The following criteria apply for rank.

A. Professor

1. Should have the earned doctorateora recognized terminal degree in the appropriate academic discipline; a minimum of ten years successful teaching experience, including a minimum of three years at USAO; a minimum of six full years in rank as Associate Professor.

2 Should have demonstrated excellent achievement in the three major performance areas of teaching and student advising, research or scholarly development (including creative artistic productions), and service.

3. Should have an exemplary record regarding Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

B. Associate Professor

  1. Should have the earned doctorateora terminal degree in the appropriate academic division; a minimum of four years successful teaching experience, including a minimum of three years at USAO; a minimum of four full years in rank as Assistant Professor.

  2. Should have demonstrated excellent achievement in teaching and student advising and in one of the two performance areas of research/scholarly/creative development or service.

  3. Should have an exemplary record regarding Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

C. Assistant Professor

  1. Should have a terminal degree in the appropriate academic discipline. Normally, this degree will be the earned doctorate.

  2. Shouldhavedemonstratedapotentialforsignificantachievementintheareasof teaching and student advising, research or scholarly development, and service.

  3. Forreappointment,shouldhaveanexemplaryrecordregardingFaculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

D. Instructor

! Should have a Master’s degree in the appropriate academic discipline and a demonstrated potential for significant achievement in the areas of teaching, research or scholarly development, and service.

E. Adjunct Faculty

! Appointed part-time for a single trimester and for specified courses. Adjunct faculty must meet the approval of the Division Chair in whose Division the adjunct faculty member teaches. The usual minimal standard for employment of adjunct faculty is a Master’s degree and teaching experience in the appropriate field. Exceptions are warranted in limited instances involving special expertise and experience.

F. Special Appointments

! Individuals who are not full-time regular members of the faculty may be appointed under special arrangements for a specific term and must meet the criteria for appointment as instructor, assistant, associate, or full professor.

A person having less than the above minimum qualifications for rank may be hired to a rank or promoted in those rare cases where the attained level of expertise or scholarly and professional development clearly compensate for the deficiency in formal education.

Criteria for Promotion

Promotion depends upon excellence in all areas of faculty performance with emphasis on superior teaching, and fulfillment of criteria in A through C above. Also important are support for the mission of USAO including enhancement of the IDS program, competent advising, service to the University, continuous professional growth, scholarly productivity (e.g., research, publication, original creative works, scholarly presentations), and adherence to Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.

While the overall record of performance since initial appointment is important, evidence of continued professional growth and development as a teacher and scholar since the last promotion is a prerequisite to justify further advancement in rank.

The faculty member bears the burden of demonstrating that promotion is merited.

Procedures for Promotion

After all requirements for promotion to the next higher rank have been fully met (including, but not limited to, six full years in rank as an Associate Professor or four full years in rank as an Assistant Professor), the following procedures apply:

A. A faculty member seeking promotion must submit a promotion dossier to the Division Chair by November 1 of the year following completion of the required term in rank. The earliest the promotion process can begin for an assistant professor applying for promotion to associate professor is during the fall of his or her fifth year as assistant professor, with promotion (if approved) to take effect the following fall. The earliest the promotion process can begin for an associate professor applying for promotion to full professor is during the fall of his or her seventh year as associate professor, with promotion (if approved) to take effect the following fall.

The Division Chair will submit the dossier materials to all full-time faculty of the Division serving. Division members will meet no later than November 15 to discuss the application for promotion. In a secret written ballot, full-time Division members will vote either "yes" or "no" and give written reasons supporting that vote.The ballots will be submitted to the Division Chair no later than November 15. A ballot given without reasons will not be counted. A Divisional faculty member who is currently serving on the Promotion and Tenure Committee, however, will not vote on the application at the Divisional level.

The faculty member whose request for promotion is being considered will not be present during a division discussion and vote.

The Division Chair will insure and maintain the confidentiality of every ballot and keep the original ballots in a secure place.

  1. TheDivisionChairwillprepareawrittenreportoftheDivisionfaculty'svoteand reasons given by Division Faculty. The Division Chair will also prepare her or his separate written recommendation supported by reasons. The Division Chair will forward the dossier, together with his or her written report of the Divisional faculty's recommendation and Division Chair's separate written recommendation, with reasons, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs by December 1.

  2. TheVicePresidentforAcademicAffairswillprovidethedossierandall recommendations to the chair of the Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee by December 5.

  3. The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall meet and vote on the promotion request. This committee's recommendation, with written reasons supporting the vote, together with all previous recommendations and the candidate's promotion dossier folder, shall be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than January 15. A faculty member whose request for promotion is being considered will not be present during the committee's discussion and vote.

  4. TheVicePresidentforAcademicAffairsshallprepareandsubmitherorhisseparate written recommendation, together with all other recommendations and the dossier, to the President by February 1.

  5. The President shall make a recommendation to the Board of Regents at the April meeting. The applicant will receive notification, in writing, of the Regents' decision within 15 days. If approved, promotion will become effective the following fall trimester.

An applicant not recommended for promotion at any stage of consideration before reaching the Board of Regents will be so notified by the Division Chair or the Vice President for Academic Affairs before the dossier and recommendations are forwarded to the next stage. The notice will be in writing and will include reasons for the decision.

An applicant may, at any stage in the procedures, submit a written request to the Division Chair or Vice President for Academic Affairs withdrawing the application from further consideration.

An applicant not recommended for promotion may submit a written request for a hearing to the Chair of the Academic Personnel Committee within 21 calendar days after receipt of notification of the negative recommendation. This committee will not review the substantive decision, but will review and determine only whether required procedures have been followed. The Committee will report its findings to the VPAA.

Except for a request for a hearing before the Academic Personnel Committee, time is not of the essence at any stage of the foregoing “Procedures for Promotion.”