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2,505: Faculty Positions & Requirements

Revised: May 2015

The UNR Bylaws include policies and some of the procedures pertinent to faculty rights and responsibilities. The NSHE Code also includes policies on most of these matters and contains information which specifies rules, sanctions and procedures in dealing with disciplinary problems.

All academic and administrative faculty and those involved in personnel matters should be familiar with the NSHE Code and the UNR Bylaws. College or unit bylaws are obtained from the office of a given dean or director and departmental bylaws are available from specific departments or by visiting the Faculty Senate Bylaws Repository.

Degree Requirements for Research Faculty

TitleRankDegree Requirement
Research Scientist/Research Assistant Professor I* 0(I) BS required, MS typically for Research Scientist/Doctorate required for Research Assistant Professor I
Research Assistant Professor 0(II) Doctorate required**
Research Associate Professor 0(III) Doctorate required**
Research Professor 0(IV) Doctorate required**

*Research Assistant Professor 0(I) for University of Nevada, School of Medicine only

**Exceptions must be approved by Provost's Office

Degree Requirements for Instructional Faculty

TitleRankDegree Requirement
Lecturer I 0(I) BS required, MS may be required by college
Lecturer II 0(II) MS required for professional schools*
Lecturer III 0(III) MS required for professional schools*; Terminal degree required otherwise
Lecturer IV 0(IV) MS required for professional schools*; Terminal degree required otherwise

*May vary by professional school. Exceptions must be approved by Provost's Office

TitleRankDegree Requirement
Assistant Professor II Terminal degree required*
Associate Professor III Terminal degree required*
Professor IV Terminal degree required*

*May vary by professional school. Exceptions must be approved by Provost's Office

Degree Requirements Guidelines for Administrative Faculty

Minimum requirements for Administrative Faculty are comprised of a combination of education and work experience and are determined based upon the guidelines presented below. In certain circumstances, a specific minimum degree level and/or educational field will be considered for consistency with legal or specialized requirements (i.e., Ph.D. for a psychologist). It is acceptable for the years of experience to vary by one additional year than is represented within the guidelines. Authority for final approval of minimum requirements is maintained within Human Resources.

Range Degree Experience
1 Bachelor's One year of relevant work experience
Master's No work experience required
2 Bachelor's Two years of relevant work experience
Master's One year of relevant work experience
3 Bachelor's Four years of related professional experience
Master's Two years of related professional experience
4 Bachelor's Five years of related professional experience
Master's Three years of related professional experience
5 Bachelor's Six years of managerial or related professional experience
Master's Four years of managerial or related professional experience
Doctorate Two years of managerial or related professional experience
6 Bachelor's Seven years of managerial experience
Master's Five years of managerial experience
Doctorate Three years of managerial experience
7 Bachelor's Eight years of managerial experience
Master's Six years of managerial experience
Doctorate Four years of managerial experience

Degree exception requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Provost's Office. An employee with an approved degree exception may promote through an established line of progression, or a position with a similar nature of work, within the same department. Since degree exceptions are both incumbent and job family specific, a new degree exception must be sought for such an employee to move into positions with different types of work or within different departments. Degree exceptions are limited to range 4 and below.

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