Apr 14, 2024  
Faculty Handbook 2023 - 2024 
Faculty Handbook 2023 - 2024

4.1.1 - Faculty Appointments

Appointments to the faculty with academic rank and administrative faculty appointments with rank and/or tenure-track status are made through the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, typically upon the recommendation of a department head and dean. Such appointments are approved by the President.

Tenure Track Appointments

Tenure and tenure track appointments are restricted to regular full-time teaching faculty employed on a continuing basis and to academic administrative faculty with professorial rank (i.e., Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor).

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

  • Lecturers and Senior Lecturers (as defined below)
  • Full-time clinical, research, and librarian faculty with rank
  • Limited term, part-time and adjunct faculty
  • Full-time instructional or administrative faculty with rank who are explicitly employed in a non-tenure track status

Corps of Instruction - Full-time professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and teaching personnel with such other titles as may be approved by the Board, shall be the Corps of Instruction. Full-time research and extension personnel and duly certified librarians will be included in the Corps of Instruction on the basis of comparable training. Persons holding part-time and adjunct appointments or other honorary titles shall not be considered to be members of the faculty (BoR Policy Manual

Professorial Rank - Faculty who hold an earned doctorate, acceptable terminal degree, or other acceptable credential, are appointed to one of the professorial ranks (see KSU Faculty Handbook Section 3.6  for additional information regarding expectations for rank, performance, promotion, and tenure).

  1. Assistant Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Research Assistant Professor, and Librarian Assistant Professor - relatively inexperienced faculty who are in an early stage of becoming established in their academic careers in higher education.
  2. Associate Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Research Associate Professor, and Librarian Associate Professor - experienced faculty members who have established a solid foundation for continued success in the academy, but who may be at an early stage of academic career development. 
  3. Professor, Clinical Professor, Research Professor, and Librarian Professor - highly experienced and senior members of the faculty who have become highly accomplished in their teaching effectiveness and scholarship or service.

Lecturers - To carry out special instructional functions, such as basic skills instruction, instructional staff members may be appointed to the position of lecturer. Lecturers are not eligible for the award of tenure. Not more than 20% of KSU’s FTE corps of primarily undergraduate instruction may be lecturers and/or senior lecturers.

Senior Lecturers - Initial appointment at the rank of senior lecturer is reserved for those with extensive experiences and accomplishments. Promotion to senior lecturer, or initial appointment at the rank of senior lecturer, requires approval by the President. Senior lecturers are not eligible for the award of tenure.

All faculty assigned to teach a course at KSU must meet the qualifications outlined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Faculty Qualifications Credentials Guidelines. In alignment with the SACSCOC Faculty Credentials Guidelines and SACSCOC Principle 6.2a, KSU qualifies faculty to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in one of two ways. 

  • Academically Qualified - KSU faculty engage in a collaborative process by discipline to identify the appropriate degrees and majors necessary to teach the content of each course within a program. These recommendations are vetted and approved by department chairs, deans, and Academic Affairs. If an individual’s degree and major is one that has been approved for a course, the faculty member is identified as being academically qualified. 
  • Experientially Justified - If a faculty member does not possess a degree and/or major that has been approved to teach a course, faculty must submit a justification explaining how their professional experiences, licensures, industry certifications, research, service, or other activities qualify them to teach the course content. This justification is reviewed and approved by the Department Chair and the SACSCOC Liaison.