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PROMOTION POLICY AND GUIDELINES


II. Procedures for Developing School and Unit Promotion Policies

  1. The faculty of each academic school 2 of the University in which promotion in rank is granted shall establish specific procedures and criteria for reviewing faculty candidates for promotion and fostering their development as teachers and scholars. These procedures are subject to review and approval by the dean of the School.
  2. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall recommend to the Chancellor, for the Chancellor's approval, school procedures and criteria for promotion. These procedures and criteria shall be consistent with the objectives, mission, and goals of the University and conform to Board of Trustees policy and to SIUE's Promotion Policy and Guidelines.
  3. Faculty within each unit in which promotion in rank is granted shall establish specific procedures and criteria for reviewing faculty candidates for promotion and fostering their development as teachers and scholars.
  4. The Dean shall examine and approve the procedures and criteria for each unit to ensure that they comply with the approved school procedures and criteria.
  5. The criteria shall describe how achievement in the three areas of (1) teaching, (2) scholarship, and (3) service to the University and community shall be examined and evaluated for promotion in rank.
  6. The school and unit procedures shall contain operational definitions of satisfactory, meritorious (next highest), and excellent (highest) performance by rank. These definitions shall be in accord with the following general statements:
Assistant Professor

Faculty are normally appointed to, rather than promoted to, the rank of assistant professor. Appointment to this rank normally requires the individual to have attained the terminal degree in the appropriate discipline and to show promise as a teacher and scholar.

Persons appointed to the faculty who are nearing completion of a terminal degree are usually given the rank of lecturer or instructor with a contingency clause in the appointment indicating that rank will be changed to assistant professor upon completion of the terminal degree. Such a change in rank does not constitute promotion under this policy.

Associate Professor

As an assistant professor, a faculty member is expected to advance in competency as a teacher, to engage in scholarly/creative activities which enhance competency as a teacher and which contribute to the publicly available knowledge in the candidate's academic field, and to exercise increasing participation and responsibility in collegial governance of the unit, school, and/or university and/or public service related to professional expertise or training.

After five years have been completed in the rank of Assistant Professor, a faculty member is expected to have developed the full range of capabilities of an Associate Professor. At this time (in the fall of the sixth year as an Assistant Professor) the faculty member must submit an application for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, except as provided in Policy WC#5-91/92, Section VII, Paragraph C. An Assistant Professor with an outstanding record may apply earlier following consultation with the Chair and Dean. (WC #1-09/10, Promotion Policy and Guidelines, approved December 8, 2010 by Chancellor Vandegrift)

Professor

As an associate professor, a faculty member is expected to continue to grow in stature as a teacher and to assume greater responsibility in curricular matters. Before advancing to the rank of professor, the faculty member must have developed a scholarly record appropriate for his or her academic field which has received recognition in the broader academic community. In those disciplines in which it is appropriate, a faculty member could also be judged on their creative record in the broader professional community. As an associate professor, a faculty member is expected to have demonstrated substantial participation in collegial governance of the unit, school, and/or University, and/or public service related to professional expertise or training.

After a minimum of five years has been completed in the rank of Associate Professor, the faculty member is expected to have developed the full range of capabilities expected of a Professor. At this time (in the fall of the sixth year as an Associate Professor) or any time thereafter, the faculty member may submit an application for promotion to the rank of Professor. Although rare, an Associate Professor with an outstanding record may apply earlier following consultation with the Chair and Dean. (WC #1-09/10, Promotion Policy and Guidelines, approved December 8, 2010 by Chancellor Vandegrift)

  1. A candidate for promotion shall demonstrate, at the level commensurate with rank, at least meritorious performance in teaching, and at least meritorious performance in either scholarship or service and satisfactory performance in the other.
  2. Schools or units may translate these standards into guidelines appropriate to their discipline in accord with Section II. They may also establish additional standards appropriate to their discipline and may adjust those standards from time to time in accord with Section II.

2Hereafter the word "school" also refers to Library & Information Services and CAS.