College P&T Guidelines on Rating Performance Areas
Rating Performance Areas
This is the default basis for promotion for most units in the College.
- For tenure and promotion to associate professor, to receive a rating of excellent, the candidate must have achieved, or be well on the way to achieving, a position of national and/or international leadership , based on a record of scholarly accomplishment and distinction appropriate to their field(s). Because tenure is a forward-looking decision, candidates should also provide evidence of an ongoing program of research or creative activity. For promotion to full professor, to receive a rating of excellent, the candidate must have achieved a position of leadership in a substantial field based on a documented and robust record of achievement and distinction.
- To receive a rating of very good for tenure and/or promotion, the candidate must present evidence of high-quality and significant contributions to the field(s), although those contributions may not yet have resulted in the same degree of progress toward establishing a national and/or international reputation that is expected for a rating of excellent.
- To receive a rating of satisfactory for tenure and/or promotion, the candidate must present evidence of sustained scholarly or creative activity that is positively evaluated while in rank.
Tenure and promotion based on excellence in teaching will be considered only in very specialized cases.
- For tenure and/or promotion to full professor, a rating of excellent in teaching requires the candidate to provide evidence of outstanding classroom instruction as well as broad teaching impact beyond the campus. The candidate’s accomplishments in classroom instruction should be comparable to those of the most effective teachers at this institution. Candidates for tenure based on teaching should also have achieved or be well on the way to achieving a national and/or international reputation for teaching impact. Candidates for promotion to full professor based on teaching should provide evidence of having achieved a national and/or international reputation as a leader in the practice or study of teaching. Examples of broad teaching impact include, but are not limited to, development of instructional/ curricular materials that are used or referenced by instructors in the candidate’s field; leadership positions in regional, national, or international organizations concerned with pedagogy; pedagogical publications or presentations; and regional, national, or international teaching awards.
- A rating of very good requires evidence of outstanding classroom instruction as well as significant contributions to teaching outside the classroom. Such contributions can include, but are not limited to, mentoring and advising that has had a demonstrable impact on student achievement; direction of the studies of undergraduate or graduate students through independent studies, research experiences, or thesis or dissertation advising; and College or campus teaching awards; as well as the examples given for teaching excellence.
- A rating of effective is appropriate for candidates who provide evidence of high-quality instruction in their own classes and a commitment to student success.
Tenure and promotion based on excellence in service/engagement will be considered only in very specialized cases.
- For tenure, to achieve a rating of excellent in service, candidates must provide evidence that they have achieved or are on their way to achieving a position of service-related leadership that is nationally or internationally recognized. For promotion to full professor, candidates must provide evidence of having achieved national/international visibility and stature resulting from service activities.
- For promotion at either rank, a rating of very good requires evidence of significant impact beyond one’s home unit on the university, the discipline, or public, private, professional, or civic organizations and institutions.
- A rating of satisfactory is appropriate for candidates who meet the general expectation that all faculty contribute meaningful service to the institution throughout their careers. For promotion to full professor, to receive a rating of satisfactory, candidates should demonstrate increased contributions to the effective operations of their units, school, the university, and/or their discipline over time.
Successful promotion based on a Balanced Case requires a candidate to be rated “Very Good” in all three performance areas. Overall, the candidate's contribution to the university must be shown to be comparable in excellence to that of a candidate with a single primary area.