Promotion & Tenure Guidelines and Procedures, UNCG-Biology
These guidelines and procedures conform and are subservient to the following University and College promotion and tenure procedures and guidelines:
- http://provost.uncg.edu/documents/personnel/Proposed PT Regs Final.pdf (The Regulations)
University procedures and timetables for reappointment of Assistant Professors, and for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, are laid out in Sections 3.D, 4.A. and 4.B.i of the Promotion, Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Due Process Regulations of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (the Regulations).
College criteria for reappointment, and for and for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, are given in Part II, Sections 1 and 2 of the College Guidelines on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion.
Guidelines for Assistant Professors
Teaching: Assistant Professors are expected to develop and teach graduate courses and/or undergraduate courses in their specialty area and to direct undergraduate and graduate students in research. Assistant Professors are required to regularly obtain written peer evaluations and student evaluations for all their courses. Evidence of effective teaching includes active engagement in student mentoring, satisfactory student evaluations based on the departmental instrument, including student comments, and satisfactory written, peer evaluations from tenured members of the biology faculty.
Research: Assistant Professors are expected to develop an independent and productive research program, to solicit and obtain external funding sufficient to support that program. The candidate must show promise of continuing on a research path that will lead to promotion to Professor. Assistant Professors are expected to provide high quality mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students in research. Evidence of research productivity includes regular publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, successful mentoring of students, and success at obtaining research funding. Quantity and quality of publications will be evaluated. Generally, funding derived from proposals that are nationally or internationally peer-reviewed will be viewed especially favorably. Evidence of effective research also may include patents, research presentations (including posters) and publications by graduate and undergraduate students and defended theses and/or dissertations by graduate students. Independent research may involve collaboration. If an assistant professor's research is totally collaborative, then s/he is expected to demonstrate leadership in at least some projects, including leading at least some publications in peer-reviewed journals, and successfully leading a collaborative funding proposal or proposals.
Service: Assistant Professors are expected to provide appropriate service at the professional, community, university, college, and/or departmental levels. The level of service expected from an Assistant Professor normally includes service on up to four committees during their probationary appointment, and does not usually extend to service as the chair of a committee. Although service expectations for Assistant Professors should be less than those of tenured faculty, there must be evidence of the faculty member's ability to perform effective service.
Community-engaged Scholarship and Directed Professional Activity: If a candidate is contemplating work as a community engaged scholar they should consult the department head for guidance on how best to present their work to the department for review. Community Engaged Scholarship will be evaluated as part of the categories of teaching, research, and service. If a candidate desires to seek promotion under a portfolio that includes DPA, s/he should consult the department head for guidance in structuring their portfolio. The faculty member, department chair, and dean must discuss and agree upon the faculty member's involvement in directed professional activity (University Wide Guidelines on Promotion and Tenure, section II.D), and further conditions are placed on DPA by Assistant Professors in the College Guidelines on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (Part I).
Timetable for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure of Assistant Professors
Overview (see explanation of numbers below the box):
- Begin 4-year probationary term appointment.
- Seek reappointment.
- Begin 3-year reappointment.
- Departmental seminar on the candidate's research.
- Candidate completes autobiographical sections of P&T Form (Autobiographical Phase); external review begins.
- Formal departmental P&T vote; department prepares evaluative sections of P&T Form (Departmental Evaluation Phase).
- College and University level reviews (College/University Evaluation Phase).
- Final decision by Board of Trustees.
- Begin career phase as Associate Professor (typically 1 August).
Reappointment Procedures for Assistant Professors
Probationary Appointment: The first probationary term appointment for new Assistant Professors is four years in duration, and the first year typically begins on 1 August.
Probationary Reappointment: Prior to 15 November of the Assistant Professor's third year, the candidate will submit to the Department Head a curriculum vita along with brief statements of teaching, research, and service activity, each of one page or less. The Head will make these materials, including teaching evaluations, available for review by the Professors and Associate Professors.
The head will convene a meeting of tenured members of the department faculty senior to the candidate in rank for a discussion regarding the reappointment of the candidate for a second probationary term, of three years. Only faculty members present at the meeting may participate in the discussion and vote. If, during the discussion, the faculty members in attendance fail to reach a consensus recommendation to reappoint the candidate, then the head must leave the room so that faculty can vote on reappointment. A moderator for voting will be assigned by the head, and the vote will be written and anonymous. Results of the vote will be immediately delivered to the head, who will independently formulate a recommendation on reappointment. Both a majority of the voting faculty and the head must concur if the recommended action of the department is not to reappoint.
If the department's recommended action is not to reappoint, the procedures in the Promotion, Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Due Process Regulations of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (the Regulations) Section 3.D.ii.a.(2) will be followed.
If the department's recommended action is to reappoint, the procedures in the Regulations Section 3.D.ii.a.(3) will be followed.
Promotion and Tenure Procedures for Assistant Professors
Seminar: Normally in a candidate's fifth year since initial appointment, near the end of the Spring semester, typically in April, the candidate will present a departmental research seminar to the Department's faculty and students. The seminar should provide the audience with an overview of the candidate's research conducted at UNCG and/or of the most significant portion of this research.
By May 15 of the year prior to the commencement of his or her promotion review, the candidate should deliver to the head a completed copy of the research section of the university Promotion & Tenure Form, Part A (Candidate), and copies of his or her publications.
