IAS Titles Series and Ranks

The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse uses two title series for its instructional academic staff.


The Lecturer title series describes those who provide formal classroom or laboratory instruction in an academic discipline, either independently or under the general supervision of a faculty member. Effective delivery of instructional material, testing and grading are the primary duties of those in the Lecturer series. The degree of involvement in course and curriculum development, advising and other service to the university differs significantly based on title prefix and departmental policy. Research is not a required part of their job duties or expectations.

Many of the staff in the Health Professions area do not meet the traditional model of tenure-track faculty, but they meet the accreditation standards in these areas that require a practitioner/teacher model. To address this, the Clinical Professor title series has been approved and is in use at UW-L for members of the instructional academic staff in the Health Professions programs where a large component of the program and accreditation requires the employee to be heavily involved in ongoing practice and maintenance of current skills in the delivery of patient services, as well as teaching and supervising students in the program. While teaching is the main focus, time allocated to research and/or clinical practice will vary.

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LECTURER SERIES

Associate Lecturer: An Associate Lecturer is committed to high quality teaching. Specifically, the instructor will independently teach lecture and/or laboratory courses subject to broad guidelines describing the scope of the subject matter to be taught and the topics to be covered. Effective classroom delivery, testing and grading are the primary duties expected at this level. The Associate Lecturer rank is used primarily for individuals with a post-secondary degree and, if required by the specific program or department, documented certification or license. Individuals with little or no previous higher education teaching experience will start entry-level employment as an Associate Lecturer.

Lecturer: A Lecturer has demonstrated high quality teaching and has a commitment to developing a program of professional development and being a contributing member of the program and department. An individual at this level has the experience and academic expertise needed to develop and teach lecture and laboratory courses subject to broad guidelines describing the subject matter to be covered. The specific topics to be covered and the degree of topic emphasis can be left to the independent judgment of the Lecturer. A Lecturer may also be involved in instruction-related activities including developing course materials, advising, curriculum development, participation in departmental outreach programs, etc. Professional development and service activities are typical at this level, however, the primary responsibility of the Lecturer is teaching. The Lecturer title is used primarily for individuals with five years (ten semesters) of full-time teaching experience in higher education. The Lecturer would normally hold a masters degree and, if required by the specific program or department, documented certification or license.

Senior Lecturer: A Senior Lecturer has extensive teaching experience and subject matter expertise in an academic discipline. In addition to the qualities noted at lower levels, a Senior Lecturer has gained a reputation among peers for demonstrably sustained superior teaching contributions. A Senior Lecturer can be independent in selection, organization and development of course content, instructional materials, teaching approaches, and course assessment. Professional development and service activities are expected, however, the primary responsibility of the Senior Lecturer is teaching. The Senior Lecturer title is used primarily for individuals with 10 years (20 semesters) full-time teaching in higher education. The Senior Lecturer would normally hold an advanced degree and, if required by the specific program or department, documented certification or license.

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CLINICAL PROFESSOR SERIES

Clinical Assistant Professor : A Clinical Assistant Professor is committed to high quality teaching. Specifically, the instructor will independently teach lecture and/or laboratory courses subject to broad guidelines describing the scope of the subject matter to be taught and the topics to be covered. Effective classroom delivery, testing and grading are the primary duties expected at this level. The Clinical Assistant Professor rank is used primarily for individuals with a post-secondary degree and, if required by the specific program or department, documented certification or license. Individuals with little or no previous higher education teaching experience will start entry-level employment as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Clinical Associate Professor : A Clinical Associate Professor has demonstrated high quality teaching and has a commitment to developing a program of professional development and being a contributing member of the program and department. An individual at this level has the experience and academic expertise needed to develop and teach lecture and laboratory courses subject to broad guidelines describing the subject matter to be covered. The specific topics to be covered and the degree of topic emphasis can be left to the independent judgment of the Clinical Associate Professor. A Clinical Associate Professor may also be involved in instruction-related activities including developing course materials, advising, curriculum development, participation in departmental outreach programs, etc. Professional development and service activities are typical at this level, however, the primary responsibility of the Clinical Associate Professor is teaching. The Clinical Associate Professor title is used primarily for individuals with five years (ten semesters) of full-time teaching experience in higher education. The Clinical Associate Professor would normally hold a masters degree and, if required by the specific program or department, documented certification or license.

Clinical Professor : A Clinical Professor has extensive teaching experience and subject matter expertise in an academic discipline. In addition to the qualities noted at lower levels, a Clinical Professor has gained a reputation among peers for demonstrably sustained superior teaching contributions. A Clinical Professor can be independent in selection, organization and development of course content, instructional materials, teaching approaches, and course assessment. Professional development and service activities are expected, however, the primary responsibility of the Clinical Professor is teaching. The Clinical Professor title is used primarily for individuals with 10 years (20 semesters) full-time teaching in higher education. The Clinical Professor would normally hold an advanced degree and, if required by the specific program or department, documented certification or license.