a teacher in a college or university who ranks above an assistant professor and below a professor.
Origin of associate professor
First recorded in 1815–25
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(in the US and Canada) a university teacher lower in rank than a full professor but higher than an assistant professor
(in New Zealand) a senior lecturer holding the rank below professor
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