Faculty Ranks and Qualifications

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In general, faculty should hold an earned doctoral or terminal degree obtained from a recognized university that is accredited regionally or nationally. Exceptions may be made in cases where candidates have outstanding or substantial industry experience in addition to a master's degree and professional certification, i.e., a CPA for an accounting faculty position. In some areas, a master's degree is considered a terminal degree, such as fine and applied arts (M.F.A. or studio-M.F.A. plus relevant experience).

a) Instructor

The rank of instructor is provisional. An instructor shall be promoted to the rank of assistant professor at the beginning of the semester following the receipt of the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in his/her field. Individuals shall be selected on the basis of their potential as scholars and teachers. They shall hold a master's degree or its equivalent, except in special cases, together with additional indications of scholarship and teaching ability sufficient to give high promise that the candidate may subsequently achieve the qualifications required for promotion to a professorial rank.

b) Assistant Professor

An appointee to this rank must:

  • Have demonstrated the potential to achieve excellence in teaching and scholarly or creative activities.
  • Have demonstrated professional growth in her/his field.

In addition to the requirements for an instructor, the appointee needs to have earned a doctorate, or in circumstances in which the doctorate is not the usual degree, an alternative to the doctorate, as follows:

  • Architecture, first professional degree (B.Arch. or M. Arch.), plus the Registered Architect, Professional Engineer, or equivalent.
  • Interior Design, a master in Interior Design plus NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification.
  • Communication Arts, the M.S. plus several years of full-time or equivalent full-time relevant professional or teaching experience.
  • Fine and Applied Arts:
    • Applied Communication Arts: M.F.A. plus significant, relevant experience.
    • Studio: M.F.A. plus significant, relevant experience and shows.
    • Applied Art: M.A. in a relevant field or M.F.A., plus significant relevant experience.
  • Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy: master's or professional doctorate in a relevant field and professional licensure, with complementary research doctorate preferred.
c) Associate Professor

The criteria for appointment to assistant professor plus:

  • For a promotion to the rank of associate professor, six (6) years of relevant teaching experience in the academic rank of assistant professor, which shall include at least three (3) years full-time teaching at NYIT.
  • Superior teaching and scholarship performance, and demonstrated service and other academic and professional achievements.
d) Professor

The criteria for appointment to associate professor plus:

  • A record of continuing distinction in research, scholarship or creative endeavors in the field. The scholarship record should clearly provide evidences of national and/or international distinction and reputation.
  • Demonstrated excellent teaching ability and shown continuing active engagement with students in and outside of the classroom.
  • A record of continuing evidence of relevant and effective professional service and demonstrated – ability for continuing achievement in all areas.
  • At least 12 years of full-time teaching experience in a college or university, including at least six of those years in the rank of associate professor, and at least six years of full-time teaching at NYIT.

Faculty may apply for promotion to a higher academic rank according to the promotion process described in section 3.7 in this document.