Criteria and Procedures for Faculty Promotion

Tenure-track Faculty

A tenure-eligible assistant professor may be recommended for promotion, for nonrenewal, or for other changes in status after annual performance reviews in any year up to the sixth year of tenure-eligible service, or a subsequent year if a time clock delay has been granted. If faculty members go up for promotion and tenure before their mandatory year, they may go up again without prejudice. Exceptions to the timetable for tenure and retention reviews are described in Section 3.3.01.a. [UHAP 3.3.01B]

Career-Track Faculty - Professor and Professor of Practice

Career-track faculty members in designated titles may be reviewed for promotion. These titles include: assistant professor on the career track, associate professor on the career track, full professor on the career track, assistant professor of practice, associate professor of practice, and full professor of practice.

A more extensive review is required for promotions of career-track faculty in designated professorial titles such as assistant or associate professors of practice, research or clinical assistant or associate professors. Promotions for such appointments may occur only after reviews at the college level with approval by the Provost as noted in UHAP 3.3.03.c.

Brief Description of Career-Track Faculty

Professional responsibilities may include

  • Professors on the Career Track (Assistant/Associate/Full): These are distinguished professionals who can bring years of academic experience to the classroom. The primary responsibility is teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. The teaching expectation is 4/4 (80%) and 20% service effort.
  • Professors of Practice (Assistant/Associate/Full): These are distinguished professionals who can bring years of professional field experience to the classroom. The primary responsibility of a POP is teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. The teaching expectation is 4/4 (80%) and 20% service effort.

Career-Track Faculty - Lecturer and Clinical Instructor

Career-track faculty members in designated titles may be reviewed for promotion. These titles include: lecturer, senior lecturer, principal lecturer, and clinical instructor.

Promotions from lecturer to senior lecturer require a review by a standing faculty advisory committee (Personnel Committee), a recommendation by the associate dean of academics, and the approval of the dean.

Brief Description of Career-Track Faculty

Professional responsibilities may include

  • Lecturers: The primary responsibility of Lecturers is teaching undergraduate courses. A moderate (no more than 20%) service effort is also acceptable.
  • Clinical Instructors: These professionals are responsible for teaching and working with students in the field. A moderate (no more than 20%) service effort is also acceptable.