Faculty Ranks

Appointments to the faculty with academic rank and administrative faculty appointments with rank and/or tenure status are made through the Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, typically upon the recommendation of a department head and dean.

Tenure and Tenure Track Appointments

Tenure and tenure track appointments are restricted to regular full-time teaching faculty employed on a continuing basis and to academic administrative faculty with professorial rank (i.e., Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor).

Non-Tenured Appointments

  • Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers
  • Limited term, full-time faculty
  • Part-time and adjunct faculty
  • Full-time instructional or administrative faculty with rank who are explicitly employed in a non-tenure track status.
Last updated March 24, 2022.

Faculty Contracts

All tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenured full-time faculty receive a contract electronically through One USG for each year, generally in late May. This contract specifies the faculty rank, tenure status, salary, and conditions of employment.  These contracts must be electronically signed within a specified time period. According to the Board of Regent’s Policy Manual 8.3.11: “Failure to sign and return such contracts within the time period specified therein may be construed as an abandonment of employment rights. Any other provision in these policies to the contrary notwithstanding, faculty members who fail to verify or maintain the credentials, degree, certification or license required to meet the terms and conditions of their contract shall be subject to immediate dismissal for breach of their employment contract”.

If faculty members anticipate a delay in their ability to sign a contract, they should contact the Academic Affairs office.

Last updated March 24, 2022.