Role types

Academic role types

Academic staff

The responsibilities of academic staff may vary according to the specific requirements of the University to meet its objectives, to different discipline requirements and/or to individual staff development. Typical standards for levels of Academic staff, other than casual staff, are as set out in the University of Sydney’s Enterprise Agreement. Refer to Schedule 2, for the classification descriptors for teaching and research academic staff and for research (only) academic staff.

The levels are differentiated by level of complexity, degree of autonomy, leadership requirements of the position and level of achievement of the academic staff member.

A staff member appointed to a particular level may be assigned, and may be expected to undertake, responsibilities and functions of any level up to and including the level to which the academic staff member is appointed or promoted. In addition, staff may undertake elements of the work of a higher level in order to gain experience and expertise consistent with the requirements of the University's promotion processes.

Every discipline is unique, with its own goals, expectations, and complexities. Academic roles range from Level A (entry-level) through to Level E (professorial).

General guidelines for overseas equivalence:

Level  Australian University     US University     UK University 
A Associate Lecturer Lecturer/Assistant Professor Lecturer
B Lecturer Assistant Professor Senior Lecturer
C Senior Lecturer (Pre-tenure) Associate Professor Senior/Principal Lecturer
D Associate Professor Associate Professor with tenure Reader
E Professor Full Professor (with a Chair) Professor