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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. 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,  professional development, and appropriate service.  The specific procedures and requirements for applying for promotion are located in the Mentor Model InfoGuide.

 

INSTRUCTOR

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 SACSCOC 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.

 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

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 SACSCOC 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 five 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.)

 

 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

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 SACSCOC 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 five 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.)

 

 

PROFESSOR

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.)

 

 

SENIOR PROFESSOR

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 five 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

 

Faculty Mentor Model InfoGuide