4.1.1 General ProvisionsAll faculty positions shall be identified by titles specified in Regents’ Rule 31001. There are three faculty appointment types: Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty, Other Faculty, and Honorary Titles. Assistant Instructors and Teaching Assistants are not faculty titles.
4.1.2 Academic Titles
22.214.171.124 Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Titles - The only academic titles that may be used for tenured and tenure-track faculty are Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor.
126.96.36.199 Other Faculty Titles - The following titles may be awarded to faculty who are not on the tenure track.
188.8.131.52.1 Faculty of Instruction - Professor of Instruction, Associate Professor of Instruction, and Assistant Professor of Instruction are titles used to designate full-time, non-tenure-track faculty primarily engaged in instruction who hold terminal degrees relevant to the disciplines in which they teach. Appointment to these titles may be with or without pay.
184.108.40.206.2 Lecturers - Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Lecturer are titles used to designate full-time, non-tenure-track faculty primarily engaged in instruction who do not hold terminal degrees relevant to the disciplines in which they teach.
220.127.116.11.3 Clinical Faculty - Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Clinical Instructor are titles used to designate full-time or part-time non-tenure-track faculty members involved in a professional clinical experience program related to patient care and/or clinical administration. Clinical Instructors are those who do not hold terminal degrees; Clinical Assistant Professors, Clinical Associate Professors, and Clinical Professors hold terminal degrees. These appointments may be with or without pay.
18.104.22.168.4 Research Faculty - Professor of Research, Associate Professor of Research, and Assistant Professor of Research are titles used to designate full-time or part-time non-tenure-track faculty members who hold terminal degrees and whose professional activities involve a primary commitment to research.
22.214.171.124.5 Faculty of Practice - Professor of Practice, Associate Professor of Practice, and Assistant Professor of Practice are titles used to designate full-time or part-time non-tenure-track faculty members who are qualified for their academic appointments by virtue of their professional experience, rather than traditional academic degrees or credentials. These appointments may be with or without pay.
126.96.36.199.6 Adjunct Faculty - Adjunct Faculty is a title used to designate qualified persons from business, industry, government, private practice, or another institution of higher education, and who may teach a course or participate in the teaching of a course. Such appointments shall be for a semester or part of term and shall terminate at the end of the semester or part of term without notification of nonrenewal. Compensation for paid adjunct appointments is conducted on a course-by-course basis (non-salaried). If the University determines that it is to the benefit of the University, it may offer reappointment to an adjunct faculty member in accordance with Texas Education Code, Section 51.943.
188.8.131.52.7 Visiting Faculty - Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, and Visiting Assistant Professor are temporary titles used to designate individuals either visiting from other institutions where they hold similar ranks or who are brought to the institution on a trial basis. Visiting Assistant Professor may be used to designate an individual who is hired to fill an Assistant Professor position and who has not yet completed a terminal degree. All visiting faculty appointments are not to exceed one year, and may be renewed for an additional term not to exceed one additional year. These appointments shall terminate upon expiration of the stated period of appointment without notification of nonrenewal.
184.108.40.206.8 Specialists - Specialist is a title used to designate a professional individual who will serve as a practitioner in a specific area of instruction, training, or supervision. In accordance with institutional policy, the title may carry appropriate descriptive prefixes to indicate the specific areas of proficiency, such as Practice Teaching Specialist, Physical Activity Specialist, or Pharmacy Practice Specialist.
Unless specified otherwise below, appointments with these titles shall be for one academic year and shall terminate upon expiration of the stated period of appointment without notification of nonrenewal. If the University determines that it is to the benefit of the University, the University may offer reappointment to one of these titles in accordance with Texas Education Code, Section 51.943. For Faculty of Instruction, Distinguished Senior Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Clinical Faculty, Research Faculty, and Faculty of Practice, if to the benefit of the University, an appointment may be for a period of two academic years or maximum of three academic years, and would terminate at the end of the stated period of appointment without notification of nonrenewal.
220.127.116.11 Honorary Titles (Emeritus or Emerita Professor) (Revised 12/9/2020)
18.104.22.168.1 The Emeritus or Emerita status recognizes meritorious service by a retiring faculty member: e.g., a recognized faculty member retiring at the rank of Professor becomes Professor Emeritus or Emerita, a recognized faculty member retiring at the rank of Assistant Professor of Instruction becomes Assistant Professor of Instruction Emeritus or Emerita, etc.
Exceptional and meritorious service may be demonstrated by contributions to instruction, to a discipline, to the University or community, or to student life in such a way as to bring honor to the University.
The privileges of this honorary rank shall include: a) technology services, such as e-mail and UTEP Wi-Fi, b) discounted inner campus parking, c) discounted software purchases, d) library access, e) access to the University’s Employee Assistance Program for legal, travel, and other services, f) discounted dinner theatre and athletics tickets, and g) other services normally available to active members of the faculty.
22.214.171.124.2 Nominations for Emeritus/a status shall be initiated in the faculty member's department. The nomination must be accompanied by documentation of exceptional and meritorious service, including at least two letters of support from faculty or others outside the candidate's department. The documents shall be reviewed and recommendations made, in turn, by departmental colleagues, the Department Chair, the Dean of the College, and the Provost. If it is determined that the criteria are met, the recommendations shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Emeritus Committee. The Emeritus Committee shall comprise distinguished faculty at the rank of Professor to be appointed by the President of the Faculty Senate. The Emeritus Committee shall make recommendations to the Provost, who shall then present his/her recommendations to the President for appropriate action.
126.96.36.199 Students with Instructional Duties
188.8.131.52.1 Assistant Instructor – This title is used for graduate students who serve as instructors of record for courses. It applies to those who are in the last phase of their doctoral programs and who are unconditionally enrolled in graduate study, or those who otherwise do not qualify for one of the usual academic titles and do not hold the academic training or professional distinction usually required for attaining tenured positions.
184.108.40.206.2 Teaching Assistant – This title applies to students who assist faculty and who are employed on a part-time basis. Teaching assistants are not instructors of record for courses.
Individuals who are affiliated with the University in other, unpaid non-faculty roles may be eligible for recognition and/or access to certain information systems, resources, or physical spaces on campus. For information about documenting these non-employee non-faculty affiliations appropriately, the Office of Human Resources should be contacted.