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Promotion to Full Professor on the Regional Campuses

Consideration for promotion to Professor differs from consideration for promotion to Associate Professor for faculty with a regional campus appointment, acknowledging the greater focus on teaching performance and student accessibility of the regional campuses. Whereas promotion to Associate Professor should recognize an emerging national reputation among regional campus faculty, promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of achievement within the regional campus system and requires an established national reputation. The Ad Hoc RTP Committee shall consider the following areas of faculty performance when making recommendations on promotion. The text below is designed to facilitate assessment of performance of those candidates who are being evaluated for promotion.

A candidate for promotion to Professor must show evidence of high quality teaching, including in both classroom instruction and student supervision.  Examples include, but are not limited to, excellent student evaluations and peer reviews from senior department and campus colleagues, contributions to curricular development or revision, successful innovative instructional practices, self-reflection and professional development, student supervision and advising, and supporting student research.

A candidate for promotion to Professor must show evidence of consistent and responsible service to the Campus, Department, University, and Discipline/Profession.  Examples include, but are not limited to, actively serving in committee positions, undertaking administrative assignments, performing meaningful public outreach, and elected positions in specialty groups and on boards.  Additionally, there should be a clear demonstration of leadership roles that seek to further the mission of the candidate’s Campus, Department, University, or Profession. 

For promotion to Professor, the candidate must provide documentation of an established research program, with a level of achievement that demonstrates a recognized national reputation.  Promotion to Professor requires a sustained impact on the field above and beyond that expected for promotion to Associate Professor. In addition, for promotion to Professor there should be a clear demonstration of leadership roles that seek to further the mission of the candidate’s Campus, Department, University, or Profession.

An established research program may be measured in multiple ways.  It should generate a clear record of publications in journals of both recognized quality and appropriate focus as well as books and book chapters in reputable (e.g., university) presses.   A candidate should show evidence of professional activity such as presenting at meetings, writing book reviews, and participation in programs aimed at professional/pedagogical development and disseminating research results.  An established national reputation will be measured through positive and supportive external letters.  It can also be measured through editorship or guest editorship of journals, invitations to review manuscripts and grant proposals, invitations to speak at meetings, citations, awards or other meritorious recognition from scientific societies.  Regional campus faculty are not required to receive grants for promotion to Professor.  If they do, this activity should be included in the evaluation of the research agenda.