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CONTACT INFORMATION
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Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-2225
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Academic Affairs

Policy Title
Academic Rank--effective through 2012-2014 Academic Year
Policy Description
Academic rank is predicated on academic preparation, teaching ability, personal qualifications, professional services, scholarship, concern for advising and counseling students, and other related factors.

Instructor. Each nominee for appointment to the rank of instructor is expected to have earned the master's degree and to offer evidence or promise of competence in teaching and professional service. Instructors are appointed for a term of one year only, but appointment to additional one-year terms is permitted. Instructors are not eligible for tenure. Comparable academic preparation and/or professional achievement appropriate to the field may be substituted for the master's degree.

Assistant Professor. Each nominee for appointment or promotion to the rank of assistant professor is expected to hold an earned doctoral or appropriate terminal degree and to offer evidence of potential in teaching, scholarship, and professional service. Faculty in this rank are eligible for tenure if in a tenure track appointment. Comparable academic preparation and/or professional achievement appropriate to the field may be substituted for the appropriate terminal degree.

Associate Professor. In addition to the criteria for assistant professor, each nominee for appointment or promotion to the rank of associate professor, a senior rank in the faculty, is expected to hold a terminal degree, evidence of effective teaching, productive scholarship and professional involvement, and appropriate professional service and academic responsibility. Faculty in this rank are eligible for tenure if in a tenure track appointment. At time of hire, in exceptional cases, comparable academic preparation and/or professional achievement appropriate to the field may be substituted for the appropriate terminal degree.

Professor. In addition to the criteria for associate professor, each nominee for appointment or promotion to the rank of professor, the highest rank in the faculty, is expected to hold a terminal degree, offer evidence beyond that requisite for other ranks, of maturity and leadership, as well as superiority in teaching, scholarship, and professional involvement, and professional service and academic responsibility. Faculty in this rank are eligible for tenure if in a tenure track appointment. At time of hire, in exceptional cases, comparable academic preparation and/or professional achievement appropriate to the field may be substituted for the appropriate terminal degree.

Policy Author(s)
Faculty Conference/ Academic Affairs
Effective Date
Not specified
Review Date
Not specified