Selection of external reviewers takes place according to the procedures laid out in Section 4.B.i.c of the Regulations, with the addition that a candidate may request the exclusion of certain referees, with justification for exclusion. External referees, after agreeing to the Head's request to serve as a reviewer, will receive a copy of the section of Part A of the candidate's Promotion and Tenure Form that deals with research, a copy of the candidate's CV, and copies of the candidate's publications. The department head's letter of soliciting external review must not promise confidentiality from review by the candidate. The target date for receipt of external referees' letters will be 15 August.
Prior to 15 May, the candidate will give the head a completed copy of the service section of the university Promotion & Tenure Form, Part A (Candidate), and a list with contact information for up to 5 referees familiar with these activities. The Head will solicit written evaluations from these colleagues. The head's letter of soliciting review must not promise confidentiality from review by the candidate. The target date for receipt of colleagues letters will be 15 August.
During the beginning of her/his penultimate year, the candidate should complete the remaining sections of the university Promotion and Tenure Form, Part A (Candidate). This autobiographical section must be completed and uploaded to the appropriate site on Blackboard by 15 August.
Departmental Evaluation Phase: As early as possible in the Fall semester, tenured faculty members senior to the candidate in rank, will meet and review the candidate for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. The procedures laid out in the Section 4.B.i of the Regulations will be followed. Following the faculty decision, the head, or chair of the meeting, will choose two faculty members from among the tenured faculty members senior to the candidate to complete each evaluative part of the P & T Form (see Section 4.B.i.a.(2) of the Regulations). The evaluative sections of the Form should be submitted electronically to the head no later than 2 weeks before they are required to be delivered to the Dean's Office so that the head will have time to write his own independent evaluation, and upload all materials to Blackboard or deliver them to the Dean's Office by the date established by that office (usually 1 October).
College/University Evaluation Phase: This phase is fully described in the College and University (Section 4.B.ii of the Regulations) documents.
Guidelines for Promotion to Professor
Significant contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and service are expected of all candidates for promotion to Professor, and demonstrated leadership and excellence in at least two of these areas are required for promotion. Each faculty member's unique combination of skills allows considerable variation in the credentials that might qualify him or her for promotion to Professor. The most common types of evidence for achievement in the areas of teaching, research, and service are described below.
Teaching: The candidate is expected to demonstrate 1) effective teaching at graduate and/or undergraduate levels and 2) contributions to curriculum development. The candidate must provide evidence that students have found his or her teaching to be effective, including data and comments from departmental lecture and laboratory teaching evaluation forms. The candidate must also receive a strong endorsement from departmental peer reviewers of his or her teaching effectiveness.
Excellence in teaching may be documented by the quality of the research mentoring experience as demonstrated by letters solicited by the head from graduate and/or undergraduate students, and by student achievements, e. g., admission to graduate and professional programs and/or employment in the biological sciences. Qualified candidates for promotion to Professor are expected to have contributed significantly to the quality of graduate education in biology. Evidence of excellence in teaching may also include: teaching awards, significant contributions in curriculum development, high quality external reviews (such as might be available from off campus teaching assignments), and evidence of regional and/or national participation in initiatives to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Research: A candidate is expected to demonstrate 1) a sustained and productive research program supported by external funding 2) a national and/or international recognition in her/his area of research, and 3) a consistent record of publications.
Evidence of excellence includes, but is not limited to, consistent production of peer-reviewed publications in journals of good quality (including the publication of books or papers published in edited books). Evaluation of peer-reviewed publications will be based on journal quality, number of publications, and impact of published works as judged by external reviewers and by Professors in the Department. External reviewers will provide critical input in evaluating the quality of peer-reviewed and other publications. Evidence of excellence in research must include research presentations (including posters) and publications by graduate and undergraduate students, and defended theses and/or dissertations. Evidence may also include patents and/or participation in for-profit enterprises that contribute to advancement or technology transfer in the candidate's area of expertise. Independent research may involve collaboration. If an Associate Professor's research is totally collaborative, then s/he is expected to demonstrate leadership in some projects, including leading some publications in peer-reviewed journals, and successfully leading collaborative funding proposals.
Service: Candidates for promotion to Professor are expected to demonstrate 1) significant participation in departmental, College and/or University activities in ways that enhance UNCG's mission, 2) a strong record of disciplinary service, and 3) community service.
Evidence of excellence in service must include: demonstrated leadership within and outside the University. It may also include: service as a proposal and/or manuscript reviewer, participation in peer review panels, site-review committees, editorial service for a peer-reviewed journal, external review of other departments, service in professional societies, and other such activities. Excellence in community service may involve, but is not limited to, outreach to K-12 schools, public lectures and/or workshops, service on city, county or state panels or review boards, publication of popular articles on scientific topics, and other such activities.
Community-engaged Scholarship and Directed Professional Activity: If a candidate is contemplating work as a community engaged scholar they should consult the department head for guidance on how best to present their work to the department for review. Community Engaged Scholarship will be evaluated as part of the categories of teaching, research, and service. If a candidate desires to seek promotion under a portfolio that includes DPA, s/he should consult the department head for guidance in structuring their portfolio. The faculty member, department chair, and dean must discuss and agree upon the faculty member's involvement in directed professional activity (University Wide Guidelines on Promotion and Tenure, section II.D).
Process: The procedures and timetables for promotion to Professor are laid out in Sections 3.E.iii, 4.A. and 4.B.i of the Regulations. Additionally, the Full Professors in the department will review the CV's of Associate Professors during fall semester to determine whether a recommendation for promotion should be encouraged.