Full-time faculty members are those who by contract have a primary professional responsibility to the University; they are available to the University for academic assignment both on and off campus during day, evening, and weekend hours. A full-time faculty member holds one of the following ranks: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor.

Pro-rata Ranked Faculty members are those who teach a designated percent of a full-time faculty teaching load, ordinarily one-half, and assume other responsibilities of student advisement, attendance at University and department meetings, curriculum planning and supervision of other department-related activities such as art studios, practicums and internships, radio and television studios. Pro-rata ranked faculty members are not eligible for tenure or promotion in rank.