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Statutes on Faculty Appointment, Promotion and Tenure

Chapter 301 - Faculty Titles for Members of Marquette University

Section 301.01 - The Regular Faculty

(1) Those appointed to the Regular Faculty shall devote the major and substantial portion of their professional work to teaching and research or administration under the auspices of the University. Regular Faculty are normally full time and shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor. All of these ranks are on a tenure track. A person holding a basic administrative appointment may be appointed to one of these ranks without being placed on a tenure track. Such persons are not members of the Regular Faculty.

(2) The title of a member of the Regular Faculty shall be based as appropriate upon the member's rank and the department in which the member is assigned that rank.

(3) Members of the Regular Faculty may hold more than one faculty appointment in the University; these several appointments need not be at the same rank.

(4) Regular Faculty who are not assigned to a department shall receive a title based upon the member's rank and his/her area of competence.

Section 301.02 - The Participating Faculty

Participating Faculty are officers of instruction who assist the University in teaching and research in varying degrees. The appointment may be full-time or part-time. Participating Faculty are not on a tenure track and are not entitled to continued reappointment. (*Revised May 11, 2009)

(1) Adjunct Faculty

(a) Members of the Adjunct Faculty shall be appointed for specific tasks, such as teaching, research, or clinical work. Adjunct Faculty shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Professor.

(b) An Adjunct Faculty member's title shall be based upon the member's rank and the unit in which the member is assigned rank.


(2) Artistic Faculty*

(a) Members of the Performing Arts Faculty shall be appointed for such tasks as teaching, research and other duties relating to the education of performing arts students. Performing Arts Faculty shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Artistic Assistant Professor, Artistic Associate Professor, and Artistic Professor.

(b) An Artistic Faculty member’s title shall be based upon the member’s rank and the unit in which the member is assigned rank.


(3) Clinical Faculty

(a) Members of the Clinical Faculty shall be appointed for such tasks as teaching and other duties relating to the education of students preparing for clinical practice. Clinical Faculty shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Clinical Instructor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Professor.

(b) A Clinical Faculty member's title shall be based upon the member's rank and the unit in which the member is assigned rank.

(4) Research Faculty

(a) Members of the Research Faculty shall be appointed to conduct research projects, establish independent research programs, direct graduate research, and assume other duties relating to the education of students. Research Faculty shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Professor.

(b) A Research Faculty member's title shall be based upon the member's rank and the unit in which the member is assigned rank.

(5) Legal Writing Faculty

(a) Members of the Legal Writing Faculty shall be appointed for such tasks as teaching, research and other duties relating to the education of law students. Legal Writing Faculty shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Professor of Legal Writing.

(b) A Legal Writing Faculty member’s title shall be based upon the member’s rank and the unit in which the member is assigned rank.

(6) Visiting Faculty

(a) Members of the Visiting Faculty shall be appointed to temporarily serve as full-time faculty members of this University. Visiting Faculty shall be appointed to one of the following academic ranks: Visiting Instructor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Professor.

(b) A Visiting Faculty member's title shall be based upon the member's rank and the unit in which the member is assigned rank.

(7) Clinical Supervisor

A "Clinical Supervisor" is a person assigned to observe, advise, and supervise students in clinical situations.

(8) Laboratory Supervisor

A "Laboratory Supervisor" is a person placed in charge of instructional laboratory work.

(9) Librarian

A Librarian is appointed to the libraries of the University to support the teaching and research activities of the University. A Librarian acquires, arranges, describes, and preserves books, journals and other materials in a variety of formats for the University Libraries. A Librarian interprets resources and makes them readily available to Marquette students, faculty and staff, and the broader community.

(10) Research Associate

A Research Associate is a person appointed to participate in the research activities of a college, program, department, or other appropriate unit of the University. The appointment may be made on a continuing basis at the discretion of the Provost.

(11) Lecturer

A Lecturer is an officer of instruction, engaged to teach on a part-time basis for a limited, prescribed time period.

(12) Resident Scholar

A Resident Scholar has status as an officially appointed member of a college, program, department, or other unit of the University. The status is granted only to persons who have distinguished themselves as scholars and is a non-compensated position. A Resident Scholar shall continue his or her scholarly activities under the aegis of the appointing unit. The full title of a given Resident Scholar will include the name of the appointing unit, e.g., Resident Scholar in Philosophy.

(13) Postdoctoral Fellow

A Postdoctoral Fellow is a person who has earned the doctorate (or its foreign equivalent) or the appropriate legal, medical, or dental degree but who is not an applicant or candidate for a degree in the University. Postdoctoral Fellows shall engage in research or teaching under the direction of a department of this University.

From time to time, other titles (e.g., Coordinator) may be assigned as appropriate to members of the Participating Faculty.

Section 301.03 - Emeritus Status (revised by Academic Senate on April 16, 2007, January 27,2014)

The status of emeritus is not automatically conferred upon retirement

1) The rank of emeritus may be conferred upon a retiring tenured faculty member or a retiring academic administrator whom the University designates in recognition of high quality performance throughout his/her career. In the case of faculty, this may be demonstrated through (a) sustained, meritorious performance in teaching, scholarship, and service, or (b) sustained overall performance including exceptional accomplishment in one of te three areas. In the case of retiring administrators (dean or above with faculty rank and tenure), sustained quality in the areas of leadership and administrative contributions over a substantial period of time is required. The granting of emeritus status also requires that the recipient has demonstrated a career that is congruent with the University mission.

2) Faculty members shall have served the University for at least five years. In the case of a retiring administrator, the minimum period of service is five years.