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Professor of the Practice Titles

Professor of the Practice
Associate Professor of the Practice
Assistant Professor of the Practice

Professor of the practice titles are available only for long term, non-tenure-track faculty members who are distinguished and highly experienced individuals in a relevant field of professional practice and who can provide effective, practice-oriented instruction in areas that supplement the core pedagogical instruction provided by the tenured and tenure-track faculty. While teaching is the primary responsibility, faculty of this rank may have additional research, service, or outreach obligations, depending on specific requirements of the college or school. The title may not be used for positions whose responsibilities largely replicate those of tenure-track faculty.

Promotion within the professor of the practice ranks is possible, and promotion guidelines are comparable in rigor and process to those for tenure-track faculty. For detailed information about this title, see college-specific legislation available in the Faculty Senate’s Resolution Archive.

The titles “professor of the practice,” “associate professor of the practice,” and “assistant professor of the practice” are available in a given college only upon satisfaction of a special approval process specified in the University Faculty’s enabling legislation.

Administrative Notes

  • The unmodified “professor of the practice” titles reflect a salaried position that is subject to affirmative action regulations.
  • College or school legislation, as approved in the process with the Faculty Senate authorizing the use of the title in that college or school, governs various terms and conditions, including percent limitations on the number of such appointments, voting rights, and access to grievance and appeals procedures.
  • Individuals appointed in these titles may apply for advertised tenure-track positions, but may not move from these positions to an unadvertised tenure-track position.
  • This title, available for use at the assistant, associate and professor rank, may be modified with “acting,” “visiting,” or “courtesy.” More on modifiers.

Last Updated: August 20, 2017 at 6:59 am