2:045 Definition of Faculty
|Austin Peay State
|Definition of Faculty
||March 25, 2017
||Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to provide a definition of the term
The purpose of this policy is to provide a definition of the term “faculty” for the
University policies which do not otherwise define that term, and to relate faculty
status and academic rank. The University may further develop this definition as needed
for decisions on matters no covered by or in conflict with University policies, such
as faculty meeting attendance, voting on recommendations of campus policies and procedures,
and representation on campus committees.
-APSU Policy 2:063
-APSU Policy 2:044
||Definitions are contained in the body of the policy.
*Reference: College and University Business Administration, Chapters 5:2 and 5:6 (NACUBO,
- The term "faculty" shall be limited to regular, full-time personnel at the University
whose regular assignments include instruction, research, and/or public service as
a principal activity, and who hold academic rank as professor, associate professor,
assistant professor or instructor, senior instructor, or master instructor. The University
may limit, but may not expand the scope of the definition of faculty for the purposes
of this policy.
- The term "regular, full-time personnel" as used in the definition of "faculty" is
limited to those persons whose appointments are for a complete academic or fiscal
- The term "principal activity" as used in the above definition shall mean that the
person's regular assignment in the areas of instruction, research and/or public service
must be at least fifty percent (50%) of the total assigned duties.
- The terms "instruction," "research," and "public service" shall be limited to those
academic activities properly assignable to the University's current funds expenditures
accounts designated as "Instruction," "Research," "Public Service," and "Academic
Support." The terms exclude those activities properly assigned to accounts for "Student
Services" (with the exception of remedial instruction which, at the discretion of
the University, may be treated as regular "instruction"), "Institutional Support,"
"Operation and Maintenance of Plan," etc.*
- The term "faculty" shall not, for the purposes of this statement include members of
the University’s instructional personnel defined as "adjunct faculty," part-time teachers,
post-doctoral fellows, visiting lecturers, and graduate assistants. "Adjunct faculty"
is defined as persons who are appointed by the University on a part-time basis to
carry out instructional, research or public service functions.
- If not otherwise included within the above definition of "faculty," the term "faculty"
may include, provided they hold academic rank, academic department or division chairpersons
or directors, academic deans, academic vice presidents, presidents, and directors,
who have direct line authority over faculty as here in above described, and associates
or assistants for the above positions. In addition, the term "faculty" may include
persons previously designated as members of the faculty who are assigned to other
positions at the University.
- Academic rank is an element of faculty status, and shall be limited to "faculty within
the above definition. Academic rank may only be assigned to faculty who meet the minimum
rank criteria under APSU Policy 2:063 and 2:044, and those policies shall control any promotion in rank.
- Exceptions to this policy can be made upon recommendation by the President.
APSU Policy 2:045 – Issued: March 25, 2017
President: signature on file