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AA/PPS 04.01.20 - Faculty Responsibilities, Definitions and Titles

Faculty Responsibilities, Definitions and Titles

AA/PPS No. 04.01.20 (7.22)
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 8/25/2016
Next Review Date: 3/01/2020 (E4Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Associate Provost

  1. PURPOSE

    1. This policy and procedure statement is intended to define the general responsibilities of faculty and to provide a comprehensive list of faculty titles assigned at Texas State.
  2. FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. All faculty have the responsibility for the appropriate undertaking of teaching, scholarly/creative activities, and service as expected within their discipline and as appropriate for their title and rank. These responsibilities may vary from year to year and are reflected in the AA/PPS No. 04.01.40, Faculty Workload. Faculty responsibilities are specified in other policy statements and the Faculty Handbook, including AA/PPS No. 02.03.01, Conduct and Planning of Courses; AA/PPS No. 02.03.02, Conduct of Classes; AA/PPS No. 02.03.20, Maintenance and Improvement of Quality in Teaching; AA/PPS No. 04.02.01, Development/Evaluation of Tenure-Track Faculty; department faculty evaluation policies mandated by AA/PPS No. 04.02.10, Performance Evaluation of Continuing Faculty and Post-Tenure Review; AA/PPS No. 04.02.20, Tenure and Promotion Review; and the department and college tenure and promotion policies mandated by AA/PPS No. 04.02.20, Tenure and Promotion Review.
  3. CONTRACT CONDITIONS

    1. All faculty appointments are for a specified period and are not to exceed one year as specified by the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Chapter V, section 4.1, Employment.

      Faculty who are not in tenured or tenure-track appointments may be appointed for a specified term, ranging from one to five years. Eligibility for a reappointment for subsequent years is contingent upon satisfactory annual performance evaluations during the term period, in addition to continuity of funding and departmental need.

  4. FACULTY DEFINITIONS

    1. Tenure line faculty are faculty who are eligible for consideration for tenure following a stipulated probationary period, or who have earned tenure.

      1. Titles for tenure-track and tenured faculty include:

        1. Assistant Professor

        2. Associate Professor

        3. Professor

        4. Professor - Endowed Chair

        5. Professor - Endowed Professorship

        6. Professor - University Chair

        7. Regents’ Professor

        8. Chair - Associate Professor

        9. Chair - Professor

        10. Program Chair - Associate Professor

        11. Program Chair - Professor

        12. School Director - Associate Professor

        13. School Director - Professor

        14. University Distinguished Professor

    2. Non-tenured line faculty (NLF) are faculty who are not eligible for tenure. Emeritus faculty are included because tenure is surrendered at the time of retirement.

      1. Titles for non-tenured line faculty include:

        1. Lecturer - instructional faculty are hired for one academic year or semester, either on a per course or Full Time Equivalent (FTE) appointment. Lecturer duties are restricted to teaching functions and limited service activities.

        2. Senior Lecturer - instructional faculty are hired on a continuing basis, either on a per course or FTE appointment. Senior lecturer appointments can be made for a specific term, not to exceed five years, pending successful annual reviews and recommendations to reappoint, renewable annually. Senior lecturers can be reappointed to subsequent five year terms. Senior lecturer duties will be more expansive than those for lecturers and will include the teaching function and expanded service activities. In addition, scholarly/creative activities may be encouraged and allowed but not required.

        3. Clinical Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.22, Clinical Faculty Appointments.

        4. Clinical Assistant Professor -instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the clinical track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.22, Clinical Faculty Appointments.

        5. Clinical Associate Professor - instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the clinical track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.22, Clinical Faculty Appointments.

        6. Clinical Professor - instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the clinical track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.22, Clinical Faculty Appointments.

        7. Research Assistant Professor - appointed for a term not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the research track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.21, Research Faculty Appointments.

        8. Research Associate Professor - appointed for a term not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the research track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.21, Research Faculty Appointments.

        9. Research Professor - appointed for a term not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the research track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointment at this rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.21, Research Faculty Appointments.

        10. Lecturer of Practice -instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed three years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the faculty of practice track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointments at the rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.23, Faculty of Practice Appointments.

        11. Assistant Professor of Practice -instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the faculty of practice track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointments at the rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.23, Faculty of Practice Appointments.

        12. Associate Professor of Practice -instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the faculty of practice track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointments at the rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.23, Faculty of Practice Appointments.

        13. Professor of Practice -instructional faculty hired either on a per course or FTE appointment for a specific term, not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified. A faculty member may be reappointed in the faculty of practice track for one or more additional terms, contingent upon continuity of funding, the individual’s evaluations, and departmental need. Specific requirements for appointments at the rank are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.23, Faculty of Practice Appointments.

        14. Visiting Lecturer - appointment at this rank is reserved for a faculty member from another university serving as a visiting scholar for a predetermined time period for collaboration; for a retired tenured faculty member from another university; or an individual with prominent industry ties. Visiting lecturers may also be appointed to teach, on a paid or unpaid basis. Recommendations for appointments at this rank are submitted via the personnel committee, the chair or director, and the dean to the Provost. Required documents for this appointment are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.01, Faculty Hiring.

        15. Visiting Assistant Professor - appointment at this rank is reserved for a faculty member from another university serving as a visiting scholar for a predetermined time period for collaboration; for a retired tenured faculty member from another university; or an individual with prominent industry ties. Visiting assistant professors may also be appointed to teach, on a paid or unpaid basis. Recommendations for appointments at this rank are submitted via the personnel committee, the chair or director, and the dean to the Provost. Required documents for this appointment are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.01, Faculty Hiring.

