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7.3.1 Minimum Academic Requirements for Appointment to Academic Rank in the University

Approved by Academic Council, Faculty, Administration

Instructor. A master's degree or its equivalent in the field of specialization and promise of teaching success and of scholarly or artistic achievements; a candidate without a master's degree must have equivalent educational or professional experience in the appropriate area of instructional responsibility, and the recommendation for appointment must contain a statement of this equivalence. The rank of Instructor is not a tenure eligible appointment.

Assistant Professor. An earned doctorate or terminal degree in the field of specialization, demonstrated potential for sustained high quality teaching in the field of academic responsibility, and potential for sustained high quality scholarly or artistic achievements in the field of academic appointment, and an expectation for contributions to University and professional service appropriate to the mission of the department and academic unit. A candidate without an earned doctorate or terminal degree must have equivalent educational or professional experience in the area of instructional responsibility, and the recommendation for appointment or promotion must contain a statement of this equivalence.

Associate Professor. An earned doctorate or terminal degree in the field of specialization, a sustained record, taking into account growth and development, of high quality teaching and high quality scholarly or artistic achievements in the field of academic appointment, and appropriate University and professional service. A candidate without an earned doctorate or terminal degree must have equivalent educational or professional experience in the area of instructional responsibility, and the recommendation for appointment or promotion must contain a statement of this equivalence.

Professor. An earned doctorate or terminal degree in the field of specialization, a continued record of high quality teaching and high quality scholarly or artistic achievements in the field of academic appointment and substantial contributions and leadership in University and/or professional service. A candidate without an earned doctorate or terminal degree must have equivalent educational or professional experience in the area of instructional responsibility, and the recommendation for appointment or promotion must contain a statement of this equivalence.

Lecturer. Approved as 4.3.4 Academic Council, Faculty, Administration 90-91 A candidate for lecturer shall have the special experience, skill, or training to meet an instructional need of the University. The candidate need not satisfy minimum requirements for appointment to the faculty of the University listed above, but written justification of the appointment shall accompany the dean's recommendation to the Provost. While holding an appointment as a lecturer no person shall be eligible for tenure, nor shall service in this appointment be counted toward meeting minimum time requirements for promotion and/or the probationary period for tenure. Each appointment as a lecturer in the University will be for a specific period of time. A review of each such appointment will be conducted consistent with the University guidelines for faculty evaluation before a renewed appointment is proffered. The rank of Lecturer is not a tenure eligible appointment.

At the McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific the minimum degree requirement for appointment to any of the academic ranks is a J.D. degree or its equivalent.