3.1 Description of Titles

Academic titles are assigned according to the mix of primary responsibilities at the forefront of the university’s core efforts in research, teaching, and extension or outreach (including library). The use of a title may require that an approved position be  available.

The  academic titles described below are primary titles and all appointments thereto are approved by action of the dean, the provost, or the Board of Trustees. Administrative titles, such as dean and provost, are not included and do not by themselves confer academic status. Additional titles are used in the Medical College.

This table is a list of links for the descriptions of various academic titles.

Title Descriptions

Professor (UF) Senior Scholar and Senior Scientist (RTE)
Associate Professor (UF) (Principal) Research Scientist (RTE)
Assistant Professor (UF)
University Professor and Professor-at-Large (UF) Librarian and Archivist (RTE)
Research Professor Titles (RTE) Instructor (RTE)
Professor of the Practice Titles (RTE) Teaching Associate (RTE)
Clinical Professor Titles (RTE)
Visiting Fellow (RTE)
(Senior) Research Associate (RTE) Visiting Critic (RTE)
(Senior) Extension Associate (RTE) Visiting Scholar and Visiting Scientist (RTE)
(Senior) Lecturer (RTE)
Post-Doctoral Fellow and Post-Doctoral Associate


Excepting postdoctoral associates and fellows,  any  individual who holds one of the above titles, possibly modified by “adjunct”, “visiting”, “acting”, “courtesy”, or “emeritus/a, shall be regarded throughout the Faculty Handbook as an “academic titleholder.”

The table designates titles that  define the  University Faculty (UF)  and titles that define the  Research-Teaching-Extension (RTE) Faculty.


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