Volume 7 Faculty Affairs
Chapter 13.3 Faculty Appointment, Development, Promotion, & Tenure Policy: Faculty Classification
Responsible Office: University Faculty Senate
Originally issued: 9/18/97 University Faculty Senate
Revised: 11/4/99 (editorial) by Executive Committee
The faculty of Georgia Health Sciences University consists of the Corps of Instruction and Administrative Officers. Faculty are classified as non-tenured on track, non-tenure track, tenured, or no track. Tenure-track faculty can be classified as: assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Non-tenure-track faculty can be classified as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Research faculty can be classified as assistant research scientist, research scientist, senior research scientist, or principal research scientist. This policy defines the requirements of these faculty ranks. Classification of clinical, adjunct, and emeritus faculty is outlined in ARSA policies 7.13.7 and 7.13.8, which are subsections of the Faculty Appointment, Development, Promotion, and Tenure Policy.
Reason For Policy
Faculty classification is the institution’s system for designation of faculty, providing rank and titles to be used for faculty appointments, reappointments, and promotion. The purpose of faculty classification is to (1) promote optimal working relationships among faculty and staff, (2) promote individual professional development, and (3) provide structure consistent with the mission and goals of Georgia Health Sciences University.
Entities Affected By This Policy
This policy applies to all full- and part-time faculty at Georgia Health Sciences University.
Who Should Read This Policy
All faculty should read and understand this policy. This policy may also provide guidance for faculty candidates.
|President of Georgia Health Sciences University||706-721-2301||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/about/leadership/president/|
|Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost||706-721-4014||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/aaffairs/|
|Vice Chair, University Faculty Senate||706-721-2334||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/faculty/senate/vicechair.html|
|Chair, FADPT Subcommittee of University Faculty Senate||706-721-2334||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/faculty/senate/committee-gov.html|
|FADPT Chair & Department Chairs in each school||School of Medicine:
School of Dentistry:
School of Nursing:
School of Allied Health Sciences:
School of Graduate Studies:
Board of Regents Policy Manual: http://www.usg.edu/regents/policymanual/800.phtml
Section 803.09 Tenure
Section 803.10 Non-tenure-Track Personnel
Section 803.1001 Academic Professionals
Section 803.15 Emeritus Title
Board of Regents Academic Affairs Handbook, Section 4.06: Emeritus Title:
ARSA Policy 7.13.7 FADPT: Clinical & Adjunct Faculty Appointment:
ARSA Policy 7.13.8 FADPT: Emeritus Appointment Criteria: http://policy.georgiahealth.edu/2010/08/20/7-13-8-faculty-appointment-development-promotion-and-tenure-fadpt-policy-emeritus-appointment/
These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy:
|Tenure||Academic tenure refers to the conditions and guarantees that apply to a faculty member’s employment, in particular the protection from involuntary discharge from, or termination of, employment and from imposition of serious sanctions, except upon grounds and in accordance with procedures set forth in this policy.|
|Academic Rank||May refer to tenure or non-tenure faculty. Academic ranks include, but are not limited to: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor; Assistant Research Scientist, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, and Principal Research Scientist.|
|Tenure track||Academic track for full-time faculty leading to the granting of tenure. This is established at the time of initial appointment. Significant performance criteria for tenure are defined by individual schools.|
|Non-Tenure track||Academic track not leading to tenure. Such tracks may be established for all positions in all schools at Georgia Health Sciences University.|
|Corps of Instruction||Full-time professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and teaching personnel with other titles approved by the Board of Regents form the Corps of Instruction. Full-time research and extension personnel and certified librarians are included on the basis of comparable training. Persons holding adjunct appointments or honorary titles are not considered to be members of the faculty or Corps of Instruction.|
Faculty at Georgia Health Sciences University are designated as non-tenured on track, non-tenure track, tenured, or no track. Tenure-track faculty hold the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Non-tenure track faculty hold the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Research faculty are non-tenure track and hold the rank of assistant research scientist, research scientist, senior research scientist, or principal research scientist. Clinical, adjunct, and emeritus faculty are off-track faculty positions. Appointments to these positions are discussed in separate policies, ARSA 7.13.7 (clinical and adjunct) and 7.13.8 (emeritus).
1.0 Designation of Positions
Georgia Health Sciences University will annually prepare and submit to the Chancellor a list of positions designated as tenure and non-tenure-track positions (per Board of Regents Policy Manual 803.10). Requests for position designation or for conversion during the budget year will also be submitted to the Chancellor for approval (per Board of Regents Policy Manual 803.10).
