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Criteria for Faculty Rank

Full-Time Faculty

Professor

The Standards that have to be met for the rank of Professor are:

Academic Preparation: Doctorate or terminal degree

Professional Experience: Minimum of nine years successful full-time* university teaching (or equivalent) including at least four years teaching at Stevenson University. Three of those four years at Stevenson University must have been served at the Associate Professor level. **

*Adjunct faculty service at SU may be translated into years of full-time service for the purpose of determining eligibility for promotion according to this formula: 30 credit hours or the equivalent of adjunct faculty service equals one year of full-time service.

  1. No more than 60 credit hours or their equivalent may be applied to the service requirements for promotion.
  2. No fewer than 30 credit hours or their equivalent may be applied to the service requirements for promotion. Only one year of full-time service may be credited for 30 to 59 credit hours (See also Faculty Promotions in Section 4.6).

** In the case of new hires with substantial teaching experience at another institution, the requirements for years of teaching at SU, at this and other full-time ranks, may be waived at the discretion of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Professional Competence and Scholarship: Achievement of superior breadth and depth of knowledge in the field, as evidenced by such things as (but not limited to) continuing study (credit or non-credit) in the discipline, conference presentations, conference attendance, publications, poster sessions, exhibitions, creative performances, editorships or curatorships, academic awards and recognition, software development, course development. Faculty member shows consistent manifestation of professional growth and scholarly activity.

Teaching Effectiveness: Superior level of teaching proficiency, as evidenced by such things as (but not limited to) implementation of innovative teaching methods or course enhancements (including technology enhancements), attendance at faculty workshops, facilitation of faculty workshops, positive student and peer evaluations, teaching awards and recognition, letters of commendation from Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, or School Deans.

Service to University and Profession: Outstanding leadership and creative contribution to the total objectives of the university, and to the profession as a whole, including such things as outstanding service on committees, high commitment to and superior effectiveness in student advising, mentoring of students or peers beyond routine duties (e.g. PASS program mentor, new faculty mentor), special service that enhances the campus mission or efficiency, service to external agencies related to the University (e.g. Middle States evaluator), active involvement in professional associations (e.g. serving on association Subcommittees or holding office in a professional association), active involvement in the campus culture (e.g. campus life, university events, cultural events, and sporting events).

Associate Professor

The Standards that have to be met for the rank of Associate Professor are:

Academic Preparation: Doctorate or terminal degree (see also Faculty Promotions Section 4.6).

Professional Experience: Minimum of six years successful full-time* (or equivalent) university teaching, including at least four years full time at SU. Two of those years at Stevenson must have been served at the Assistant Professor level. **

* For formula used to count adjunct teaching toward the minimum at SU, see note under Professor rank.

** In the case of new hires with substantial teaching experience at another institution, the requirements for years of teaching at SU, at this and other full-time ranks, may be waived at the discretion of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Professional Competence and Scholarship: Sustained high level of breadth and depth of knowledge in the field, as evidenced by such things as (but not limited to) continuing study (credit or non-credit) in the discipline, conference presentations, conference attendance, publications, poster sessions, exhibitions, creative performances, editorships or curatorships, awards and recognition, software development, course development. Faculty member shows consistent manifestation of professional growth and scholarly activity.

Teaching Effectiveness: Sustained effort toward and high level of success in improving teaching proficiency, as evidenced by such things as (but not limited to) implementation of innovative teaching methods or course enhancements (including technology enhancements), attendance at faculty workshops, presentation of faculty workshops, student and peer evaluations, awards and recognition, letters of commendation from Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, or School Deans.

Service to University and Profession: Evidence of leadership and creative contribution to the total objectives of the university, and to the profession as a whole, including such service as significant involvement in committee work, high level of effectiveness in student advising, efforts to mentor students or peers beyond routine duties (e.g. PASS program mentor, new faculty mentor), service to external agencies related to the University (e.g. Middle States evaluator), active involvement in professional associations (e.g. serving on association Subcommittees or holding office in a professional association).

Assistant Professor

The Standards that have to be met for the rank of Assistant Professor are:

Academic Preparation: Doctorate or terminal degree (see Faculty Promotions, Part C); or Master’s degree plus 30 additional graduate credits indicating continued study in the field; or equivalent certified specialization with three years successful full-time* university teaching experience at SU.

*For formula used to count adjunct teaching toward the minimum at SU, see note under Professor rank.

Professional Experience: Prior teaching experience at the university level preferred but not required.

