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Academic ranks in the United States

Summary
Academic ranks in the United States are the titles, relative importance and power of professors, researchers, and administrative personnel held in academia. Professorship Professors in the United States Common positions For regular faculty (i.e., not counting administrative faculty positions such as chairships or deanships, nor positions considered "staff" rather than faculty), typical tenure-track positions include:
  • Distinguished (or similar) Professor (other such titles of special distinction vary by institution)
  • Professor ("Full Professor", i.e., the destination of the "tenure track," upon exhausting all promotions other than those of special distinction)
  • Associate Professor (a mid-level, usually tenured, faculty member, which can lead to "full" professor)
  • Assistant Professor (typically entry-level for "tenure track" positions which can lead to Associate Professor)
Permanent full-time faculty positions that are often non-tenure-track can include:
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