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Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Philosophy and Principles

In accordance with the principle of academic freedom and the policies of the University System of Georgia and the University of North Georgia, the Department of Criminal Justice recognizes the talents, contributions, and accomplishments of its qualified faculty members by endorsing their applications for tenure and promotion.  An endorsement for tenure represents the Department’s assessment that the faculty member’s record shows convincing evidence of the faculty member’s long-term value to the Department and the University.  An endorsement for a promotion represents the Department’s assessment that the faculty member’s capabilities and contributions are commensurate with the expectations that others in the university and scholarly community associate with the higher rank.  The Department agrees that faculty hired with credit toward tenure and promotion should be allowed to include, for evaluation and consideration, all work produced within the credited years in both tenure and promotion applications.

Criteria for Tenure

Consideration for tenure is based upon three fundamental criteria: teaching, scholarship, and service.  A candidate must apply for tenure during his/her fifth or sixth years of employment at UNG (Faculty Handbook 5.4).  A candidate denied tenure in his/her sixth year cannot apply again.

Teaching

For tenure, a candidate is expected to demonstrate a record of accomplishment in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.   A candidate’s teaching ability will be judged using the following criteria:

  1. Student Evaluations: The candidate must continually maintain average annual scores of 3.5 or above on the student evaluations of their performance.
  2. Peer Reviews: The candidate must have three peer reviews of at least three different courses, with at least one peer review by a tenured colleague who holds the rank of professor. These reviews may be in-class or online.  For online courses, the reviewer should be provided full access to the class. It is recommended that the candidate have peer reviews by three different faculty members.  Constructive criticism is expected in peer reviews.
  3. Teaching Presence: The candidate must consistently maintain a presence in the classroom by meeting all scheduled classes, participating in online discussions (online classes), and providing timely and quality feedback to students. The candidate must maintain regular office hours and maintain a physical presence in the department to ensure availability for consultations with students.
  4. Teaching Quality: The candidate must continually demonstrate quality in teaching by maintaining well-organized, fair, and rigorous courses that are presented in an interesting manner as defined by class lectures, course syllabi, quality of exams, and class assignments.  The candidate must maintain currency of the subject matter in his or her courses and integrate course content with theory and practice.  The candidate must utilize input from the department head and colleagues to reevaluate his or her teaching methods and implement improvements.  The candidate must demonstrate responsiveness to teaching evaluations and trends in student comments, including addressing strengths and weaknesses.  The candidate must demonstrate innovative and imaginative instructional methods, such as integrating new technology into his or her courses.

Scholarship

  1. Publications: The candidate must publish a minimum of two refereed publications, a peer reviewed book, or 2 peer reviewed monographs (such as book chapters), or some equivalent combination. For candidates seeking tenure, the evaluation period starts with the beginning of full-time employment at UNG and includes all work done at previous institutions, if granted service credit toward tenure at the time of employment.  All manuscripts must have been published by the time a candidate has submitted his or her application of tenure.  Manuscript that have been submitted, but not published, will not be counted towards a candidate’s tenure or promotion.
  2. Conference Presentations: The candidate must have presented a minimum of three scholarly papers at academic conferences since the beginning of the evaluation period.

Service

  1. Committee Activities: The candidate is expected to have 3 service activities to the department, such as serving on departmental committees or taking on special assignments. The candidate is also expected to chair at least one departmental committee.  The candidate is expected to complete two or more service activities to the university, such as serving on a university committee or serving on the faculty senate. 
  2. Advisement Activities: The candidate is expected to consistently participate in the advisement of students and be proficient and knowledgeable of advisement practices and polices (e.g. correctly completing student plans of study).  The candidate maintains scheduled office hours for student advisement and actively participates in advisement activities such as group advisement meetings, orientations, and open houses.  The candidate is expected to consistently have scores between 3.0 and 5.0 on student evaluations of advisement. 

