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Criteria for faculty promotion and tenure 2002-03

To: University Tenured, Tenure-Track, and Clinical-Track Faculty
From: Jon Whitmore, Provost
Date: Aug. 26, 2002
Re: Promotion Policy and Procedures 2002-2003

Timetable 2002-2003

On or before Nov. 29 (unless the collegiate dean has set a later date)—Completion of departmental review and submission of departmental executive officers’ recommendations to the deans.

On or before Feb.3

Completion of collegiate review and submission of deans’ recommendations to the provost.

On or about March 6

Completion of review by the provost; conferences with deans, and delineation of final action.

April 2003

Final recommendations submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Over the next few months, departments and colleges will be involved in the process of arriving at recommendations for promotions in academic rank to be effective in 2003-04. This memorandum references, for the information of all faculty members, University policies and procedures related to promotions. The general criteria for promotions to academic rank are reproduced below and may be found in the Operations Manual (III 10.2, 10.4, 10.9), (www.uiowa. edu/~our/opmanual/iii/10.htm#102). The preservation of quality demands that all persons recommended for promotion should clearly satisfy the general criteria. Equity demands that these criteria be applied uniformly.

The revised Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion Decision-Making at The University of Iowa (available at www.uiowa.edu/~provost/docs/pandt97.htm) are to be followed for all tenured and tenure-track faculty. In addition, each college has written policy overning tenure and promotion decision making. Promotion of salaried clinical faculty will follow the procedures currently in place in your college.

The documentation required for each promotion decision is des-cribed in the revised Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion Decision-Making at The University of Iowa. Faculty members should be given the opportunity to submit whatever they consider relevant to the established criteria, in addition to any information or material required by University, collegiate, or departmental policy.

Tenure Decisions

The distinction of the University, in scholarship and in instruction, largely depends upon its tenured faculty. The quality of the University will be determined by the judgments exercised now in arriving at tenure decisions. This is a substantive responsibility that has lasting implications. Accordingly, a recommendation to grant tenure should be made only after careful scrutiny of the entire record and after sufficient time has elapsed to permit a sound prediction of future performance. All changes from a nontenured to a tenured status within the same rank should be considered as promotions, with the same documentation, review procedures, and time schedule as promotions in rank.

Information on prior faculty service at other institutions and the date by which a tenure or termination decision must be made appear on the Faculty Status Report that is sent to each department and college annually.

Promotion Criteria

The most important aspect of promotion decision making is evaluation of the faculty member’s performance in relation to established University criteria and the evidence supporting the evaluation. The promotion and tenure criteria are:

Qualifications and Conditions for Tenured Ranks

Qualifications and conditions of tenure and promotion for Associate Professor and Professor are as follows:

Associate Professor

1. Acknowledged record of teaching success including a record of successful direction of the work of doctoral candidates, where applicable.

2. Established record in productive scholarship supported by substantial publication or the equivalent. Original or creative work of a professional nature may be considered an equivalent of this qualification.

3. Candidate must have shown such capacity that the attainment of a full professorship may be expected. The rank will not be considered merely as a reward for long, acceptable service.

Professor

1. Acknowledged record of teaching success including a record of successful direction of the work of doctoral candidates, where applicable.

2. Established record in productive scholarship supported by substantial publication or the equivalent. Original or creative work of a professional nature may be considered an equivalent of this qualification.

3. Unmistakable evidence of recognition by peers.

Note: These criteria have been revised for faculty beginning in academic year 1999-2000 and the new criteria appear in the web version of the Operations Manual. However, until those faculty members are reviewed for tenure and promotion, the above criteria are to be applied.

Evaluation of faculty in relation to these criteria involves the following four aspects:

Evaluation of Teaching

The first step in promotion and tenure decision making is an evaluation of teaching effectiveness. Only after an affirmative judgment as to effectiveness has been made can serious consideration be given to an evaluation of scholarship and of professional service. Unless a determination is made that the candi- date is an effective teacher—whether at the departmental or interdisciplinary level—neither tenure nor promotion will be granted. Thus it is vital that
credible evidence of teaching effectiveness be included as part of the evaluation.

Evaluation of Scholarship

After an affirmative judgment is made as to teaching effectiveness, an evaluation of scholarly productivity becomes necessary. In addition to the record of publications, an evaluation of the publications is essential. Reviews of a candidate’s book, if available, should be considered. In the absence of such reviews, and for articles, and so forth, specific evaluations of the candidate’s scholarly work should be conducted by departmental colleagues. If the candidate’s field is one in which no colleague has expertise, outside reviews of the published materials are desirable.

Judgments about materials prepared to aid classroom teaching should be included under evaluation of teaching. Elementary textbooks serving primarily as teaching aids also should be included under teaching evaluations. Works intended as a new synthesis of knowledge or of methodologies in a field and which may serve as advanced textbooks should be evaluated with scholarly activities.

Evaluation of Other Professional Contributions

In addition to listing the administrative and other professional services to the University, an evaluation of the extent and quality of the service rendered should be included.

External service may include work for professional organizations and community, state, and federal agencies. Because of the diverse missions of different units and variations in the extent and character of their interaction with external groups, no general criteria of qualifying “external service” can be formulated. However, colleagues in the field and administrators should be able to make and support a judgment about the educational or scholarly value of the services rendered.

Educational Needs

Each recommendation for tenure should be accompanied by a statement of the educational needs of the department and/or college which would be filled by the candidate and the importance of the contributions the candidate will make to filling those needs.

Qualifications and Conditions for Clinical-Track Faculty

Qualifications and conditions for promotion to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor are as follows:

Associate Professor

1. Acknowledged record of service and teaching success.

2. Evidence of progress toward a record of professional productivity beyond clinical service, as defined by the college.

Professor

1. Acknowledged record of service and teaching success

2. An established record of professional productivity beyond clinical service, as defined by the college.

3. Unmistakable evidence of recognition by peers, as defined by the college.

Demonstration of artistic or scholarly achievement shall not be a requirement for reappointment or promotion of clinical track faculty.

Promotion of salaried clinical faculty will follow the procedures currently in place in your college.

 

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