Faculty Ranking

The following positions have been established for full-time ranked faculty: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.

Qualifications for Appointment: Department Chairs and Program Directors 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: Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution; prior teaching experience preferred, but not essential.

Assistant Professor: Minimum of a Master’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline from a regionally accredited institution; minimum of two years of related work experience; teaching experience at the instructor level; active participation at faculty, department and other governance committee meetings; positive contributions to Goodwin College programs and students; and a commitment to professional development and other 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 College; active participation in professional and institutional affairs, as evidenced by leadership role on faculty, department and other governance committees, positive contributions to Goodwin College 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 College; active participation in professional, community and institutional affairs; leadership role on Goodwin College governance committees, community service, positive contributions to Goodwin College 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 College expectations associated with academic rank and follow the application process which can be found on the Goodwin Policy Website.

Institutional Policy Exceptions

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 College’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 is expected to complete the Master's program within five (5) years of date of hire.

2. Hiring a Faculty Member with Advanced Rank

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