Recruiting and hiring procedures for research faculty are managed by the Research and Innovation Office (RIO).

Research Professor Series

Additional: RIO Research Professor Overview

Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Assistant Research Professor, Senior Research Instructor and Research Instructor: These titles are used for persons with qualifications similar to the Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Senior Instructor and Instructor respectively. (See Sections on Non Tenure-Track Faculty and Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty for descriptions of the academic qualifications for these titles.) These faculty are involved in research and have limited involvement in the instructional programs at the University.

Research Associate Series

Individuals holding titles in this series are not involved in an instructional program at the University.

Additional: HR Research Associate Overview

Professional Research Assistant (PRA)

This title is held by individuals competent to carry out research or scholarly work of a quality comparable to that produced by a graduate student research assistant. Other persons eligible to be considered for appointment to the PRA title would be individuals, such as Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, who possess professional skills and competencies that can be applied to assist the professor directly in the support of the research program. A PRA works in a collaborative role with the principal investigator and contributes substantively to the investigation and analysis of the project. As a collaborator on the project, the PRA may receive full credit as co-author of publications and technical reports, and shares responsibilities in the research setting. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required for appointment to the Professional Research Assistant title.

Senior Professional Research Assistant

This title is held by individuals to carry out research or scholarly work of a quality comparable to that produced by an advanced Graduate Student Research Assistant. Appointment to this title is regarded as a promotion above the rank of PRA. The master’s degree or equivalent experience is required for appointment as a Senior PRA.

Research Associate

This title is granted to persons holding the doctor’s degree or its equivalent and whose academic qualifications may be comparable to the regular faculty ranks of Associate Professor or Assistant Professor.

Senior Research Associate

This title is granted to persons who, because of demonstrated superior service and performance, are recognized by the University as outstanding researchers in their field. Appointment to this position is to be regarded as a promotion above the existing rank of Research Associate, and may be comparable to the regular faculty rank of Professor.