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Criteria for Promotion and Tenure

Promotion shall be based on recognized performance and achievement in each of the several areas, as appropriate to the particular responsibilities assigned to the faculty member. Tenure shall be based on the potential for further achievement in the several areas enumerated on this page as indicated by performance during the provisional appointment.

The presumption is that a positive tenure decision for an assistant professor is sufficient to warrant promotion to associate professor. In an exceptional case, a decision can be made to tenure but not to promote; however, the burden would be on the committee(s) or administrator(s) who wish to separate promotion from a positive tenure decision to show why promotion is not warranted.

All candidates for the rank of assistant professor or higher must have a doctoral degree or terminal degree in their respective profession.

In addition to the University’s general criteria (HR-23), the College of Agricultural Sciences Promotion and Tenure Review Committee considers the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Faculty with Extension Appointments in the College of Agricultural Sciences (Appendix A) and the following criteria.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Assistant Professor

Resident Education

The candidate should have potential or demonstrated ability to:

  • use classroom techniques and strategies that foster learning by students
  • stimulate student interest and creativity
  • construct fair instruments for evaluation of student academic performance
  • maintain high academic standards
  • impartially and effectively counsel and advise students.

Extension Education

The candidate should have potential or demonstrated creative ability to plan and implement an effective extension education program in his/her field of competency as shown by the candidate’s ability to:

  • interpret research and conduct related educational programs including conferences, short courses, winter courses, and correspondence courses
  • evaluate and analyze problems and program needs of clientele
  • develop appropriate educational materials
  • conduct effective in-service training programs for county-based extension staff.

Associate Professor

Resident Education

In addition to possessing the qualifications for assistant professor, the candidate must have demonstrated acceptable ability to effectively help students learn as evidenced by teaching experience and performance ratings by students and colleagues. The associate professor ordinarily will have taught graduate courses, advised graduate students, and critiqued student research.

Extension Education

In addition to possessing the qualifications for assistant professor, the candidate must have demonstrated acceptable ability to:

  • exhibit originality and creative ability in designing new extension programs, and
  • assess program effectiveness and make modifications as changing needs and/or priorities arise.

Professor

Resident Education

In addition to the established criteria for members of the lower ranks, the candidate must have a proven record of effectiveness in teaching. Supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, such items as:

  • the development of instructional techniques and/or educational materials
  • publications in educational journals
  • being the recipient of professional and/or honorary awards for teaching excellence
  • being capable of directing graduate students of all levels,
  • having teaching accomplishments that have been recognized by colleagues outside the College.

Extension Education

In addition to the established criteria for members of the lower ranks, the candidate must have a proven record of effectiveness in extension education programs. Supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, such items as:

  • documented impact of the candidate’s educational programs on the clientele
  • an established outstanding recognition and reputation for an effective education program among regional and national colleagues
  • other evidence of the development and production of distinguished achievements in creative program development and delivery.

The Scholarship of Research and Creative Accomplishments

Assistant Professor (or Research Associate)

The candidate should have demonstrated ability to:

  • develop scientific hypotheses
  • properly design and conduct research in acceptable areas
  • interpret and publish results within an appropriate time period.

In addition, the candidate should have demonstrated evidence of thorough under-standing of the basic knowledge of his/her discipline, and should be a member of and participate in appropriate professional, technical, industrial, or honorary organizations.

Associate Professor (or Senior Research Associate)

In addition to possessing the qualifications of the assistant professor, the candidate must have demonstrated ability to effectively organize and direct a productive research program. Supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, such items as:

  • the conduct of independent and cooperative research,
  • research results published in scientific journals and semi-technical or popular articles in other media
  • financial support obtained for the research program
  • guidance of independent student study and research
  • growth in professional competence
  • the emergence of a regional and national reputation among peers.

The candidate must have demonstrated continuous growth in scholarship and mastery of subject matter. Supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, such items as:

  • participation in and presenting papers at professional meetings and workshops
  • a growing recognition by students, peers, and clientele of his/her above average academic performance (recipient of special awards and honors, student performance records, patents, consultant record, etc.)
  • special academic or administrative assignments.

Professor (or Senior Scientist)

In addition to the established criteria for members of the lower ranks, the candidate must have established an excellent research program. Supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, such items as:

  • documented evidence of outstanding contributions in research (publications, variety releases, patents, etc.)
  • an outstanding national reputation within the candidate’s field of specialization
  • established outstanding ability to stimulate independent student study and research
  • demonstrated effectiveness in acquiring financial support necessary to sustain a viable and productive research program consistent with recognized standards in the discipline.

The candidate must have attained outstanding recognition as an authority in his/her field of specialization. Supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, such items as:

  • presenting invited papers at national and international workshops, symposia and professional meetings
  • presenting invited seminars at other colleges, universities or learned groups
  • professional improvement through fellowships, sabbatical study, visiting professorships
  • membership on regional, national or international professional organization or society committees concerned with policies and priorities,
  • editorships, lectureships, awards and honors.

Service and The Scholarship of Service to the University, Society and The Profession

A University often is defined as a community of scholars sharing their collective and individual knowledge with enrolled students as well as with society at large.

The College of Agricultural Sciences acknowledges the need of its members to be involved in service to the University, public outreach service as a representative of the University, (especially when it pertains to expertise associated with their field of specialization) and service to their professions.

The College of Agricultural Sciences considers the following criteria in evaluating performance as a service to the University, the public, and the profession.

Service to the University

Candidates for tenure or promotion must have given service to the University community. Service to the University may be shown by, but is not limited to, evidence of:

  • participation in departmental, College and University committees and bodies pertaining to governance and function
  • special academic and/or administrative service assignments
  • performance of other services to the University community.

Candidates for tenure or promotion to associate professor should present evidence to show modest service on departmental committees and activities. Candidates for promotion to professor shall present evidence of leadership in departmental and College committees and activities or service in University committees, task forces or activities.

Outreach Service as a Representative of the University

Candidates for tenure or advancement in rank are encouraged to provide outreach service to the public. This service may be shown by, but is not limited to, evidence of:

  • professional assistance and consultation to agricultural groups, public organizations, government, and private citizens
  • service on state, national or international committees through which the faculty member contributes knowledge, ideas, and leadership

Service to the Profession

Candidates for tenure or advancement in rank are encouraged to provide service to their professions. This service may be shown by, but is not limited to, evidence of active participation in professional and learned societies (e.g., offices held, committee work, and other responsibilities).