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Facts About Titles and Modifiers

It is essential  to understand all the different academic titles  and title modifiers that we have at Cornell and how the thousands of academic title-holders are  distributed across the colleges.

Titles come equipped with rules about (a) appointment length and renewal, (b) research-student  advising, (c) external funding, and (d) promotion.

Article XVII in the  University Bylaw lists all the academic titles that are available.

Shared Governance

Shared governance at Cornell  is organized through the Senate and various  assemblies.  Except for the University Faculty, all academic title-holders are represented through the Employee Assembly.   A recent polling of  non-tenure track academic titleholders reveals considerable unhappiness with this arrangement.

The 2004 Report on the Status of Nontenure Track Faculty

An ad hoc committee of the  Senate looked into NTT matters back in 2004 and they produced this  report. To permit direct access to specific parts of the report, an online version with internal links is available..

Senate  Resolution 44   (on professional development opportunities) and Senate Resolution 45  (on Emeritus/a status for  NTT faculty)) were the only Senate outcomes associated with the report. These resolutions were recommendations to the Provost and that appears to be as far as it went.

Representation in Cornell’s Colleges

Article XIV in the University Bylaws leaves the issue of NTT representation (a.k.a. voting rights)  up to the individual colleges. Here is how they do it.

The University Bylaws also has a paragraph on hiring, indicating that clinical professors, professors-of-the-practice, and lecturers should participate in the hiring “of their own kind”.

Side note. Article XVIII states that while on campus, a Professor-at-Large has full voting rights as a member of the University Faculty.

The Title/Senate Things at  Other Schools

Columbia, U Penn, Princeton,  Harvard , Yale ,  Stanford , U California , Duke


  1. 2017 Report on Cornell Extension.
  2. 1993 Report by the AAUP on the Status of Non-Tenure Track Faculty
  3. The Delphi Project provides tools and resources to help create new faculty models and better support faculty off the tenure track to enhance higher education institutions.
  4. Harvard’s promotion procedures for non-tenure track titles.

Last Updated: September 18, 2018 at 6:30 am