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Faculty Guidelines

Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion

The faculty have developed a set of guidelines to guide decisions for appointment and promotion. For convenience the document is reproduced here in its entirety.

OVERVIEW

The system of faculty ranking is based on recognizing faculty contributions. Faculty are promoted for demonstrating in their application and supporting documentation that they are making meaningful contributions. To be eligible for promotion, faculty must demonstrate effective teaching, counseling, or librarianship, professional development, and appropriate service.

INSTRUCTOR:

TEACHING FACULTY:

Instructors are performing at a satisfactory level, and they are in the process of becoming more effective and innovative teachers. Their primary contribution lies in their teaching, and they are defining their potential areas of professional development and are beginning to achieve results in these areas.

To be appointed to the rank of instructor, one must:

  • Hold credentials in compliance with SACS criteria for the teaching position and any additional credentials required by appropriate accrediting or licensing agencies in specialized fields.

To be reappointed each year prior to earning a continuing contract, an instructor must maintain at least the credentials held at the time of initial appointment and demonstrate

  • Effective teaching.
  • Appropriate professional development.

LIBRARIANS:

Librarians in the Instructor rank make their primary contribution to the institution through teaching the skills necessary to efficiently access the information, which the college community needs. This contribution includes both public services, such as providing reference service (point-of-use instruction) and library skills workshops, and technical services, such as collection building and borrower services. Librarians in the Instructor Rank are performing these services at a satisfactory level. They are defining their potential areas of professional development and beginning to achieve results in these areas.

To be appointed to the rank of Librarian/Instructor one must hold a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution and meet all SACS criteria for the position.

To be reappointed each year prior to earning a continuing contract a librarian must meet the same general criteria as instructional faculty including:

  • Effective job performance and teaching.
  • Appropriate professional development.

COUNSELORS:

Counselors in the Instructor rank are performing at a satisfactory level, and they are in the process of becoming more effective and innovative counselors. Their primary contribution lies in their counseling and they are defining their potential areas of professional development and they are beginning to achieve results in these areas.

To be appointed to the rank of instructor one must hold a Master’s Degree and meet SACS criteria for the counseling position.

To be reappointed each year prior to earning a continuing contract, a counselor must maintain at least the credentials held at the time of initial appointment and demonstrate:

  • Effective counseling
  • Appropriate professional development
  • Student Academic Advising

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

TEACHING FACULTY:

Assistant Professors exhibit professional growth and are effective and innovative teachers. They demonstrate positive collegial relationships. They are aware of the need for continued professional growth and seek ways of improving.

To be appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of initial hiring one must:

  • Present evidence of at least three years of creditable experience or have an earned Doctorate degree.
  • Hold credentials in compliance with SACS criteria.
  • Present evidence of appropriate professional development and service.

To earn promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor an Instructor must have served at least three years in the rank of Instructor, and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Effective and innovative teaching.
  • Appropriate professional development.
  • Appropriate service to the college at least at the departmental level. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)

LIBRARIANS:

Librarians in the Assistant Professor Rank exhibit professional growth and are effective and innovative librarians. They demonstrate positive collegial relationships. They are aware of the need for professional growth and seek ways of improving.

To be appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of initial hiring one must:

  • Present evidence of at least three years of successful full-time librarianship, that includes instructional either responsibilities or hold a doctorate degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Meet all SACS criteria for the position.
  • Present evidence of appropriate professional development and service.

To earn promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor, a Librarian in the Instructor Rank must meet the same general criteria as instructional faculty including:

  • Effective and innovative job performance and teaching,
  • Appropriate professional development.
  • Appropriate service to the college.

COUNSELORS:

Counselors in the Assistant Professor rank exhibit professional growth and are effective and innovative counselors. They demonstrate positive collegial relationships. They are aware of the need for continued professional growth and seek ways of improving.

To be appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor at the time of initial hiring one must:

  • Present evidence of at least three years of successful full-time counseling at the post-secondary level or have an earned Doctorate degree.
  • Hold credentials in compliance with SACS criteria.
  • Present evidence of appropriate professional development and service.

To earn promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor, a Counselor in the rank of Instructor must have served at least three years in the rank of Instructor, and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Effective and innovative counseling
  • Appropriate professional development
  • Appropriate service to the college at least at the departmental level. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)
  • Student Academic Advising

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR:

TEACHING FACULTY:

Associate Professors are effective and innovative teachers who continue to improve in refining skills in dealing with students. They constantly evaluate their methods of teaching and seek innovative approaches to instruction. They are consistent and active in college service. They also serve as mentors to less experienced faculty.

To be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor at the time of initial hiring one must:

  • Present evidence of at least seven years of creditable experience.
  • Hold appropriate credentials according to SACS criteria.
  • Present evidence of sustained and significant professional development, service and recognition.
  • Hold a doctorate degree and have at least four years of creditable experience.

