The Catholic University of America
Faculty Handbook Part II
Appointments and Promotions
Criteria for Reviews

Section II-D-3: Specific Requirements for Faculty Rank


Specific Requirements for Faculty Rank

.137 Instructor. A candidate possessing the appropriate academic degree or training may be appointed to the rank of Instructor.

.138 Assistant Professor. Appointment or promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor may be made on fulfillment of one of the following criteria insofar as they may be taken as evidence of future academic achievement and advancement:

a. Possession of the appropriate academic degree, ordinarily the terminal degree; or

b. Research productivity; or

c. Five years of full‑time teaching experience in an institution of higher education with adequate evidence of distinctive ability as a teacher and director of students; or

d. Such professional experience as, in the particular field, may reasonably be considered the equivalent of the foregoing.[1]

.139 Associate Professor. Appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor requires:

a. Sufficient experience, i.e., (i) four years of service as a regular Faculty member in this university or elsewhere; or (ii) acquisition by the candidate of such professional experience as may reasonably be considered the equivalent of the teaching service;

b. Possession of the appropriate academic degree, ordinarily the terminal degree;

c. Demonstrated competence as a teacher; and

d. Consistent research productivity, giving evidence of a high level of scholarly ability and the expectation of future recognition and advancement in academic achievement. Reasonable rates of publication on the part of a productive university scholar and teacher vary among fields of specialization, and such norms are to be given careful attention by the reviewing bodies. In case of publications with multiple authors the candidate's contribution must be clearly defined.

.140 In exceptional cases, appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor may be based primarily on:

a. Outstanding and widely recognized achievement as a teacher and director of students; or

b. Other extraordinary contribution or service to the academic aims of the university or the scholarly community at large; or

c. Distinctive professional service related to the candidate's field of competence.[2]

Even in these instances, however, some scholarly publication appropriate to the academic field is required if the candidate teaches at the graduate level.

.141 Professor. Appointment or promotion to the rank of Ordinary Professor requires:

a. Four years in the rank of Associate Professor in this university or elsewhere, or such professional experience as may be reasonably considered its equivalent; and

b. Fulfillment of the criteria listed above for the rank of Associate Professor; and

c. Achievement of recognized standing in the academic field or profession, evidenced by continuing research productivity acknowledged as significant by the scholarly community at large (C-11.117-120).

.142 Norms for Externs. When an extern is appointed to Faculty rank, the period of service required before eligibility for promotion may be determined in view of the qualifications presented. Any variation from the requirements for interns should be stipulated at the time of appointment by the cognizant Dean and Committee on Appointments and Promotions, and agreed to by the Provost.


[1] Specific detail explaining what is considered to be equivalent professional experience should be set forth in writing by the individual School and approved by the Academic Senate.

[2]Distinctive professional service directly related to the candidate's field of competence is defined as a consistent pattern of service on regional, state, national, or international levels recognized as outstanding in the field.