Definitions and Minimum Qualifications for Academic Ranks

A faculty member must meet specific requirements for each rank in order to be appointed, or promoted, to that rank.

Instructor

An appointee to this rank must:

  • hold a Master’s degree in the required specialization from a university which is recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research;
  • have a sound teaching record

Assistant Professor

An appointee to this rank must:

  • hold a doctorate degree or a PhD degree in a relevant discipline from a university which is recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research;
  • have a sound record of teaching, research, and community service;
  • have demonstrated potential for professional growth in his/her field.

Associate Professor

An appointee to this rank must:

  • have a doctorate degree or a PHD degree in a relevant discipline from a university which is recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research;
  • have a sound record of teaching, research, and community service;
  • show potential for becoming a scholar of distinction, and have demonstrated professional recognition and growth;
  • have at least five years of full-time teaching experience at a college or university at the rank of assistant professor;
  • have been promoted to the rank of associate professor at a college or university where the promotion regulations are comparable to those of AFU.

Professor

An appointee to this rank must:

  • have a doctorate degree or a PhD degree, or the highest degree that is customary in the discipline, and have all of the qualifications of Professor;
  • have achieved a record of continuing distinction in scholarship or creative endeavors in the field;
  • have demonstrated excellent teaching ability and shown continuing active engagement with students in and outside the classroom;
  • have a good record of continuing evidence of relevant and effective professional service and demonstrated an ability for continuing achievement in this area;
  • have had at least ten years of full-time teaching experience at a college or university, including at least five of those years at the rank of Associate Professor. He/she also have been promoted to the rank of professor at a college or university where the promotion regulations are comparable to those of AFU.

Qualifications of Faculty Teaching in the MBA Program

Faculty members who teach in the MBA Program must have the following qualifications

  • the rank of full professor or associate professor;
  • a record of distinction in scholarship and/or creative endeavor in the specialization;
  • a demonstrated excellent teaching ability at the graduate level;
  • Practical experience in industry or other businesses is highly preferred.

Assistant Professors teaching in the MBA Program may teach in the MBA program if they have

  • taught similar courses at the undergraduate level for at least two years;
  • published at least one article in a refereed journal;
  • Received the Dean of the College of Business Administration approval.