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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 2 - Faculty and Academics
Previous Publication Date: April 7, 2017
Publication Date: November 9, 2020
Effective Date: September 1, 2020
Responsible Executive: VP for Academic Affairs


2.02 Faculty Appointments and Titles 


I. POLICY STATEMENT


It is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to provide a broad and varied mix of well-defined faculty titles that uniformly reflect a faculty member’s relationship with UTSA and will allow UTSA to recruit and appoint quality faculty.   


II. RATIONALE


This policy lists and describes all titles that may be used to appoint Tenure and Tenure-Track (T/TT) and Fixed-Term-Track faculty (FTT) at UTSA. It also defines the list of FTT titles, describes qualifications for all FTT titles, and details responsibilities of certain faculty titles.


III. SCOPE


This policy applies to all UTSA faculty.


IV. WEBSITE ADDRESS FOR THIS POLICY


http://www.utsa.edu/hop/chapter2/2.02.html


V. RELATED STATUTES, POLICIES, REQUIREMENTS OR STANDARDS


UTSA or UT System Policies or the Board of Regents Rules & Regulations        

  1. Board of Regents' Rule 31001, Faculty Appointments and Titles
  2. Board of Regents' Rule 31002, Section 1, Notice of Nonrenewal to Nontenured Faculty Members
  3. UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) policy 2.03, Emeritus Academic Titles
  4. UTSA HOP policy 2.04, Faculty Recruitment
  5. UTSA HOP policy 2.50, Fixed-Term-Track Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes
  6. UTSA HOP policy 4.09, Student Employees      

Other Policies & Standards

  1. Texas Education Code, Section 51.943, Renewal of Faculty Employment Contracts
  2. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Faculty Credential Guidelines

VI. CONTACTS


If you have any questions about HOP policy 2.02, Faculty Appointments and Titles, please contact the following office(s):

Academic Affairs
210-458-4110
Office of the Dean of the Respective College

Respective Academic Department


VII. DEFINITIONS


Faculty Member – a faculty member is any individual appointed to and holding an academic title listed in this policy, with the exception of Assistant Instructors or Teaching Assistants.

Fixed-Term Track Academic Titles - are titles in which tenure cannot be granted previously referred to as Non-Tenure Track


VIII. RESPONSIBILITIES


  1. Department Chair
    1. Determines appropriate faculty titles to meet departmental needs.
  2. Upon receiving written approval from the dean, initiations appropriate appointment process as described in HOP policy 2.04, Faculty Recruitment, or in HOP policy 2.50, Nontenure-Track (NTT) Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes. Dean
    1. Authorizes allocation of faculty positions and initiation of appropriate appointment process as described in HOP policy 2.04, Faculty Recruitment or in HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
    2. Ensures appropriate appointment processes are followed.
  3. Academic Affairs
    1. Oversees faculty appointment process.

IX. PROCEDURES


Approved Faculty Titiles and Tenure Status at UTSA

  1. Tenure/Tenure-Track Academic Titles
    1. Professor
      Tenure at UTSA may be granted to the title of Professor. Persons appointed to a named chair or professorship may be granted tenure as a Professor but may not be granted tenure in the named chair or professorship.
    2. Associate Professor
      Tenure at UTSA also may be granted to the title of Associate Professor. Persons appointed to a named chair or professorship may be granted tenure as an Associate Professor but may not be granted tenure in the named chair or professorship.  Appointments at UTSA as Associate Professor generally are granted tenure, although an individual may be hired with this title without tenure.
    3. Assistant Professor
      This title denotes a "tenure-track" probationary appointment. At UTSA, tenure cannot be granted to faculty with the title of Assistant Professor.
  2. FTT Academic Titles, one to three academic year appointment permitted
    For the following academic titles, tenure cannot be granted and appointments are contingent upon available funding, performance, and enrollment availability. Academic service with these titles may not be counted toward the satisfaction of any maximum probationary period.

    Appointments to these titles shall be for a fixed term, for a period of time no less than one academic year and not to exceed three academic years unless stated below, dependent upon the title and rank as stated below. All such appointments shall terminate at the expiration of the stated period of appointment without the notification of nonrenewal of appointment required by the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 31002, Section 1.  Renewal of appointments, as prescribed below, may be offered by the administration if it determines that it is to the benefit of the university, College or Department to do so.

