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.

B. Persons Affected

This policy applies to faculty.

C. Definitions

For complete information of the following categories of faculty refer to University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 31001

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.  The procedures to be followed in the tenure and promotion processes are presented in 3.3.4 and 3.4.5, respectively.

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. The University of Texas at Tyler, at its discretion, may offer subsequent reappointments to these titles. Descriptions of the following titles are provided in University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 31001

  1. Adjoint Professor, Adjoint Associate Professor, and Adjoint Assistant Professor
  2. Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Lecturer
  3. Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Clinical Instructor 
  4. Faculty Associate 
  5. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Distinguished Lecturer
  6. Specialist
  7. Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor
  8. Professor of Practice, Associate Professor of Practice, and Assistant Professor of Practice
    1. These titles may be used by the institutions of the UT System to designate regular part-time or full-time service for faculty involved in a professional experience program. If an institution determines that it is to the benefit of the institution, it may offer reappointment to a faculty member in accordance with Texas Education Code Section 51.943.
    2. Persons appointed to these positions will hold at least a Master’s degree and professional experience beyond an entry level position relevant to the discipline area. Exception for academic credentials may be made based on extraordinary professional experience.  Usually a person appointed or promoted to Associate Professor of Practice or Professor of Practice would hold a terminal degree, but the Associate Professor rank could also be used for significant professional experience. Professional licensure or certification, as appropriate to the discipline, could also be used as a justification for the Associate or Professor rank (e.g. licensure as a Professional Engineer if the appointment is in an engineering discipline). Professors of practice with terminal degrees in their disciplines will be appointed as Graduate Teaching Faculty. 
    3. The expectations of persons appointed to these positions may normally include, but are not limited to, teaching, mentoring and advising students, student recruiting and retention, engaging with the professional community, and professional development.  The specific work assignment would be based on the expertise of the person and the needs of the College.  Persons holding these titles are not normally expected to have or develop an externally funded research program or published scholarship.  However, these may be required based on the needs of the College, and may be used as a criteria for the initial appointment.
    4. Appointments to the faculty with one of the Professor of Practice titles may be with or without pay and shall be for a period of time not to exceed three academic years pending evaluation of performance. Such appointments shall terminate upon expiration of the stated period of appointment without notification of nonrenewal. Reappointment may be offered to the faculty member if such reappointment is to the benefit of the University. Such appointments are not tenured or tenure-track appointments and time served in these positions cannot be credited toward a subsequent tenure-track appointment. Normally, the initial appointment is one year for an Assistant Professor of Practice, and two years for an Associate Professor of Practice or three years for a Professor of Practice. However, initial appointments for any rank for up to three years are possible depending upon the qualifications of the candidate and the needs of the College.
  9. Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, and Research Professor
    1. The titles Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor and Research Professor are used by The University of Texas at Tyler to designate part-time or full-time service for individuals involved in the research programs of the University. Individuals appointed to these ranks can teach, if otherwise qualified, but teaching is not normally required. Such appointments are not tenured or tenure-track appointments and time served in these positions cannot be credited toward a subsequent tenure-track appointment.
    2. Persons appointed to these positions are normally expected to perform in one or more of the following activities: engage in the research mission of the University, solicit and obtain external funding either individually or as part of a research group, sustain a significant record of peer-reviewed scholarship at the national and international level, as well as engage in professional development. Initial appointment and promotion to a higher rank will be dependent upon performance in these areas.
    3. Appointments to the faculty with one of the Research Professor titles may be with or without pay and shall be for a period of time not to exceed three academic years pending evaluation of performance and continued funding. If paid, the pay will normally be from external support and not from appropriated or designated funds although that is possible. Such appointments shall terminate upon expiration of the stated period of appointment without notification of nonrenewal. Reappointment may be offered to the faculty member if such reappointment is to the benefit of the University and the research program. Normally the initial appointment is one year for an Assistant Research Professor, two years for an Associate Research Professor, and three years for a Research Professor. However, initial appointments for any rank for up to three years are possible depending upon the qualifications of the candidate and the needs of the University. Persons appointed to these positions will hold a terminal degree. Research Professors will be eligible for consideration to serve as Graduate Research Faculty. 

D. Policy

The University of Texas at Tyler will consistently use titles that reflect the qualifications and responsibilities of faculty.

E. Responsibilities

The Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs is responsible for the administration of this policy.

F. Procedures

Not applicable.

G. 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.

ORIGINALLY APPROVED: 12/01/2001 

AMENDED: 04/22/2009

AMENDED:  02/2019