3.1.3 Academic Titles

A. Purpose

The purpose of the policy is to describe the academic titles approved for use in The University of Texas System institutions. (See The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 31001).

B. Persons Affected


C. Definitions


D. Policy and Procedures

In order to achieve consistency in the use of titles throughout the University, the following describes titles that may be used and the conditions that apply to each.

  1. Tenure and Tenure-Track Titles.  The only titles in which a person may hold tenure are Professor and Associate Professor. The only titles in which a person may accrue time toward satisfaction of the probationary period required before consideration of the award of tenure are Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. These titles are normally used only for continuing, full-time members of the faculty
  2. Non-Tenure-Track Titles. The following academic titles may be used for persons appointed to non-tenure-track positions. Except as specified, these titles may be used for both full- and part-time appointments, shall not exceed one academic year and shall expire at the end of the stated period without a requirement of advance notice. U. T. Tyler, at its discretion, may offer subsequent reappointments to these titles.
    1. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer.  The title of Lecturer may be used for individuals whose primary responsibility will be teaching and whose experience and education qualify them for teaching at the university level. The title of Senior Lecturer may be used for persons with extensive teaching experience, for persons with special qualifications or for persons who assume significant responsibilities in addition to their teaching.
    2. Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor. These titles are used only for temporary appointments of persons either visiting from another university where they hold similar ranks or who are brought to U. T. Tyler on a trial basis. These appointments may be renewed for no more than one additional year without special approval.
    3. Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor. These titles may be used for qualified persons from business, industry, government, private practice or another institution of higher education who teach a course or in other ways participate in the activities of a program. Except in special circumstances, such titles should designate part-time service on the faculty and may be with or without pay.
    4. Specialist.  This title may be used for professional individuals who will serve as practitioners in specific areas of instruction, training or supervision. Upon approval of the president, the title may carry appropriate descriptive prefixes so as to indicate the specific areas of proficiency.
    5. Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, and Clinical Assistant Professor. These titles may be used to designate regular part-time service on the faculty while involved in a health profession’s clinical experience program.

E. Responsibilities


F. Review

The Divisional Head for this policy is the Provost.  This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Faculty Senate.


LAST AMENDED: 04/22/2009