To earn promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, an Assistant Professor must have served at least four years in the rank of Assistant Professor and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Effective and innovative teaching.
  • Sustained and significant professional development.
  • Sustained and significant service to the department and the college. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)

LIBRARIANS:

Librarians in the Associate Professor Rank are effective and innovative librarians who continue to improve and refine their skills. They constantly evaluate their methods and seek innovative approaches to providing improved customer service. They are consistent and active in college service. They also serve as mentors to less experienced librarians.

To be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor, at the time of initial hiring one must:

  • Present evidence of at least seven years of successful full-time librarianship, which included instructional responsibilities.
  • Hold appropriate credentials according to SACS criteria.
  • Present evidence of sustained and significant professional development, service and recognition.
  • Hold a doctorate degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution and have at least five years of creditable experience.

To earn promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, a Librarian in the Assistant Professor Rank must meet the same general criteria as instructional faculty including:

  • Effective and innovative job performance and teaching.
  • Sustained and significant professional development.
  • Sustained and significant service to the college.

COUNSELORS:

Counselors in the Associate Professor rank are effective and innovative counselors who continue to improve in refining skills in dealing with students. They constantly evaluate their methods of counseling and seek innovative approaches to providing improved student support services. They are consistent and active in college service. They also serve as mentors to less experienced faculty.

To be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor at the time of initial hiring one must: Present evidence of at least seven years of creditable experience.

  • Hold appropriate credentials according to SACS criteria.
  • Present evidence of effective and innovative counseling.
  • Present evidence of sustained and significant professional development, service and recognition.
  • Hold a doctorate degree and have at least five years of creditable experience.

To earn promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, a counselor in the rank of Assistant Professor must have served at least four years in the rank of Assistant Professor, and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Effective and innovative counseling.
  • Sustained and significant professional development.
  • Sustained and significant service to the department and the college. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)
  • Student Academic Advising

PROFESSOR:

TEACHING FACULTY:

Professors are effective and innovative teachers, leaders and mentors at the college or in the profession.

To earn promotion to the rank of Professor, an Associate Professor must have served at least five years in the rank of Associate Professor; and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Effective and innovative teaching,
  • Sustained and significant professional development,
  • Sustained and significant service to the college in leadership roles at the department or college-wide level or both. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)

LIBRARIANS:

Librarians in the Professor rank are effective and innovative librarians, leaders and mentors at the college or in the profession.

To earn promotion to the rank of Professor, a Librarian in the Associate Professor Rank must meet the same general criteria as instructional faculty including:

  • Effective and innovative job performance and teaching.
  • Sustained and significant professional development.
  • Sustained and significant service to the college in leadership roles. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)

COUNSELORS:

Counselors in the Professor rank are effective and innovative counselors, leaders, and mentors at the college or in the profession.

To earn promotion to the rank of Professor, an Associate Professor must have served at least five years in the rank of Associate Professor and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Effective and innovative counseling.
  • Sustained and significant professional development. • Sustained and significant service to the college in leadership roles at the department or college-wide level or both. (Community service may also contribute to this requirement.)
  • Student Academic Advising.

SENIOR PROFESSOR

TEACHING FACULTY:

Senior Professors are effective and innovative teachers, and leaders at the college or in the profession. They also serve as mentors to less experienced faculty.

To earn promotion to the rank of Senior Professor, a professor must have served at least 5 years in the rank of Professor and present an application and supporting documentation that demonstrate:

  • Significant professional accomplishment in the pertinent area(s) of specialization (Note: this does not demand recognition outside the institution, especially in service, where significant accomplishment is more likely to involve high-level college wide leadership, such as through Senate or Planning Council, or, in pedagogy, through serving as a facilitator in pedagogical activities like WAC/WID, CTI, etc.)
  • Effective and innovative job performance and teaching
  • Sustained and significant professional development
  • Sustained and significant service to the college in leadership roles (Community service may also contribute to this requirement)
  • Sustained and significant mentoring

LIBRARIANS:

Librarians in the Senior Professor rank are effective and innovative librarians, leaders and mentors at the college or in the profession.

To earn promotion to the rank of Professor, a Librarian in the Associate Professor Rank must meet the same general criteria as instructional faculty:

  • Significant professional accomplishment in the pertinent area(s) of specialization
  • Effective and innovative job performance and teaching
  • Sustained and significant professional development
  • Sustained and significant service to the college in leadership roles (Community service may also contribute to this requirement)
  • Sustained and significant mentoring

COUNSELORS:

Counselors in the Senior Professor rank are effective and innovative counselors and leaders at the college or in the profession. They also serve as mentors to less experienced faculty.

To earn promotion to the rank of Senior Professor, a Counselor in the Professor Rank must meet the same general criteria as instructional faculty:

  • Significant professional accomplishment in the pertinent area(s) of specialization
  • Effective and innovative job performance and teaching
  • Sustained and significant professional development
  • Sustained and significant service to the college in leadership roles (Community service may also contribute to this requirement) 
  • Sustained and significant mentoring