Academic Hiring Manual

Academic Hiring Manual University Approved Academic Positions/Ranks

RANKED FACULTY

COMMENTS

Professor

Must have terminal degree. Must be appointed in academic unit.  Endowed chair and other special designations apply to the rank of professor.  (For example, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, or University Distinguished Professor.)

Associate professor

Must have terminal degree. Must be appointed in academic unit.

Assistant professor

Must have terminal degree. Must be appointed in academic unit.

 

Health Programs, (HP), faculty must have terminal medical degree.  Must be clinician faculty member appointed in the College of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Nursing.  Must have a valid license to practice medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing or other clinical credential accepted by the State of Michigan appropriate for the professional role and function.

Professor HP

Professor (Health Programs)

Asc Professor HP

Associate Professor (Health Programs)

Ast Professor HP

Assistant Professor (Health Programs)

 

FRIB/NSCL positions must be appointed in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. 

Professor FRIB/NSCL

Professor (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Asc Professor FRIB/NSCL Associate Professor (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Ast Professor FRIB/NSCL

Assistant Professor (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

 

Research faculty are supported by sponsored projects or other non-appropriated University funds.

Research Professor

Must have terminal degree. Must be appointed in academic unit.

Research Asc Professor

Must have terminal degree. Must be appointed in academic unit.

Research Ast Professor

Must have terminal degree. Must be appointed in academic unit.

 

* More information related to research faculty positions can be found on the Research Faculty Appointment Category page.

Instructor

Must have master's degree or have been employed as an instructor or equivalent elsewhere.  Teaching experience as a graduate assistant is not included.  Must be appointed in academic unit.

Instructor/Fellow

Must have master's degree.

Instructor/Intern

Must have master's degree. 

Instructor/Resident

Must have master's degree. 

ACADEMIC STAFF

COMMENTS

Archivist IV

 

Archivist III

 

Archivist II

 

Archivist I

 

Librarian III

For Academic Governance purposes, Librarians are included in the term "faculty". 
Must have master's degree in library or information science.

Librarian II

For Academic Governance purposes, Librarians are included in the term "faculty".
Must have master's degree in library or information science.

Librarian I

For Academic Governance purposes, Librarians are included in the term "faculty".
Must have master's degree in library or information science.

 

MSU Extension positions.

Associate Program Leader

 

Senior Extension Educator  

Extension Educator

 

Senior Extension Specialist  

Extension specialist

 

Senior Program Leader

 

Program leader

 

Sr conservation sci

Senior Conservation Scientist (MSUE Natural Features Inventory)

Conservation sci

Conservation Scientist  (MSUE Natural Features Inventory)

Conservation assoc

Conservation Associate  (MSUE Natural Features Inventory)

 

FRIB/NSCL positions must be appointed in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

Senior engineer FRIB/NSCL

Senior Engineer (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Staff engineer FRIB/NSCL

Staff Engineer (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Engineer FRIB/NSCL

Engineer (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Senior physicist FRIB/NSCL

Senior Physicist (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Staff physicist FRIB/NSCL

Staff Physicist (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Physicist FRIB/NSCL

Physicist (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Instructor FRIB/NSCL

Instructor (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams/National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

 

Academic specialists must be appointed in academic units or unit reporting to the Provost or the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Duties must be consistent with a functional category described on the Specialist Position Description form.

Sr Spec - Advisor

Senior Specialist - Advisor

Sr Spec - Curr Dev

Senior Specialist - Curriculum Development

Sr Spec - Outreach

Senior Specialist - Outreach (Public Service)

Sr Spec- Research

Senior Specialist - Research

Sr Spec - Teacher

Senior Specialist - Teacher

Specialist - Advisor

Specialist - Advisor

Specialist - Curr Dev

Specialist - Curriculum Development

Specialist - Outreach

Specialist - Outreach (Public Service)

Specialist - Research

Specialist - Research

Specialist  - Teacher

Specialist - Teacher

Artist in residence

 

Assistant instructor

Must have a bachelor's degree.

Consultant

If position/rank is only Consultant, job duties must be reviewed by Academic Human Resources and Human Resources prior to offer.

Coordinator

If position/rank is only Coordinator, job duties must be reviewed by Academic Human Resources and Human Resources prior to offer.

Curator

 

Editor

 

Assistant Editor

 

Fellow

Never use if position is Instructor/Fellow.

Head coach

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Associate head coach

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Assistant head coach

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Coach

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Associate coach

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Assistant coach

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Head trainer

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Trainer

Intercollegiate Athletics position

Intern

Never use if position is Instructor/Intern.

Interpreter IV

Usually On-Call but can be paid

Interpreter III

Usually On-Call but can be paid

Interpreter II

Usually On-Call but can be paid

Interpreter I

Usually On-Call but can be paid

Lecturer

Lecturers are appointed on a fixed-term basis for teaching duties.  They generally have professional experience or expertise in the area of instruction and are not required to have an academic degree/

Postdoctoral fellow

Recipient of postdoctoral fellowship.  Appointment does not confer MSU employee status.

Program presenter

Must be On-Call.

Ast program presenter

Assistant Program Presenter.  Must be On-Call.

Research associate

Research Associates are appointed on a fixed-term basis to work on research projects with MSU faculty; they are members of the academic staff of MSU.  Employment as a Research Associate is limited to a maximum of 60 full-time-equivalent service months.

Research associates must have a doctoral degree. (Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M.) or its equivalent.  Exceptions will be considered for the following:

1.  Individuals without a doctoral degree may be appointed with the rank of research associate for nine months provided the following condition is satisfied:

Satisfactory completion of the Ph.D. dissertation defense/orals with minimal revisions needed that are expected to be completed within three to six months.  A letter from the chairperson of the department/school in which the Ph.D. work is being taken indicating the nature of the work to be completed and an estimated time-frame for completion must be submitted with the appointment form.

Any reappointment beyond nine months requires proof of degree or a statement from the Dean of the Graduate School, or other appropriate University official, that the requirements have been completed.

2.  Individuals who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree, but the degree has not been formally awarded, may be appointed for up to twelve months.  A letter from the Dean of the Graduate School, University Registrar's Office, or other appropriate University official must be submitted with the appointment form.

Sr research assoc

Senior Research Associates are appointed on a fixed-term basis to work on research projects with MSU faculty;  they are members of the academic staff of MSU.  The senior research associate is distinguished from the research associate by a substantial research publication record and scholarly recognition in the field and is expected to participate intellectually with faculty and graduate students.  A Ph.D. or its equivalent is required with experience to develop a substantial research and publication record.

May have any number of full-time-equivalent service months.

Appointment at this job title requires review and approval by Academic Human Resources.

Resident

Never use if position is Instructor/Resident.

Scholar

Must be a no pay.

Visiting scholar

Must be a foreign national.

Teacher

 

Tutor


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