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Promotion Policy and Guidelines

I. Introduction

The ultimate purpose of the process of promotion in academic rank is to encourage faculty members to achieve their highest potential and to foster their development in teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and the community. Promotion in academic rank signifies that a faculty member has demonstrated accomplishments in teaching, scholarship 1, and service to the University and the community. Promotion in academic rank demonstrates the confidence that the university has in the faculty member's potential for increasing accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and the community.

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1The term scholarship in this document is defined broadly as including research, scholarly activities, and creative activity, which vary from discipline to discipline. These activities enhance competency as a teacher and contribute to the publicly available knowledge in the candidate's academic field.