Criteria for Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor

The criteria for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor is based upon three fundamental criteria: teaching, scholarship, and service.  Candidates are eligible to apply for promotion to Associate Professor after four years of service as an Assistant Professor on tenure-track, including the year under consideration for promotion (Faculty Handbook 5.2).  Only candidates on tenure track may apply for promotion to Associate Professor.  The application for promotion should be submitted at the same time as the Tenure application or the candidate must already be tenured.

Teaching

  1. Student Evaluations: The candidate must continually maintain average annual scores of 3.5 or above on their student evaluations of their performance.
  2. Peer Reviews: The candidate must have three peer reviews of at least three different courses. All three reviews should be conducted by three different tenured colleagues.  These reviews may be in-class or online.  For online courses, the reviewer should be provided full access to the class. Constructive criticism is expected in peer reviews.
  3. Teaching Presence: The candidate must consistently maintain a presence in the classroom by meeting all scheduled classes, participates in online discussions (online classes), and providing timely and quality feedback to students. The candidate must maintain regular office hours and maintain a physical presence in the department to be available to consult with students.
  4. Teaching Quality: The candidate must continually demonstrate quality in teaching by maintaining well-organized, fair, and rigorous courses that are presented in an interesting manner as defined by class lectures, course syllabi, quality of exams, and class assignments. The candidate must maintain currency of the subject matter in his or her courses and integrate course content with theory and practice.  The candidate must demonstrate responsiveness to teaching evaluations and trends in student comments, including addressing strengths and weaknesses.

Scholarship

  1. Publications: The candidate must publish a minimum of two refereed publications, a peer reviewed book, or two peer reviewed monographs (such as book chapters), or some equivalent combination. For candidates seeking tenure, the evaluation period starts with the beginning of full-time employment at UNG and includes all work done at previous institutions, if granted service credit toward tenure at the time of employment.  All manuscripts must have been published by the time a candidate has submitted his or her application for tenure.  Manuscript that have been submitted, but not published, will not be counted towards a candidate’s tenure or promotion.
  2. Conference Presentations: The candidate must have presented a minimum of three scholarly papers at academic conferences since the beginning of the evaluation period.

Service

  1. Committee Activities: The candidate is expected to have 3 service activities to the department, such as serving on departmental committees or taking on special assignments. The candidate is also expected to chair at least one departmental committee.  The candidate is expected to complete two or more service activities to the university, such as serving on a university committee or serving on the faculty senate. 
  2. Advisement Activities: The candidate is expected to consistently participate in the advisement of students and be proficient and knowledgeable of advisement practices and polices (e.g. correctly completing student plans of study).  The candidate must maintain scheduled office hours for student advisement and actively participate in advisement activities such as group advisement meetings, orientations, and open houses.  The candidate is expected to consistently have scores between 3.0 and 5.0 on student evaluations of advisement. 

Criteria for Promotion from Associate Professor to Professor

The criteria for promotion to the rank of Professor is based upon the same three fundamental criteria that guide evaluations for the promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, namely teaching, scholarship, and service. For promotion to Professor, the expectations of attainments are higher than from promotion to Associate Professor.  Unlike promotion to Associate Professor a candidate is eligible to apply after five years of service as an Associate Professor.  Candidates must have an earned doctorate or the equivalent in training, ability or experience (Faculty Handbook 5.2).

Teaching

  1. Student Evaluations: The candidate must continually maintain average annual scores of 3.5 or above on their student evaluations of their performance.
  2. Teaching Presence: The candidate must consistently maintain a presence in the classroom by meeting all scheduled classes, participating in online discussions (online classes), and providing timely and quality feedback to students. The candidate must maintain regular office hours and maintain a physical presence in the department to be available to consult with students.
  3. Teaching Quality: The candidate must continually demonstrate quality in teaching by maintaining well-organized, fair, and rigorous courses that are presented in an interesting manner as defined by class lectures, course syllabi, quality of exams, and class assignments. The candidate must maintain currency of the subject matter in his or her course and integrate course content with theory and practice.  The candidate must utilize input from the department head and colleagues to reevaluate his or her teaching methods and implement improvements.  The candidate must demonstrate responsiveness to teaching evaluations and trends in student comments, including addressing strengths and weaknesses.  The candidate must demonstrate innovative and imaginative instructional methods, such as integrating new technology into his or her courses.

