With Review Appointments: Professors & Instructors

For all with review appointments:


Professor with grant/tenure or grant/tenure track

Appointment at or promotion to the rank of Professor is reserved for those whose contributions are considered outstanding. These persons will have met appropriate standards of excellence and have wide recognition in the field of their interest. They must have shown high quality in teaching and sustained and productive scholarly activity, have attained distinction in their discipline, and have participated significantly in academic and professional affairs. Promotion to this rank is neither automatic nor based on years of service and it is expected that some persons will not attain this rank.

These appointments are full-time and are normally tenured or grant tenured. These appointments are subject to the approval of the Senior Appointments Committee and the President. For the Senior Appointments Committee’s approval, please review the Guide to Promotion and Tenure (PDF).

Initial appointments at the rank of Professor can be tenure track or grant tenure track. Renewal of a grant/tenure track appointment will normally be made without term. By the end of an appointee’s fifth year of continuous service in a term appointment with review, a recommendation must be made to the President either to grant a tenured appointment or not to renew the appointment. In exceptional cases a recommendation may be made before the end of the fifth year, or in the case of an Associate Professor or Professor, before the time when it would normally be made; in particular an early recommendation to grant a tenured appointment may be made when a candidate has had academic, professional, or other comparable experience before being appointed by the University.
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Associate Professor with grant/tenure or grant/tenure track

Appointment at or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor normally requires evidence of successful teaching and of scholarly activity beyond that expected of an Assistant Professor. The candidate for appointment or promotion will be judged on teaching as defined in Section 4.02 in the Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Faculty, on sustained and productive scholarly activity, on ability to direct graduate students, and on willingness to participate and participation in the affairs of the Department and the University. Promotion to this rank is not automatic or based on years of service and it is expected that some persons who may be granted tenured appointments will not attain this rank. In exceptional circumstances, initial appointment at this rank may be based upon evidence of the candidate’s potential to meet these criteria, including the opinion of scholars or other qualified persons familiar with the candidate’s work and capability.

These appointments are normally full-time and are tenured or grant tenured. These appointments are subject to the approval of the Senior Appointments Committee and the President. For the Senior Appointments Committee’s approval, please review the Guide to Promotion and Tenure (PDF).

Initial appointments at the rank of Associate Professor can be tenure track or grant tenure track. Renewal of a grant/tenure track appointment will normally be made without term. By the end of an appointee’s fifth year of continuous service in a term appointment with review, a recommendation must be made to the President either to grant a tenured appointment or not to renew the appointment. In exceptional cases a recommendation may be made before the end of the fifth year, or in the case of an Associate Professor or Professor, before the time when it would normally be made; in particular an early recommendation to grant a tenured appointment may be made when a candidate has had academic, professional, or other comparable experience before being appointed by the University.
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Assistant Professor with grant/tenure or grant/tenure track

Appointment at or promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor normally requires completion of academic qualifications, and evidence of ability in teaching and scholarly activity. Evidence will ordinarily be required to demonstrate that the candidate for an appointment or promotion is involved in scholarly activity, is a successful teacher, and is capable of providing instruction at the various levels in his or her discipline, but it is sufficient to show potential to meet these criteria. The evidence may include the opinion of scholars familiar with the candidate’s work and capability.

These appointments are full-time and are tenure track or grant tenure track upon initial hire. Appointments at this rank are normally for a term of four years. Renewal of an individual’s appointment is for another term of four years, with mandatory review for tenure and promotion in year 7.

Decisions on the award of tenured appointments are made in accordance with the provisions of Article 2.03 of the Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Faculty. In special cases an Assistant Professor may be given the rank of Senior Instructor and a tenured appointment.
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Acting Assistant Professor (Grant/Tenure Track)

Appointment to this rank requires evidence of potential ability in teaching and research. Appointment is for a maximum of two years. Upon completion of a terminal degree, the person’s rank shall be converted to Assistant Professor. A person will not normally be reappointed as an Acting Assistant Professor. The pre-tenure period begins at the start of an appointment as Acting Assistant Professor.

These appointments are full-time and are tenure track or grant tenure track.
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Professor of Teaching grant/tenure or grant/tenure track

Appointment at or promotion to the rank of Professor of Teaching requires evidence of outstanding achievement in teaching and educational leadership, distinction in the field of teaching and learning, sustained and innovative contributions to curriculum development, course design and other initiatives that advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate.  Initial appointments at this rank are normally tenured appointments.

These appointments are full-time and are normally tenured or grant tenured. These appointments are subject to the approval of the Senior Appointments Committee and the President. For the Senior Appointments Committee’s approval, please review the Guide to Promotion and Tenure (PDF).

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Senior Instructor with grant/tenure

Appointment at or promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor requires evidence of excellence in teaching and demonstrated educational leadership, involvement in curriculum development and innovation, and other teaching and learning initiatives.  It is expected that Senior Instructors will keep abreast of current developments in their respective disciplines, and in the field of teaching and learning.  A Senior Instructor may be promoted to the rank of Professor of Teaching in the fifth or subsequent years in rank.

These appointments are full-time and are tenured or grant tenured. These appointments are subject to the approval of the Senior Appointments Committee and the President. For the Senior Appointments Committee’s approval, please review the Guide to Promotion and Tenure (PDF).
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Instructor (Grant/Tenure Track)

Appointment to this rank normally requires completion of academic qualifications, evidence of ability and commitment to teaching and promise of educational leadership.  Appointments and reappointments are normally made for three years but in exceptional circumstances may be made for a lesser period. An Instructor who is in the fifth year of appointment shall be considered for promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor and if successful shall be granted tenure in that year.

If a person holding an appointment as an Instructor is appointed to a professorial rank, service in the pre-tenure appointment in the professorial rank shall be deemed to commence at the date of the appointment to that rank.

At UBC Vancouver, the Provost has asked that all new tenure track Instructors have a PhD or equivalent experience normally required as a terminal degree.

These appointments are full-time and are tenure track or grant tenure track.
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