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Rank Types Explained

Faculty appointments are classified into ranks and groups by title. These classifications have associated benefits, rights and responsibilities that may or may not pertain to each category or classification.

Standard academic ranks such as Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, etc. may mean different things at different institutions and can be significantly altered or made more specific by the addition of modifiers such as Adjunct, Emeritus, Research, Senior, etc.

When adding ranks into Lifecycle Management, you can select from a list of rank types and enter a rank name to account for such differences.

This article explains the default list of standard rank types and the function of rank names.

See this article for more information on defining ranks.

About Rank Types

Rank types are selected from a dropdown list comprised of the most common ranks used by our clients. Having a standard rank type such as "Associate Professor" allows us to standardize the program search and reporting functions.

About Rank Names

In addition to rank types, we allow users to set the rank name. While the rank types are selected from a dropdown list, the rank name may be customized in a free text field. This gives users a way to classify ranks that are of the same type but have different benefits, rights and responsibilities.

In the example below, the Rank Type is Lecturer, the Rank Name is Senior Lecturer.

By adding a rank name, and filling out the other fields on the Create Rank page, you can have multiple ranks with the same rank type but with significantly different qualifications, benefits, workload and events in the timeline of reviews etc. for the rank.