Scholarship

  1. Publications: The candidate must have published a minimum of four refereed publications, a peer reviewed book, or six monographs (such as book chapters), or some equivalent combination since the beginning of his or her employment at UNG
  2. Conference Presentations: The candidate has presented a minimum of six scholarly papers at academic conferences since the beginning of his or her employment at UNG.

Service

  1. Committee Activities: The candidate is expected to have 8 service activities to the department, such as serving on departmental committees or taking on special assignments. The candidate is expected to have three or more service activities to the university, such as serving on a university committee or serving on the faculty senate.  The candidate is expected to chair at least two or more committees at the departmental, college, or university level since his or her last promotion. 
  2. Campus Leadership: Full professors play a critical role in determining the intellectual quality of the university; therefore, the rank of professor should be reserved for those who have clearly demonstrated an exceptional leadership role through service. The following are examples of leadership roles that may fulfill the requirement for campus leadership: the candidate as served as a coordinator for a new campus program or project, the candidate has organized a campus conference or event, or the candidate has served as a chair for an importantniversity committee. 
  3. Advisement Activities: The candidate is expected to consistently participate in the advisement of students and be proficient and knowledgeable of advisement practices and polices (e.g. correctly completing student plans of study).  The candidate maintains scheduled office hours for student advisement and actively participates in advisement activities such as group advisement meetings, orientations, and open houses.  The candidate is expected to consistently have scores between 3.0 and 5.0 on student evaluations of advisement.

Criteria for Promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer

To be considered for promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer the candidate must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time service to UNG.

Teaching

  1. Student Evaluations: The candidate must continually maintain average annual scores of 3.5 or above on their student evaluations of their teaching.
  2. Peer Reviews: The candidate must have two peer reviews of at least two different courses, with at least one peer review from a tenured colleague. These reviews may be in-class or online.  For online courses, the reviewer should be provided full access to the class. It is recommended that the candidate have peer reviews by two different faculty members.  Constructive criticism is expected in peer reviews. 
  3. Teaching Presence: The candidate must consistently maintain a presence in the classroom by meeting all scheduled classes, participating in online discussions (online classes), and providing timely and quality feedback to students. The candidate must maintain regular office hours and maintain a physical presence in the department to be available to consult with students.
  4. Teaching Quality: The candidate must continually demonstrate quality in teaching by maintaining well-organized, fair, and rigorous courses that are presented in an interesting manner as defined by class lectures, course syllabi, quality of exams, and class assignments. The candidate must maintain currency of the subject matter in his or her courses and integrate course content with theory and practice.  The candidate must demonstrate responsiveness to teaching evaluations and trends in student comments, including addressing strengths and weaknesses. 
  5. Teaching Beyond the Classroom: As stated in the Faculty Handbook 5.6 candidates who wish to be promoted to senior lecturer should demonstrate involvement in activities associated with one’s area of academic expertise and have a strong and explicit connection to students. Examples of such activities include: presenting a colloquium or workshop, working with students in co-curricular activities, sponsoring a club related to an academic discipline, being a guest lecturer, speaking at a UNG-related organization, supervising service learning activities, or incorporating students in research projects.

Scholarship

  1. Publications and Presentations: The candidate must have published one peer-reviewed manuscript or have presented a minimum of three scholarly papers at academic conferences since the beginning of the evaluation period.

Service

  1. Committee Activities: The candidate is expected to have 3 service activities to the department, such as serving on departmental committees or taking on special assignments. The candidate is also expected to chair at least one departmental committee.  The candidate is expected to complete two or more service activities to the university, such as serving on a university committee or serving on the faculty senate. 
  2. Advisement Activities: The candidate is expected to consistently participate in the advisement of students and be proficient and knowledgeable of advisement practices and polices (e.g. correctly completing student plans of study).  The candidate maintains scheduled office hours for student advisement and actively participates in advisement activities such as group advisement meetings, orientations, and open houses.  The candidate is expected to consistently have scores between 3.0 and 5.0 on student evaluations of advisement. 

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