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3.03a Academic Rank for Faculty

Chapter Three: Instructional Affairs

Procedure Title: Academic Rank for Faculty
Based On:
Procedure Number: 3.03a
Date Adopted/Revised: January 29, 2007; May 15, 2007; July 19, 2010
Faculty rank at South Arkansas Community College is to give credit for instructors’ hard work and commitment to the college. The ranks are strictly honorary and bring no increases in pay or in privileges.
I. Qualifications for each rank:
A. Instructor: During the first three years of full-time teaching at South Arkansas Community College the faculty member is given the title of “Instructor.” Part-time faculty will also be given the title of “Instructor.”
B. Assistant Professor: After the third year of full-time teaching and satisfactory (or better) performance evaluations the faculty member may request the title of “Assistant Professor.”
C. Associate Professor: After the seventh year of full-time teaching and satisfactory (or better) performance evaluations the faculty member may request the title of “Associate Professor.”
D. Professor: After the eleventh year of full-time teaching and satisfactory (or better) performance evaluations the faculty member may request the title of “Professor.”
A rank above the title of Instructor applies only to full-time members of the faculty
II. Progression in Rank:
  • No credit towards these ranks will be awarded for a year (or years) in which unsatisfactory performance evaluations were received.
  • Only years of full-time teaching at South Arkansas Community College, not previous experience at other colleges, will count towards advancement in rank. A semester in which a faculty member has a temporary reduction in teaching load (such as for release time, when a course does not make, or when some alternative duty is assigned) will be counted as full-time teaching.
  • After the end of the third year of full-time teaching, faculty with a Master’s Degree will be credited with one extra year of teaching towards the next rank.
  • After the end of the third year of full-time teaching, faculty with a Doctorate will be credited with three extra years of teaching towards the next rank.
The faculty member will make application for advancement in rank to his/her faculty member’s Dean who, if the faculty member has met the above requirements, will forward the request for approval by the Vice President of Learning.
III. Other provisions:
  • The rank system is completely voluntary; those not wishing to participate simply do not apply for the next rank.
  • The Faculty Academic Rank Policy will not confer any additional rights, privileges, or salary, and will not establish or have any link to guaranteed employment rights (tenure.)