Information pertaining to the promotion of Instructor/Teaching Assistant Professor to Senior Instructor/Teaching Associate Professor, and from Senior Instructor/Teaching Associate Professor to Principal Instructor/Teaching Professor can be found in “Titles, Roles, Appointment, Evaluation and Promotion of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Teaching and Librarian Positions,” which was approved by the Provost on Feb. 11, 2022.

Instructors will normally be considered for promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor/Teaching Associate Professor after a period of six years of continuous appointment at the rank of Instructor at greater than 50% time. Up to three years' credit towards promotion, based on previous academic service, may be awarded at the time of initial appointment. Promotion after six  years is not mandatory, nor is it a right.

Those instructor-track faculty holding the position of Senior Instructor/Teaching Associate Professor who have been exemplary teachers and members of the university community may be considered for promotion to the rank of Principal Instructor/Teaching Professor. Normally, consideration for promotion to this rank requires at least three years of continuous appointment at the rank of senior instructor. For faculty members with a 50% or greater appointment, the promotion to Principal Instructor results in the individual being granted the working title of Teaching Professor. The Principal Instructor position is not available to faculty on the clinical track.

Those holding the position of clinical assistant professor will normally be considered for promotion to the rank of clinical associate professor after a period of six years of continuous appointment at the rank of clinical assistant professor in a 50% or greater appointment.

Those clinical faculty members holding the position of clinical associate professor who have been exemplary teachers and members of the university community may be considered for the rank of clinical professor after a minimum of three years at the rank of clinical associate professor in a 50% or greater appointment.

Units will establish the criteria for promotion. The review for promotion should include a rigorous accounting of the candidate’s teaching record, using multiple measures, an evaluation of the individual’s service, and a demonstration of the individual’s continued currency in the field. 

Documentation that is required for reappointment is outlined in the College of Arts and Sciences_Non-Tenure Track Reappointment Checklist.

For more information pertaining to promotion of teaching or clinical faculty, please refer to the Reappointment and Promotion of Teaching/Clinical Faculty webpage.