Promotion to Associate Professor

Tenure and promotion are separate decisions. Promotion is recognition based on a candidate’s accomplishments completed during the review period and promotion decisions are based on papers published, grants received and graduate students graduated during the review period, as well as teaching evaluations and service to the University. 

Promotion to Associate Professor is recognition for establishing a career likely to achieve national/international prominence as evidenced by papers published in refereed scientific literature, students graduated, etc.  As one of the senior ranks in academia, promotion to associate professor is earned by a requisite degree of effort and efficacy that goes beyond the minimum criteria for tenure. Promotion decision is governed by two major classes of criteria—academic credentials and university experience, and academic performance and service. While the former describes the nominal minimums of credentials and time-in-rank necessary for promotion consideration, the latter refers to the record of actual performance and accomplishments of the candidate.

Under university regulations, a faculty member will usually not be considered for advancement to this rank until completion of 5 years as an assistant professor, but in extraordinary cases may be considered after completion of fewer years as an assistant professor. An initial appointment at the rank of associate professor may carry tenure. The right to early submission for promotion is provided without prejudice.

Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for tenure and advancement in academic rank. The overall evaluation of a candidate for promotion to associate professor shall include consideration of the faculty member's collegiality and contribution to the effective functioning of the department. The evaluation will also consider the candidate’s personal integrity and ethical/professional behavior as recognized by the University and larger academic communities.