Professional Competence and Scholarship: Proven competence in one's area of specialization, as evidenced by such things as (but not limited to), conference presentations, conference attendance, publications, poster sessions, exhibitions, creative performances, editorships or curatorships, awards and recognition, software development, course development. Faculty member shows evidence of professional growth and scholarly activity.

Teaching Effectiveness: Sustained effort toward improving teaching proficiency, as evidenced by such things as (but not limited to) implementation of innovative teaching methods or course enhancements (including technology enhancements), attendance at faculty workshops, presentation of faculty workshops, student and peer evaluations,

awards and recognition, letters of commendation from Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, or School Deans.

Service to University and Profession: Evidence of capacity for leadership and creative contribution to the total objectives of the university, and to the profession as a whole, including such service as regular involvement in committee work, commitment to and effectiveness in student advising, efforts to mentor students beyond routine duties (e.g. PASS program mentor), service to external agencies related to the University (e.g. Middle States evaluator), active involvement in professional associations (e.g. serving on association Subcommittees or holding office in a professional association).

Instructor

The Standards that have to be met for the rank of Instructor are:

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a master’s degree; or equivalent certified specialization; or equivalent professional expertise.

Professional Experience: Prior teaching experience at the university level preferred but not required.

Professional Competence: Competence in and commitment to professional growth in one's area of specialization; interest in continued professional development, including such things as involvement in professional associations.

Teaching Effectiveness: Evidence of interest in, and the ability to communicate with the student. Faculty member shows the capacity to encourage students and promote effective learning. Commitment to continued improvement of teaching proficiency.

Service to University and Profession: Willingness to contribute to the University community by participating actively in committees and campus activities. Faculty member shows a willingness to collaborate with faculty and staff to promote the goals of the university.

Effective August 2015, the rank of Instructor will be discontinued for all new appointments.

Faculty hired prior to August 2015 who hold the rank of Instructor are exempted from the requirement that it be a visiting, limited term appointment.

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer

The standards that have to be met for the rank of Senior Lecturer/Lecturer are:

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a master’s degree; or equivalent certified specialization; or equivalent professional expertise.

Professional Experience: Prior teaching experience at the university level preferred but not required.

Professional Competence: Competence in and commitment to professional growth in an appropriate area of specialization.

Teaching Effectiveness: Since the focus of faculty members holding this rank is teaching, strong evidence of interest in communicating with students and facilitating learning is paramount. A commitment to continued improvement of teaching proficiency should also be demonstrated.

Service to the University and Profession: Service as an academic advisor is required.

Levels: “Senior Lecturer” designates Lecturers holding a terminal degree or those who have served in this rank for six or more years. Lecturers who serve six years in the rank automatically attain the level of Senior Lecturer beginning in the seventh year of service.

Visiting Faculty

Appointment as a full-time visiting faculty member can be made at the rank of Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, or Visiting Instructor in accordance with the criteria set forth above for these ranks. The visiting faculty appointment is for one year.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Professor

The Standards that have to be met for the rank of Adjunct Professor are:

Academic Preparation: Doctorate or terminal degree OR minimum of Master’s degree or equivalent certified specialization AND successful university teaching experience at SU after teaching the following credit hours:

  • 54 credit hours at the standard adjunct load, or
  • 66 contact hours for those who teach in Mathematics, or
  • 72 contact hours for those who teach in Laboratory Sciences, Film/Video, Theater, and Visual Communication Design.

Or minimum of Master’s degree or equivalent certified specialization and 5 years successful university teaching experience at SU.

Professional Competence: Shows competence and commitment to professional growth in one's area of specialization; interest in continued professional development, including such things as involvement in professional associations.

Teaching Effectiveness: Shows evidence of interest in, and the ability to communicate with the student. Faculty member shows the capacity to encourage students and promote effective learning. Shows commitment to continued improvement of teaching proficiency.

Service to University and Profession: Shows willingness to contribute to the University community and/or the professional community as demonstrated by participating in university and/or professional activities. Faculty member shows a willingness to collaborate with others to promote the goals of the university.

Adjunct Instructor

The Standards that have to be met for the rank of Adjunct Instructor are:

Academic Preparation: Minimum of master’s degree or equivalent certified specialization.

Professional Competence: Competence in one’s area of specialization; interest in continued professional development, including such things as involvement in professional associations.

Teaching Effectiveness: Evidence of interest in and the ability to communicate with the undergraduate student. Commitment to continued improvements in teaching proficiency and to promoting student learning.

Service to University and Profession: Shows willingness to contribute to the University community and/or the professional community as demonstrated by participating in university and/or professional activities. Faculty member shows a willingness to collaborate with others to promote the goals of the university.

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