Assessment of Professional Development for FTNTT Promotion

  1. Professional Development is an essential and critical component of University activity. Professional Development includes those activities that contribute to the individual’s ability to excel in teaching and contribute to the advancement of their discipline. The candidate must provide the college's review committee with ample descriptive evidence of his/her Professional Development activity. 
  2. Faculty members are encouraged to hold membership in professional societies, attend and participate in institutes and seminars, organize institutes, seminars, and workshops, insofar as such activities enhance their professional competency and advance their discipline. 
  3. Professional Development – Instructional Track
    Professional development for instructional track faculty are activities to keep the member current in his/her field including conferences, seminars, symposiums, work-shops, flight training, consulting, obtaining additional certifications or degrees, professional presentations or any activity that advances the faculty member’s teaching and/or knowledge. 
  4. Professional Development – Practitioner Track
    Professional development for faculty in the practitioner track will be evaluated based on maintenance of certificates and licensures necessary for the practice, obtaining additional certificates or licensures, maintaining or obtaining any special professional designations, membership and participation in professional organizations, attendance and/or presentations at professional conferences or organizations, facilitating public outreach, developing or organizing specialized learning opportunities such as camps and lecture series (for collegiate, secondary or elementary) students and developing, revising and/or implementing new operational workplace procedures enhancing performance or safety in the area of practice relative to assigned duties. 
  5. Standards for the Evaluation of Professional Development
    1. Indicators on which the assessment of the quality of Professional Development activity is based are provided in Tables 3-7A and 3-7B. Table 3-7B provides a list of the Professional Development activities recognized by the CAE that should be used as criteria for evaluating a candidate's performance in Professional Development for promotion. These activities are largely those that result in increased content knowledge and skills associated with their subject matter; Improved pedagogical knowledge and skills; increased knowledge and use of Instructional technology, media, and materials to improve classroom management, communication, and instruction.
    2. Indicators of the quality of a faculty member’s Professional Development record include the quality and quantity of Professional Development activities. All FTNTT-Instructional Track faculty members in the College are expected to produce records of Professional Development that reflect their disciplinary focus. The attributes of an individual faculty member’s Professional Development activity will vary across disciplines.
    3. To achieve “excellent” in the category of scholarship at the time a faculty member stands for promotion, she/he should have established a record which demonstrates an impact upon his/her discipline. Unless stated in the candidate’s annual workload statement, formal publications, grant writing, and presentations are not required for promotion within FTNTT ranks. Reviewers will evaluate promotion according to criteria listed in the related addendum of the Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement. Within this context, each faculty member who will seek promotion is obligated to provide evidence supporting his/her record. In turn, the members of the College's NPAB and the Dean shall evaluate a candidate’s record in light of the College's expectations for a successful promotion decision.
  1. Table 3-7B. Criteria for Evaluation of Performance in Professional Development

    CAE Guidelines

    Criteria for Evaluation of Performance

    Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty


    Professional Development


    Note: Reviewers will evaluate based upon the documented degree of excellence achieved within any given category for those activities that are related to their discipline. The candidate is expected to provide a clear explanation of the nature and importance of accomplishments, initiatives taken, leadership roles, etc. Reviewers will be looking for specifics.


    Documentation should demonstrate the degree of application to Professional Development such as impact on the profession, professional growth, etc. Reviewers will note that authorship/publication of books and articles, and/or grant writing activities, unless required by an FTNTT’s track or workload, are not required. When related activities as listed below exist, they are supplementary and absence of them does not disqualify an FTNTT from exemplary or favorable performance.


    The criteria listed below are not all inclusive and the committee may consider items submitted by the faculty member that are not listed, but are considered relevant.


    Viewed as exemplary performance:

    • Upgrade or acquisition of additional professional credentials (Including advanced degrees, certifications, licensures, etc.)
    • Significant Upgrade or new academic credentials related to the discipline
    • Funded proposals (RFPs)
    • Professional experience as necessary to maintain currency in the faculty member’s field.
    • Study and/or training (formal or informal) of emerging subjects/materials which can be incorporated into courses and curriculum. Integration of emerging subjects/materials into courses and curricula.
    • Authorship of technical/professional book
    • Authorship of technical/professional refereed article in professional publication, including professionally affiliated e-journal
    • Authorship of technical/professional refereed article in conference proceedings
    • Editorship of a refereed journal or reviewer of refereed journal articles and/or textbook chapters
    • Awards (outstanding scholar award, membership by invitation in honor societies)
    • Awarding of patents through the university
    • Peer-reviewed papers in the peer-reviewed journals in discipline
    • Peer-reviewed papers in the proceedings of conferences in discipline
    • Extramural/externally funded research or development grants; research or development seed grants except for Research Track
    • Presentations at regional, national/international conferences
    • Research-related service to federal/state organizations
    • Awards, recognition from national and international scientific societies
    • Participating with industry related government bodies as a presenter, collaborator or consultant


    Viewed favorably:

    • Maintenance of professional credentials (Including advanced degrees, certifications, licensures, etc., as evidence of maintaining currency in technical/professional obligations)
    • Authorship of chapter(s) in technical/professional books
    • Authorship of technical/professional non-refereed articles (technical reports and contractor reports)
    • Authorship in other categories, e.g., book reviews, professional newsletters, professional websites, and other professional publications
    • Presentations in professional meetings (oral or poster) in own discipline
    • Technical presentations at other departments or institutions
    • Contributions to professional newsletters, websites, and other professional publications.
    • Unfunded or pending proposals (RFPs)
    • Professional experience (e.g. consulting, paid or unpaid), w/documentation vis-à-vis resultant professional growth
    • Professional development (attending courses, conferences, or workshops; internship; chairing sessions)
    • Awarding of patents outside one's discipline
    • Textbook reviewer or author of supplemental materials for an existing textbook
    • Presentations at state and local conferences
    • Papers in the middle tier peer-reviewed journals in discipline
    • Papers in the lower middle tier journals in discipline
    • Papers, articles, professional publications, and other scholarly publications in discipline (non-peer reviewed)


    Viewed unfavorably and/or not considered:

    • Irrelevant, poorly explained, and/or inappropriately documented citations of any activity.