        16. Visiting Associate Professor - appointment at this rank is reserved for a faculty member from another university serving as a visiting scholar for a predetermined time period for collaboration; for a retired tenured faculty member from another university; or an individual with prominent industry ties. Visiting associate professors may also be appointed to teach, on a paid or unpaid basis. Recommendations for appointments at this rank are submitted via the personnel committee, the chair or director, and the dean to the Provost. Required documents for this appointment are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.01, Faculty Hiring.

        17. Visiting Professor - appointment at this rank is reserved for a faculty member from another university serving as a visiting scholar for a predetermined time period for collaboration; for a retired tenured faculty member from another university; or an individual with prominent industry ties. Visiting professors may also be appointed to teach, on a paid or unpaid basis. Recommendations for appointments at this rank are submitted via the personnel committee, the chair or director, and the dean to the Provost. Required documents for this appointment are found in AA/PPS No. 04.01.01, Faculty Hiring.

        18. Assistant Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        19. Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        20. Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        21. Distinguished Professor Emeritus

        22. University Distinguished Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        23. Extension Educator - The primary function of this academic professional is to provide education to clientele through the university’s Distance and Education and Study Abroad Programs. Extension educators have as their primary responsibility the instruction, assessment, development and implementation of continuing education and extension and self-paced correspondence programs. Extension educators do not generate student credit hours (SCH) but are assigned duties within a department, center or institute that require faculty credentials.

        24. Language Educator - The primary function of this academic professional is to provide non-credit education to international clientele through the Texas State Intensive English Program. Language educators have as their primary responsibility the instruction, assessment, development and implementation of continuing non-formal education programs. Language educators do not generate student credit hours (SCH) but are assigned duties within a department, center or institute that require faculty credentials.

        25. Teacher Fellow - Teacher Fellows are fully certified first-year teachers who have completed all Texas certification requirements. Teacher Fellows assume full responsibility for a teacher-of-record position in a participating school district and are supported through direct involvement and supervision by both district and Texas State faculty.

        26. Writer-In-Residence - The primary function of the academic professional is to devote time to writing; share knowledge about the creative writing process; offer one-to-one consultations and advice to Texas State graduate and/or undergraduate students interested in creative writing and careers as creative writers; and organize and/or participate in events such as readings or workshops that are designed to increase the knowledge and skills of Texas State students. Writers-in-residence may also participate in community events that promote writing.

        27. Affiliate Instructor - The primary function of this academic healthcare professional is to provide supervision of student clinical learning experiences, including but not limited to instruction of procedures, health assessments, and administration of medications. Affiliate instructors may only perform supervision when a qualified, experienced faculty member is physically present. Supervision of clinical learning experiences must follow appropriate professional regulatory board rules and regulations.

    3. Per course faculty are paid a flat rate for teaching a class. Appointment is limited to a maximum of two 3-4 hour classes per semester. The only exception is the addition of a University Seminar class to those two classes per semester.

    4. A per course faculty FTE is typically 20% or 40% or can range from 0% to less than 50% depending on the department. Pay may be calculated on a per contact hour basis that can alter an FTE.

      1. Titles for per course faculty include:

        1. Lecturer

        2. Senior Lecturer

        3. Clinical Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

        4. Clinical Assistant Professor

        5. Clinical Associate Professor

        6. Clinical Professor

        7. Research Assistant Professor

        8. Research Associate Professor

        9. Research Professor

        10. Lecturer of Practice

        11. Assistant Professor of Practice

        12. Associate Professor of Practice

        13. Professor of Practice

        14. Professor of Practice - Endowed Chair

        15. Visiting Lecturer

        16. Visiting Assistant Professor

        17. Visiting Associate Professor

        18. Visiting Professor

        19. Assistant Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        20. Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        21. Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        22. Regents’ Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        23. Distinguished Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        24. University Distinguished Professor Emeritus/Emerita

        25. Extension Educator

        26. Language Educator

        27. Teacher Fellow

        28. Writer-In-Residence

        29. Affiliate Instructor

    5. Program faculty are not teacher of record, do not generate student credit hours (SCH) but are assigned duties within a department, center or institute that require faculty credentials. The program faculty appointment falls within the Department of Labor’s Learned Professional employee exemption when all of the following tests are met:

      1. The employee must be compensated on a salary or fee (stipend) basis at a rate not less than $3,956.34 monthly, for any FTE (effective 12.1.16);

      2. The employee’s primary duty must be the performance of work requiring advanced knowledge, defined as work which is predominantly intellectual in character and which includes work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgement;

      3. The advanced knowledge must be in a field of learning; and

      4. The advanced knowledge must be customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.

      An appointment as program faculty must be approved by Faculty Records in the Provost’s office. A description of duties must accompany the request for appointment.

    6. Visiting Scholar - appointment is reserved for individuals visiting from an outside institution or organization and sponsored by a faculty host. The appointment of a visiting scholar must be well defined as to the purpose, the length of the appointment, and the benefit to Texas State. A visiting scholar must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; be financially supported by an outside source; and have proof of medical insurance. If the visiting scholar is a foreign national, the proper visa is required. The faculty host must request prior written approval for the appointment of a visiting scholar from the school director/department chair, dean, and the Associate Provost, and as relevant, seek guidance from the International Office on immigration related matters.

      Requests are made no fewer than 30 days prior to arrival on campus using the Request for Approval of Visiting Scholar form. Federal Export Control regulations will be followed when hiring foreign nationals as Visiting Scholars. This title cannot be used for faculty who otherwise qualify for a visiting or research faculty appointment.

  5. REVIEWERS OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Associate Provost March 1 E4Y
  6. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Academic Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Associate Provost; senior reviewer of this PPS

    Provost