccalaureate Degree is acceptable for faculty teaching only in selected fields in the associate degree programs. In some cases, such as in practice-oriented disciplines or programs, “tested experience” in the field may be substituted for formal education preparation or teaching experience when that tested experience is validated through some objective measure(s) that ensures the individual’s knowledge, expertise, and competence are equal to or greater than that expected from formal education or teaching experience. Instructors must demonstrate the potential for satisfactory fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities of faculty. 

Assistant Professor 

An Assistant Professor should hold an earned Doctorate Degree or terminal degree relevant to the teaching field that has been awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution and/or an internationally recognized institution. Appointees not holding a Doctorate should have a minimum of two (2) years college level teaching experience and should demonstrate promise of ability to teach, perform research, participate in scholarly development or creative activities, and are of service and long- range usefulness to the institution. In some cases, such as in practice-oriented disciplines or programs, “tested experience” in the field may be substituted for formal education preparation or teaching experience when that tested experience is validated through some objective measure(s) that ensures the individual’s knowledge, expertise and competence are equal to or greater than that expected from formal education or teaching experience. 

Associate Professor  

An Associate Professor should hold an earned Doctorate Degree or terminal degree relevant to the teaching field awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution and/or internationally recognized institution. Associates should have a minimum of five (5) years of college level teaching experience if less than an earned Doctorate degree is held. In some cases, such as in practice-oriented disciplines or programs, “tested experience” in the field may be substituted for formal education preparation or teaching experience when that tested experience is validated through some objective measure(s) that ensures the individual’s knowledge, expertise and competence are equal to or greater than that expected from formal education or teaching experience. Associates should  display a demonstrated teaching ability, active participation in faculty committees, research/scholarship, creative activities, contributions to the institution and the community, and in selected instances, performance of non-teaching or administrative duties. 

Professor 

A Professor should have an earned Doctorate Degree or terminal degree relevant to the teaching field awarded by a regionally or nationally accredited institution and/or internationally recognized institution. In some cases, such as in practice-oriented disciplines or programs, “tested experience” in the field may be substituted for formal education preparation or teaching experience when that tested experience is validated through some objective measure(s) that ensures the individual’s knowledge, expertise and competence are equal to or greater than that expected from formal education or teaching experience. Professors should have a minimum of ten (10) years teaching experience at the college level or a reasonable equivalent. Professors should demonstrate excellent teaching ability, student advising, research, scholarly development, creative activities, service, and in selected instances, performance of non-teaching or administrative duties. 

Professor Emeritus 

In recognition of meritorious service, Bacone College may confer the rank of Professor Emeritus on members of the faculty who have attained the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor and who, at the time of their full retirement from the college, have held a full-time faculty position for ten (10) or more years. Recommendations for the conferment of this rank shall be made by a majority vote of the Faculty Assembly to the Board of Trustees. A Professor Emeritus is accorded full faculty status with regard to faculty social activities, admission to athletic events, fine arts performances, and other cultural activities. Emeriti are also accorded library privileges and are listed in the college catalog during the remainder of their lifetimes. No compensation accrues by virtue of this rank, and for the purposes of Faculty Assembly, a Professor Emeritus is not considered a voting member of the faculty. 

Artist/Writer/Scholar in Residence 

The college may offer appointment to persons whose artistic/teaching experience as well as their professional study equip them for instructional and performance responsibilities. Such individuals are designated artists, writers, or scholars in residence and perform their responsibilities as regular members of the faculty. Artists/writers/scholars in residence hold part or full-time positions. They receive term contracts from the Vice President for Academic Affairs upon the recommendation of the Dean or Division Chair of the appropriate school or division. Their terms and conditions of employment are determined on an individual basis prior to appointment. For purposes of Faculty Assembly, Artists/writers/scholars in residence are not considered voting members of the faculty

Adjunct Faculty 

Adjunct faculty are part-time instructors employed to teach specific courses at the need of the college. Adjuncts are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs upon the recommendation of the Dean or Division Chair of the school or division in which they will serve. Adjunct faculty receive compensation determined by the number of contact or credit hours they are contracted to teach and by the enrollment figures in their courses. All adjunct faculty shall have a term contract. Adjunct faculty have the same freedom and responsibilities in the management of their courses as do full-time faculty. As part of their responsibilities, adjunct faculty are expected to spend a reasonable amount of time on campus each week so that they will be available to counsel students regarding their course work. (Approximately one-half hour per week in addition to class time for each credit hour taught shall be considered a reasonable amount of time). For the purposes of Faculty Assembly, adjuncts are not considered voting members of the faculty