    HOP policy 2.50, Fixed-Term Track Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes, contains policies and procedures regarding the promotion and recruitment of faculty into Lecturer, Professors of Practice, Professors of Research, Professors of Instruction and Clinical Professor positions, as well as policies and procedures regarding workload duties and evaluations for those positions.
    1. Professor of Instruction Series
      1. Professor of Instruction
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction. The title may also be used to designate faculty who, in lieu of a terminal degree, have ten or more academic years of teaching experience and one or both of the following: 1) an honorific faculty title; 2) a state or national teaching award.
        2. Requirements: In addition to the criteria at the associate rank, a Professor of Instruction must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as an Associate Professor of Instruction at UTSA or similar experience at another institution, as well as continued growth of reputation and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which they are appointed. Individuals in this rank have demonstrated state, national, and/or international recognition of their teaching and expertise through professional contributions or scholarly activity related to instruction.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Associate Professor of Instruction or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. Full Time Employee (FTE): The expectation for this title is a full-time appointment.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years
        6. Renewal:  Subsequent appointments periods of up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      2. Associate Professor of Instruction
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction. The title may also be used to designate faculty who, in lieu of a terminal degree, have 10 or more academic years of teaching experience and one or both of the following: 1) an honorific faculty title; 2) a state or national teaching award.
        2. Requirements: A FTT Faculty Member who has demonstrated continued excellence in teaching and has shown growth of reputation and maturation of teaching over the period of appointment as an Assistant Professor of Instruction at UTSA or similar experience at another institution. Individuals in this rank have demonstrated recognition of teaching or expertise related to the program to which s/he is appointed through professional and instructional/programmatic contributions, such as course, curricular, assessment metrics, and/or rubric development. Promotion to this rank necessitates evidence of outstanding success of engagement/service/scholarly service component as well in the area of instruction.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Assistant Professor of Instruction or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. FTE: The expectation for this title is for full-time appointment.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal: Subsequent appointment periods of up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      3. Assistant Professor of Instruction
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction. The title may also be used to designate faculty who, in lieu of a terminal degree, have 10 or more academic years of teaching experience and one or both of the following: 1) an honorific faculty title; 2) a state or national teaching award.
        2. Requirements: A FTT Faculty Member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed, as well as the potential for future service.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Senior Lecturer position or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. FTE: The expectation for this title is for full-time appointment.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is one to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Appointments can be renewed by the Dean up to a total maximum combined limit of ten academic years, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 