Transfer from a tenure- to non-tenure-track position shall be supported on the basis of the nature of the position rather than on the nature of the performance (Board of Regents Policy Manual 803.10). In addition, positions designated as non-tenure-track positions or as tenure-track positions may be converted to the other type only with approval by the Chancellor and the Board of Regents (per Board of Regents Policy Manual 803.10). Normally that transfer should occur no later than the fifth year of the appointment. An Georgia Health Sciences University faculty transferring to a non-tenure-track position shall not be considered for a new appointment to a tenure-track position for at least two years.
1.1 Classification, Rank and Title
The faculty of Georgia Health Sciences University consists of the Corps of Instruction and Administrative Officers, per Board of Regents policy. Academic rank may refer to tenure or non-tenure-track faculty whereas administrative titles carry no rights of tenure.
1.1.1 Tenure Track
Designation of faculty on tenure track (see definitions above) is established at the time of initial appointment. Significant performance, as defined by school policy, is expected in all three areas of academic appointment: teaching, research or scholarly achievement, and service. Outstanding performance is expected in at least two areas, one of which must be research or scholarly achievement. Faculty on the tenure track must be classified as full-time, which is denoted by service on a 100% workload basis for a fiscal- or academic-year contract.
Ranks of tenure-track positions are:
- Assistant Professor
- Associate Professor
1.1.2 Non-Tenure Track
Excerpted from Board of Regents Policy 803.10 (http://www.usg.edu/regents/policymanual/800.phtml ):
Institutions of the University System are authorized to establish professional positions designated as non-tenure-track positions. Non-tenure-track positions may be established for full-time professional personnel employed in administrative positions or to staff research, technical, special, career, and public service programs or programs that are anticipated to have a limited life span or that are funded, fully or partially, through non-system sources. There shall be no maximum time limitation for service in positions in this category. The following provisions shall apply to all non-tenure-track professional personnel:
- Individuals employed in non-tenure-track positions shall not be eligible for consideration for the award of tenure.
- Probationary credit toward tenure shall not be awarded for service in non-tenure-track positions.
- Notice of intention to renew or not to renew contracts of non-tenure-track personnel who have been awarded academic rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Assistant Research Scientist, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Principal Research Scientist) shall follow the schedule required for tenure-track personnel. This schedule of notification shall not apply to other professional personnel.
- Individuals employed in non-tenure-track positions may apply, on an equal basis with other candidates, for tenure-track positions that may become available.
Non-tenure track is usually established at the time of initial appointment. Outstanding performance is expected in specific areas of job assignment. Competency in research or scholarly achievement and professional development associated with patient care must be achieved. Career progress may include appointment to a tenure-track position. Appointments can be made for either full-time or part-time workload.
Ranks of non-tenure-track positions are:
- Assistant Professor
- Associate Professor
1.1.3 Research Faculty, Non-tenure Track
The research scientist track is established at the time of initial appointment. Outstanding performance is expected in specific areas of job assignment. Persons appointed as research scientists usually do not conduct independent research. Teaching related to research is encouraged but not required. Appointments can be made for either full-time or part-time workload.
Ranks of research faculty positions are:
- Assistant Research Scientist
- Research Scientist
- Senior Research Scientist
- Principal Research Scientist
a. Clinical Faculty. See ARSA policy 7.13.7 Clinical & Adjunct Faculty Appointment.
Clinical faculty are non-paid faculty involved in patient care activity or other service related to a department or discipline. Clinical faculty usually teach, but do not necessarily teach.
Ranks of clinical faculty positions are:
- Clinical Instructor
- Assistant Clinical Professor
- Associate Clinical Professor
- Clinical Professor
- Adjunct Faculty. See ARSA policy 7.13.7 Clinical & Adjunct Faculty Appointment.
Adjunct faculty are non-paid faculty involved in teaching, research, and service not related to patient care.
Ranks of clinical faculty positions are:
- Adjunct Instructor
- Assistant Adjunct Professor
- Associate Adjunct Professor
- Adjunct Professor
- Emeritus Faculty. See ARSA policy 7.13.8 Emeritus Appointment Criteria.
Emeritus is a faculty status that confers an honorary title upon the bearer, awarded for distinguished service that reflects the core values of Georgia Health Sciences University.
Ranks of emeritus faculty positions are:
- Assistant Professor Emeritus
- Associate Professor Emeritus
- Professor Emeritus
The title of emeritus can be also be conferred on a BOR-approved non-tenure track faculty equivalent to the above ranks or an administrative officer who, at the time of retirement, had ten years or more of honorable and distinguished service in the University System.
The responsibilities each party has in connection with Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Policy 7.13.3, Faculty Appointment, Development, Promotion, & Tenure Policy: Faculty Classification, are:
|Georgia Health Sciences University Office of Faculty Affairs||Annually prepare and submit to the Chancellor a list of positions designated as tenure and non-tenure-track positions|