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Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

Assistant Professor

Minimum criteria
Completion of the doctorate required

Teaching
Demonstrate consistent development of teaching effectiveness in the classroom and in other activities related to teaching; receives as a minimum a teaching evaluation by the department chair of "above expectations." Teaching evaluations demonstrate a consistent pattern of improvement. Examples: progress of students; writing new courses and integrating instructional technology; developing programs/workshops; continuing education; encouraging co-curricular undergraduate student activities outside the classroom. Provides effective academic advisement. Demonstrates familiarity with departmental and university  requirements and procedures.

Professional Contributions
Makes professional contributions, including: publication of articles in refereed, scholarly journals recognized within the academic community; books published with university presses or reputable academic publishers; presentations at professional conferences; also active participation in one's professional organizations (holds offices, performs committee duties). Engages in professional activity that promises to lead to significant contributions in the field. Engages in professional development activities. Examples: attends continuing education programs, professional conferences, institutes, workshops, etc.

Service
Participates actively in departmental, college and university programs and committees. Examples: contributions to committees; Honors Academy; academic enrichment activities, etc. Contributes effectively to the development of the department. Examples: introduces curriculum changes; is involved with departmental committees; advises language club. Maintains positive working relationship with colleagues within the
department, college, and university. Appreciates and works toward the best interests and the development of the objectives of the department, college, and university. Engages in effective working relationships with colleagues; helps colleagues identify goals and assist in their accomplishment; contributes to problem-resolution.
 
Associate Professor

Minimum criteria
Completion of the doctorate and six years of teaching experience at Radford University or other accredited institutions, three of which must be with the doctorate, are required (or the doctorate and ten years of other specialized service which fits the position held as determined by the Provost in consultation with the department chair, including academic service and other specialized service).

Teaching
Demonstrates excellence in teaching effectiveness both in the classroom and in other activities related to teaching; receives as a minimum a teaching evaluation by the department chair of "above expectations." Examples: (see also Assistant Professor) revises and introduces new courses; updates and reorganizes course content; and applies innovative teaching methods. Provides increasingly effective academic advisement and familiarity with department and university requirements and procedures.

Professional Contributions
Demonstrates continued professional development and professional contributions through activities appropriate to one's discipline. Examples: (see also Assistant Professor) presentations at professional workshops or conferences; books; publications in refereed professional journals, conference proceedings; involvement in other research activities; conference proceedings editor; funded grant proposal; participation in professional organizations.

Service
Performs university service on department, college and/or university levels, see also Assistant Professor. Engages in effective working relationships with colleagues. Examples: respects and cooperates with others, offers positive suggestions to improve department, responds positively to requests for assistance.

Tenure
Completion of the doctorate and conclusion of a probationary period of 6 years of teaching experience at Radford University or other accredited institution. Up to a total of two years of prior service at another accredited institution could count as part of the probationary period at RU. The faculty member's decision to count or to waive credit for prior service will be made at time of initial hiring. Teaching excellence, service to the academic community and a proven record of publications and research consistent with the requirements for promotion to the rank of associate professor. Other criteria for tenure include the projected need for the individual's expertise within the department, professional cooperation with colleagues within the department, college and institution; positive contributions to the development of the objectives of the department, college, and institution.
 
Professor

Holds a terminal degree in the discipline or field in the discipline or field in which he or she will be employed to teach and has a minimum often years of full-time service at accredited collegiate institutions, and has exemplary contributions in teaching, service, and scholarship.

Exceptions to the above minimal criteria, including credit for other specialized experience which fits the position to which appointed, may be made upon positive recommendations by the Department Personnel Committee, the Department Chair, and the College Dean with the approval of the Provost.

Teaching
Demonstrates exemplary teaching effectiveness both in the classroom and in other teaching related activities; receives as a minimum a teaching evaluation by the department chair of "outstanding". Examples: (see also Assistant Professor) revises and introduces new courses, updates and reorganizes course content, and shows familiarity with department and university requirements and procedures.

Professional Contributions
Engages in consistent professional productivity which enhances the advancement of the profession and contributes to self-development as a teacher and scholar. Promotion to Professor should result after a candidate has demonstrated significant scholarly achievements beyond those that contributed to his or her promotion to Associate Professor. Examples: (see also Assistant Professor) books; publications in refereed
professional journals; director of funded research projects; other evidence of on-going research activities; presentations at professional workshops or conferences; reviewer of manuscripts or grant proposals. Has colleague recognition off-campus as a contributing member of one's discipline.

Service

Demonstrates effective leadership skills that contribute to the fulfillment of the goals for the department, the college, and the university. Promotes and facilitates the continued development of the department. Maintains high standards and effectiveness in all professional relationships. Examples: (see also Assistant Professor) motivates other faculty to achieve high performance, serves as a positive role model, readily offers and
provides assistance.

Revised February, 2007