    2. Professor of Research Series
      1. Professor of Research
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in research.
        2. Requirements: a Professor of Research must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding research and service over the period of appointment as an Associate Professor of Research at UTSA or similar experience at another institution. Individuals appointed to this rank must also show continued growth of reputation and maturation of expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed. These individuals have demonstrated state, national, and/or international recognition of their expertise through professional contributions or research.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Associate Professor of Research position or as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Subsequent appointments up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations.
      2. Associate Professor of Research
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in research.
        2. Requirements: In addition to the criteria at the assistant rank, a Associate Professor of Research must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding research and service over the period of appointment as an Assistant Professor of Research at UTSA or similar experience at another institution. Individuals appointed to this rank must also show continued growth of reputation and maturation of expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed. These individuals have demonstrated state, and/or national recognition of their expertise through professional contributions or research.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Assistant Professor of Research position or as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.  
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.  
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal: Subsequent appointments up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      3. Assistant Professor of Research
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in research.
        2. Requirements: A FTT Faculty Member who has demonstrated excellence in research activity in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed, as well as the potential for future professional achievement.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.  
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is one to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Appointments can be renewed by the Dean up to a total maximum combined limit of ten academic years, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      4. Post-Doctoral Fellow
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty with a terminal degree primarily engaged in research.
        2. Requirements: A FTT Faculty Member who has demonstrated research activity in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed, as well as the potential for excellence in future professional achievement in research activity.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.  
        4. The expectation for this title is for full-time appointment.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two academic years. Maximum appointment period is seven academic years; minimum appointment period is one academic year.
        6. Renewal:  Appointments can be renewed by the Dean up to a total maximum combined limit of seven academic years, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
    3. Professor of Practice Series
      1. Professor of Practice
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate level courses by virtue of professional experience (teaching or expertise in areas related to the program) in lieu of typical academic credentials. Additionally, the title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach graduate level courses based on a terminal degree or alternative credentialing.
        2. Requirements: a full Professor of Practice must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as an Associate Professor of Practice at UTSA or similar experience at another institution, as well as continued growth of reputation at a state, national and/or international level and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Associate Professor of Practice or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        5. Appointment period:  Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Subsequent appointments up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      2. Associate Professor of Practice
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate level courses by virtue of professional experience (teaching or expertise in areas related to the program) in lieu of typical academic credentials. Additionally, the title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach graduate level courses based on a terminal degree or alternative credentialing.
        2. Requirements: In addition to the criteria at the assistant rank, an Associate Professor of Practice must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as an Assistant Professor of Practice at UTSA or similar experience at another institution, as well as continued growth of reputation and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed. Individuals in this rank have demonstrated recognition of teaching or expertise related to the program to which s/he is appointed through professional and instructional/programmatic contributions.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Assistant Professor of Practice or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        5. Appointment period:  Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Subsequent appointments up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      3. Assistant Professor of Practice
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate level courses by virtue of professional experience (teaching or expertise in areas related to the program) in lieu of typical academic credentials. Additionally, the title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach graduate level courses based on a terminal degree or alternative credentialing.
        2. Requirements: Must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as well as continued growth of reputation and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed as well as the potential for future professional achievement and/or community engagement/service.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a result of a promotion from the Senior Lecturer position or as a search process as described under HOP 2.50, NTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        5. Appointment period:  Typical appointment period is one to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Appointments can be renewed by the Dean up to a total maximum combined limit of ten academic years, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
    4. Lecturer Series
      1. Senior Lecturer
        1. Purpose: This FTT faculty title may be used for faculty primarily engaged in undergraduate instruction.
        2. Requirements: 1) Master’s degree, 2) Teaching and related experience at UTSA or commensurate experience at another institution, and 3) demonstrated high levels of performance as indicated by formal review.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Lecturer position or as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. FTE: The expectation for this title is for full-time appointment.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Appointments can be renewed by the Dean without limit contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      2. Lecturer
        1. Purpose: This FTT faculty title may be used for faculty engaged in undergraduate instruction who will augment and complement teaching faculty and whose teaching experience and capabilities are comparable to those in untenured, tenure-track positions.
        2. Requirements: Master’s degree.
        3. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        5. Appointment period:  Typical appointment period is one to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years
        6. Renewal:  Appointments can be renewed by the Dean up to a total maximum combined limit of ten academic years for full-time lecturers, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
    5. Clinical Professor Series
      1. Clinical Professor
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses by virtue of professional experience in lieu of typical academic credentials while involved in a health professions clinical experience program.
        2. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        3. Requirements: In addition to the criteria at the associate rank, a full Clinical Professor must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor at UTSA or similar experience at another institution, as well as a state, national and/or international reputation and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed.
        4. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Clinical Associate Professor or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal: Subsequent appointments up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations. 
      2. Clinical Associate Professor
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses by virtue of professional experience in lieu of typical academic credentials while involved in a health professions clinical experience program.
        2. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        3. Requirements: In addition to the criteria at the assistant rank, a Clinical Associate Professor must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UTSA or similar experience at another institution, as well as continued growth of reputation at a state and national level and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed.
        4. Process: Appointment to this position may occur as a promotion from the Clinical Assistant Professor or as a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        5. Appointment period:  Typical appointment period is two to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years.
        6. Renewal:  Subsequent appointments up to three academic years can be renewed by the Dean without limit, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations.
      3. Clinical Assistant Professor
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses by virtue of professional experience in lieu of typical academic credentials while involved in a health professions clinical experience program.
        2. This appointment may be full- or part-time.
        3. Requirements: Must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as well as continued growth of reputation and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed as well as the potential for future professional achievement and/or community engagement/service.
        4. Process: As a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        5. Appointment period: Typical appointment period is one to three academic years. Maximum appointment period is three academic years
        6. Renewal: Appointments can be renewed by the Dean without limit up to a total maximum combined limit of ten academic years, contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations.
      4. Clinical Instructor
        1. Purpose: This title may be used to designate part-time service for FTT faculty qualified to teach undergraduate courses by virtue of professional experience in lieu of typical academic credentials while involved in a health professions clinical experience program.
        2. Requirements: Must be a FTT Faculty Member who provides evidence of continued outstanding teaching and service over the period of appointment as well as continued growth of reputation and maturation of teaching and expertise in areas related to the program to which s/he is appointed as well as the potential for future professional achievement and/or community engagement/service.
        3. Process: As a result of a search process as described under HOP 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. The expectation for this title is for part-time appointment.
        5. Appointment period: Typical Appointment period is one academic year. Maximum appointment period is one year, minimum appointment period is one year.
        6. Renewal: Subsequent one academic year appointments can be renewed by the Dean without limit contingent on annual performance reviews that meet or exceed expectations.
  3. C. FTT academic titles, appointment period not to exceed one year

