|Policies Relating to Part-time faculty
See CBA, article 15
The following are
the only authorized academic titles.
- assistant professor
- emeritus/emerita professor
are two key terms that apply to part-time faculty appointments: Rank and Status.
Rank indicates academic level. At Pratt the ranks are instructor, assistant
professor, associate professor, professor. An upgrade in rank is referred to as
Status indicates employment level. At Pratt, part-time status
- adjunct with certificate
of continuous employment (CCE)
The following descriptions of ranks
are general, and are subject to the terms of the CBA.
Those with no prior teaching experience or rank are most often initially
appointed as instructors. Those with substantial professional attainment may be
appointed at higher rank.
professors will hold terminal degrees or will have achieved equivalent professional
accomplishment appropriate to their discipline.
Final determination of
what constitutes equivalence to a given degree or appropriate to a given rank
is made by the chair in consultation with the dean of the school and the provost.
Written copies of such determination will be provided to the chair of the department
or dean of the school for inclusion in the personnel file.
at the rank of assistant professor should demonstrate professional competence
in the areas of teaching, creative and scholarly work, professional activity,
and service to the Institute.
Associate professors will hold the terminal degree or equivalent professional
distinction appropriate to their disciplines.
The rank of associate professor
is normally reserved for those members of the faculty who, in addition to a consistent
level of professional competence, have demonstrated noteworthy performance in
the areas of teaching, creative and scholarly work, professional activity, and
service to the Institute. Regional recognition by peers is a demonstration of
noteworthy achievement in creative or scholarly work. Noteworthy service at the
associate professor level implies not only active involvement in the Institute,
school, department and community, but also leadership and innovative contributions.
Professors will hold the terminal
degree or equivalent professional distinction appropriate to their disciplines.
Appointment at the rank of professor is made on the evidence of cumulative
and ongoing achievements in the following areas of criteria: teaching effectiveness;
creative and scholarly work and/or professional activity; and service to the Institute.
The professorial rank is reserved for those faculty whose excellence is recognized
by peers within the Institute and peers external to the Institute.
of professor is a mark of recognition and honor reserved for the mature and seasoned
teacher whose scholarship or professional attainments reflect credit upon the
Institute. The rank will not be conferred solely as a result of seniority, administrative
service, or institutional service, and is not a mandatory promotion.
Retired members of the Pratt faculty who held tenure
at the time of their retirement are eligible for nomination to emeritus/emerita
faculty status. Tenure for the purposes of this emeritus/emerita policy includes
both full-time tenure and the certificate of continuous employment. This is an
honorary title intended to recognize meritorious faculty service to the Institute.
Normally nominations to emeritus/emerita status will be considered in the year
following the faculty member’s retirement or in any year thereafter.
nominations may be offered by any member of the current tenured faculty or by
a department chair or dean. In addition, the provost will routinely review all
recent retirements of tenured faculty and nominate those he and she deems qualified
for emeritus/emerita status.
Once a nomination is made, it will be presented
for review and recommendation by the appropriate departmental peer committee,
chair and dean, and forwarded to the provost. With the provost’s approval,
the nomination will be forwarded to the president for presentation to the academic
affairs committee of the board, and then to the board of trustees. Conferral of
emeritus/emerita status may be made only by the board of trustees. Emeritus/emerita
status is intended to recognize those members of the tenured faculty who have
served Pratt Institute with distinction. The criteria for conferral may include:
excellence in teaching; distinguished professional achievement; outstanding service
to the Institute and/or to society; and special contributions to the advancement
of Pratt Institute, its students and/or alumni.