Faculty Ranking

The following positions have been established for full-time ranked faculty: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. Additionally, full-time faculty may be appointed to serve as a Program Director or Department Chair. To apply for promotion to any of the ranked faculty positions described next, the applicant should refer to University expectations associated with academic rank and follow the application process that can be found on the Goodwin Policy Website.

Department Chairs and Program Directors:  To be appointed to a position of Department Chair or Program Director, an individual must have, at minimum, an earned Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in an appropriate academic discipline. All Department Chairs must have a minimum ranking of Associate Professor. All Program Directors must have a minimum ranking of Assistant Professor.

Instructor: Minimum of a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution; used for Adjunct faculty, part-time Clinical faculty and faculty who do not meet the minimum degree requirement (see “Exception” policy below).

Assistant Professor: Minimum of a Master’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline from a regionally accredited institution; active participation at faculty, department, and other governance committee meetings; positive contributions to Goodwin University programs and students; and a commitment to professional development and scholarly activity.

Associate Professor: Minimum of a Master’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline from a regionally accredited institution; minimum of five years of successful full-time teaching at an institution of higher education, at least three years of which must be at the Assistant Professor level at Goodwin University; active participation in professional and institutional affairs, as evidenced by a leadership role on faculty, department, and other governance committees, positive contributions to Goodwin University programs and students, and demonstrated scholarly activity. (Note:  Successful teaching is defined as having a strong history of positive teaching evaluations and the absence of any disciplinary action during the 12 months prior to application).

Professor: Doctoral degree in an appropriate academic discipline from a regionally accredited institution; minimum of ten years of successful full-time teaching experience at an institution of higher education, at least three years at the rank of Associate Professor at Goodwin University; active participation in professional, community, and institutional affairs; leadership role on Goodwin University governance committees, community service, positive contributions to Goodwin University programs and students, and increased scholarly activity.  (Note:  Successful teaching is defined as having a strong history of positive teaching evaluations and the absence of any disciplinary action during the 12 months prior to application).

Application Process: To apply for promotion to any of the above ranked faculty positions, the applicant should refer to University expectations associated with academic rank and follow the application process which can be found on the Goodwin Policy Website.

Exceptions to Faculty Rank (Additional Faculty Rank Policies)

  1. Minimum Degree Requirement

    At times, a search for new faculty members does not generate candidates with the above degrees to fill positions that require highly specialized skills. For example, certain fields, including the creative arts and computer specialties do not always have highly defined or prevalent Master's degree tracks. In such cases, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, based on the recommendation of the Department Chair, will review candidates to determine if they have appropriate alternatives to Master's degrees.

    If a candidate is selected who does not possess a Master’s degree, the academic Chair must work with Goodwin University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness to complete a Faculty Waiver form. This form will be sent to the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education; upon approval by the Office of Higher Education, the new faculty member can begin teaching. The faculty member may not begin teaching before approval is received by the Office of Higher Education.

    The individual may be required to complete a Master's program within a specified period of time in order to meet job and/or program requirements. The individual will be notified in writing if this requirement pertains to them. 

  2. Hiring a Faculty Member with Advanced Rank

    In rare cases, the University may hire a new faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor when there is demonstrated teaching, scholarship and leadership experience elsewhere.