Criteria for Promotion of Full Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication hires most full time non-tenure track faculty at the assistant professor level, generally with a terminal degree of either a Ph.D., J.D., M.F.A., or a master’s degree with significant professional experience, as determined by the search committee in consultation with the Director and Dean.

  1. Teaching

    Full time non-tenure track faculty generally teach more than tenure-track faculty, and they are evaluated primarily on their track record in the classroom, as exhibited by responsiveness to teaching evaluations from professional colleagues and teaching peers, as well as students, professional improvement, and industry engagement as appropriate. This rigorous review is detailed in Table 4 of the Appendix to this Section of the Handbook.

  2. Service

    Full time non-tenure track faculty in JMC who have service obligations specified on their workload statements or letters of appointment are expected to provide service to the school. A faculty member’s willingness to make contributions to the overall progress of the School is an important measure of the faculty member’s fitness for promotion.

    Contributions as a University citizen include service to the School, the College, and the University as outlined in Table 5. The merits of University service should be evaluated as to (1) whether or not the candidate chaired the committee listed and (2) the importance of the service to the mission of the unit served. Other components of citizenship include active participation in School events, such as faculty- undergraduate- and graduate-student recruitment, seminars and department meetings, etc.

    Additional components of service include public outreach and professional or academic service. These may differ in their importance among faculty members, depending on each faculty member’s duties and responsibilities within the School.

    Expectations in service for promotion to Senior Lecturer/Professor are higher than for promotion to Associate Lecturer/Associate Professor. The former requires that the candidates exceed service expectations. The latter requires that the candidates meet them.

  3. Professional Development

    In addition to showing significant success in teaching, full time non-tenure track faculty candidates for promotion must show they have accomplished a great deal professionally. Given that the areas for professional development within JMC are broad, professional development is evidenced via the effective alignment of activities to the workload statement/appointment letter. Examples might include (but are not limited to) professional awards, active roles in professional organizations, or publication / appearance / presentations in an industry specific outlet, or creative works relevant to the field. Table 6 in the Appendix to this Section of the Handbook outlines evaluation criteria.

    Expectations in professional development for promotion to Senior Lecturer/Professor are higher than promotion to Associate Lecturer/Associate Professor. The former requires that the candidates exceed professional development expectations. The latter requires that the candidates meet them.