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At the time of initial appointment of a full-time faculty member, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, in
consultation with the Dean of the College and the department chair, makes a judgment about rank for the
initial contract normally using the criteria described below as approved by the Board of Regents. Exceptional
evidence of high merit or achievement may also be used to make judgments regarding assignment of initial
rank. Written copies of the decision will be provided to the college and/or department. Thereafter, rank
changes are subject to the Faculty Handbook. (Section 2.72) All initial appointments are for a maximum of two
years.
A. Instructor
Criteria for rank of instructor shall be
1. possession of a master’s degree from a graduate institution of recognized standing as a
minimum; and
2. either proven or presumptive potential to obtain the appropriate terminal degree in their area
of responsibility as determined by the college and or department (See Appendix A); and
3. either proven or presumptive potential for satisfactorily fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of
a faculty member.
B. Assistant Professor
Criteria for the rank of assistant professor normally shall be
1. demonstrated competence in teaching; and
2. possession of an appropriate terminal degree in their area of responsibility as recognized by the
college and/or department, or academic degree from a graduate institution of recognized
standing, or equivalent experience and professional recognition (e.g. recognized performance in
the creative arts, in the business community or extensive teaching experience); and
3. either proven or presumptive potential for satisfactorily fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of
a faculty member; and
4. proven or presumptive scholarship in his or her subject matter field.
C. Associate Professor
Criteria for the rank of associate professor shall be
1. evidence of sustained, noteworthy teaching effectiveness; and
2. possession of an appropriate terminal degree in their area of responsibility as recognized by the
college and/or department or academic degree from a graduate institution of recognized
standing or equivalent experience and professional recognition (e.g. recognized performance in
the creative arts, in the business community, or extensive teaching experience); and
3. a minimum of six years of full-time ranked teaching in a regionally accredited college or
university (or its equivalent) or a minimum of four years of full-time teaching at the rank of
assistant professor; and
4. evidence of noteworthy research, scholarship, creative or professional activities, and/or
community service.
D. Professor
Criteria for the rank of professor shall be
1. extraordinary teaching, scholarship, and service at Concordia University.
2. possession of an appropriate terminal degree in their area of responsibility as recognized by the
college and/or department or academic degree from a graduate institution of recognized
standing or equivalent experience and professional recognition (e.g. recognized performance in
the creative arts, in the business community, or extensive teaching experience).
3. The professor must have a minimum of twelve years of full-time ranked teaching in a regionally
accredited college or university (or its equivalent), or a minimum of four years of full-time
teaching at the rank of associate professor.

Last modified: March 15, 2018