2,505: Faculty Positions & Requirements

Revised: September 2017

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

Degree Requirements by Research Faculty Title and Rank
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

Degree Requirements by Instructional Faculty Title and Rank
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
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 positions are comprised of a combination of education and work experience and are determined based upon the guidelines 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 departments to require one additional year of experience than what is represented within the guidelines. 

Degree Requirements for Administrative Faculty by Grade
Grade Degree Experience
A Bachelor's One year of related work experience
Master's No work experience required
B Bachelor's Two years of related work experience
Master's One year of related work experience
C Bachelor's Four years of related professional experience 1
Master's Two years of related professional experience 1
D Bachelor's Five years of related professional experience 2
Master's Three years of related professional experience
Doctorate One year of  related professional experience
E Bachelor's Six years of managerial   and/or related professional experience
Master's Four years of managerial and/or related professional  experience
Doctorate Two years of managerial and/or related professional  experience

Degree Equivalencies: Compensation Grades A and B

Degree equivalencies (work experience in lieu of a degree) may be approved in limited circumstances for positions within compensation grades A and B following analysis of job duties, industry standards, and recruiting constraints. In such cases, positions may be advertised with equivalent requirements. Equivalencies require the approval of Human Resources and the Provost's Office or appropriate vice president. 

Degree Exceptions: Compensation Grade C

Degree exception requests will be considered at compensation grade C on a case-by-case basis by the Provost's Office.

Degree exceptions are both incumbent and job specific; therefore, a new degree exception must be sought if an employee on an existing approved exception is considered for another position. 

Degree exceptions will not be considered at compensation grades D and E. 

1One of the required years of experience may include previous supervisory experience for positions with supervisory responsibility. 

2Two of the required years of experience may include previous supervisory experience for positions with managerial responsibility.