    For the following academic titles, tenure cannot be granted and appointments are contingent upon available funding. With the exception of the title of Instructor, academic service with these titles may not be counted toward the satisfaction of any maximum probationary period.

    Appointments to these titles shall be for a period of time not to exceed one academic year unless stated below. All such appointments shall terminate at the expiration of the stated period of appointment without the notification of nonrenewal of appointment required by the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 31002, Section 1

      1. Faculty Associate: This title may be applied to a person assigned to a research or non-teaching center, institute, or other unit or interdisciplinary program of a component institution.
      2. Specialist: This title may be used for professional individuals who will serve as practitioners in specific areas of instruction, training, or supervision. In accordance with institutional policy, the title may carry appropriate descriptive prefixes to indicate the specific areas of proficiency, such as Practice Teaching Specialist, Physical Activity Specialist, or Social Work Field Training Specialist. Renewals may be offered on the appointment if it is determined that it is to its benefit to do so.
      3. Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, and Visiting Assistant Professor: These titles are used only for temporary appointments of persons either visiting from other institutions where they hold similar rank or who are brought to the university on a time-limited basis to address focused institutional academic needs. Such appointments are for one academic year and can be renewed one time by the Dean.
      4. Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, and Adjunct Assistant Professor: These titles may be used when a qualified person from business, industry, government, private practice or higher education may be teaching courses or participating in the teaching of courses at the institution. Except in special circumstances, this prefix should be used to designate part-time service on the faculty that is not expected to recur and be renewed beyond one academic year. Appointments to the faculty with an adjunct title may be with or without pay and must be for a stated period of time not to exceed one academic year. Such appointments shall terminate upon expiration of the stated period of appointment without notification of nonrenewal of appointment required by the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 31002, Section 1. If UTSA determines that it is to its benefit, and with the approval of the Dean and Provost, reappointment for no more than one additional academic year can be extended.
      5. Adjoint Professor, Adjoint Associate Professor, and Adjoint Assistant Professor: These titles may be used to designate faculty who serve UTSA in cooperative or joint programs pursuant to a memorandum of understanding, cooperative research and development agreement, or similar partnership instrument. Persons holding these titles will be employees of and compensated by the partnership organization. They will not be deemed employees of UTSA. They will have, however, the same obligations, responsibilities, and authority as regular faculty employed directly by UTSA when performing faculty functions pursuant to the agreement. Appointments will usually be part-time for the purpose of supervising theses and dissertations or for teaching highly specialized courses. The terms and conditions of the appointment will be specified in the institutional agreement with the partner organization.
      6. Instructor
        Only for this title of Instructor can academic service be counted toward the satisfaction of any maximum probationary period.
        1. Purpose: This title denotes a probationary appointment. It should be used when tenure-track faculty are hired without the completion of their dissertation (ABDs). 
        2. Requirements: Faculty hired as Instructors who have not completed their dissertation shall complete their doctoral degree no later than one year after appointment as Instructor.  A Faculty member can only be appointed as Instructor for one year.
        3. Process: Faculty in this title have until the first day of employment to complete their doctoral degree. If the faculty does not, they will be appointed as an Instructor with a ten percent reduction in his/her negotiated academic rate. Upon completion of their doctoral degree, they will be appointed as a tenure track faculty and their negotiated salary rate will be restored. Appointment to this position may occur as a result of a search process as described under HOP policy 2.50, FTT Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes.
        4. FTE: The expectation for this title is for full-time appointments.
        5. Appointment period:  Appointment period is up to one year. 
        6. Renewal: Appointment as an Instructor cannot be renewed
      7. Graduate Teaching Associate
        1. Purpose: This title may be used in limited circumstances for certain graduate students, upon approval by the appropriate College Dean and the Dean of the Graduate School.
        2. Requirements: Students have successfully defended their dissertation proposal, have had their dissertation committee approved at UTSA, and are unconditionally enrolled in graduate study.
        3. Process: Students in this title may occur from appointment by Department Chair with Dean approval.
        4. This appointment may be part-time only.
        5. Appointment period: Cannot exceed two academic years. 
        6. Renewal: Appointment is contingent upon continued satisfactory progress in the doctoral program and can be renewed one time with approval by the Dean and Dean of the Graduate School.
      8. Teaching Assistant

