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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Job Descriptions



Last updated on 10/19/04

The Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York, provide descriptions of full-time faculty positions as follows:

Section 11.7. INSTRUCTORS, ASSISTANT PROFESSORS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS, AND PROFESSORS.

A. Position Definition:
It shall be the responsibility of instructors, assistant professors, associate
professors and professors to perform teaching, research, and guidance duties.
They shall also, among other things, be responsible for committee and
departmental assignments. They shall perform those administrative, supervisory,
and other functions as may be assigned by the appropriate college or university
authorities. Associate professors and professors, as the senior faculty shall
have special responsibilities for maintaining the academic vitality of their
departments. One of the principal means of exercising this responsibility is the
continuation of peer evaluations of teaching members of the instructional staff,
with special attention to their diligence in teaching and professional growth.
Another chief responsibility of the senior faculty is to orient their junior and
newly appointed colleagues. Senior faculty shall be available for such
consultation and assistance in problems of both scholarship and teaching as the
junior faculty may require.

B. Qualifications:

1. INSTRUCTOR.
For appointment as an instructor, the candidate must have demonstrated
satisfactory qualities of personality and character, ability to teach
successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement and
willingness to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. He/she
must also have an appropriate master's degree from an accredited institution, or
active progress toward a doctorate.

2. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.
For appointment as or promotion (for instructors appointed prior to October 1,
1968) to assistant professor, the candidate must have demonstrated satisfactory
qualities of personality and character, evidence of significant success as a
teacher, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement and
willingness to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. He/she
must also have obtained the ph.d. degree, or an equivalent degree, in an
accredited university except that persons holding positions on December 31, 1975
as assistant professors or instructors in the community colleges shall have a
master's degree and four years of appropriate teaching, technological, or
industrial experience or the ph.d. degree. In the libraries, for promotion to or
appointment as assistant professor, the candidate must, in addition to the
requirements of instructor, have completed a doctorate or an additional master's
degree and in exceptional cases some other logical combination of two years'
graduate study or more beyond the bachelor's degree.

3. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.
For promotion or appointment to the rank of associate professor, the candidate
must possess the qualifications for an assistant professor, must have obtained
the ph.d. or an equivalent degree from an accredited university, and in addition
he/she must possess a record of significant achievement in his/her field or
profession, or as a college or university administrator. There shall be evidence
that his/her alertness and intellectual energy are respected outside his/her own
immediate academic community. There shall be evidence of his/her continued
growth and of continued effectiveness in teaching. Longevity and seniority alone
shall not be sufficient for promotion.
In the libraries, for promotion to or appointment as associate professor, the
candidate must, in addition to the requirements set forth for assistant
professors in the libraries, possess a record of significant achievement in
his/her profession. There shall be evidence that his/her competence and
achievements are recognized and respected outside his/her won immediate
community.

4. PROFESSOR.
For promotion or appointment to the rank of professor, the candidate must
possess the qualifications for an associate professor, and in addition a record
of exceptional intellectual, educational, or artistic achievement and an
established reputation for excellence in teaching and scholarship in his/her
discipline. There shall be evidence of his/her continued growth and the judgment
on promotion shall consider primarily evidence of achievement in teaching and
scholarship following the most recent promotion. Longevity and seniority alone
shall not be sufficient for promotion.