        Teaching Assistant I
        This title may be used for a graduate student who is enrolled in a master’s degree program in the area for which s/he is employed, has completed less than 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline, and holds a bachelor’s degree appropriate to that area. These persons may supervise laboratories or discussion sections with proper guidance and supervision to ensure quality instruction. A Teaching Assistant I may not be assigned as an instructor of record. The department chair is responsible for assuring that all Teaching Assistants are carefully supervised.

        Teaching Assistant II
        This title may be used for a graduate student who has completed at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline to which s/he is assigned to teach. These persons may teach selected lower or upper-division courses or supervise laboratories with proper guidance and supervision of a faculty member to ensure quality instruction. The department chair is responsible for assuring that all Teaching Assistants are carefully supervised.
        1. Purpose: This title may be used in selected classes and supervise laboratory or discussion sections under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
        2. Requirements: This title applies to graduate students who are unconditionally enrolled in graduate study at UTSA.
        3. Process: Students in this title may occur from appointment by department chair.
        4. This appointment may be part-time only.
        5. Appointment period: up to one year. 
        6. Renewal: Appointment is contingent upon continued satisfactory progress in the graduate program.

        D. Honorific Titles

          1. Distinguished Teaching Professor
              1. Purpose: In recognition of their significant contributions to education, members of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars may use the honorific title Distinguished Teaching Professor upon approval by the Provost and President.
              2. Requirements: A FTT, Tenure Track or Tenured Faculty Member also in ADTS who has demonstrated excellence in teaching activity in areas related to the program to which they are appointed. The use of this title may be conferred only upon the recommendation of the Provost and approval by the President.
              3. Process: To be eligible for this title, the nominee must be a full time UTSA faculty member and an active member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Nominees should have a distinguished record of teaching excellence, as well as a record of promoting continuous development of teaching excellence and improvement among their colleagues. Nominations for this title shall be made by at least one member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars to the ADTS chair. Nominations will be reviewed by the UTSA Instructional Advisory Board (IAB). IAB recommendations will be forwarded to the Provost for consideration.
          1. Professor Emeritus
              1. Purpose: These titles may be given to a retired Faculty Member or in anticipation of the retirement of a Faculty Member, effective upon his or her retirement.
              2. Requirements: The conferring of one of these titles is not automatic upon retirement and may be conferred only upon the recommendation of the Provost and approval by the President or their delegate in accordance with procedures included in the UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures and final approval by the Board of Regents.
              3. Process: The UTSA procedures for nominations to an emeritus title follow the normal faculty review process as approved within the several colleges and as described in HOP policy 2.03, Emeritus Academic Titles.

          E. Procedures for Appointing UTSA Faculty

          1. Tenure or Tenure Track Appointments as Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor
            The hiring department must follow the recruitment process set forth in HOP policy 2.04, Faculty Recruitment.
          2. FTT Appointments in all levels of Lecturers, in the Professor of Practice Series, in the Professor of Research Series, in the Professor of Clinical Professor Series, and in the Professor of Instruction Series
            The department must follow the recruitment/promotion process set forth in HOP policy 2.50, FTT Recruitment, Evaluation and Promotion Processes.
          3. FTT Appointments as Specialist, Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjoint Professor, Adjoint Associate Professor, Adjoint Assistant Professor, Post-Doctoral Fellow The hiring department will contact the Dean’s Office or Academic Affairs for appointment procedures.
          4. FTT Appointments as Teaching Assistant I and Teaching Assistant II
            The hiring department will contact the Dean’s Office for appointment procedures specific to the college.
          5. Distinguished Teaching The hiring department will contact Academic Affairs for appointment procedures if not outlined above.
          6. Professor Emeritus
            The department must follow the process set forth in HOP policy 2.03, Emeritus Academic Titles.

X. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INITIAL IMPLEMENTATION


This policy applies to all UTSA faculty. The criteria established for the various titles apply only to positions created after the policy’s effective date.


XI. FORMS AND TOOLS/ONLINE PROCESSES


None


XII. APPENDIX


None