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Faculty Promotion

A. All full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible for promotion.

UTB shall recognize the following ranking system:

Academic Rank Technical Rank

a. Professor a. Master Technical Instructor b. Associate Professor b. Associate Master Technical Instructor c. Assistant Professor c. Assistant Master Technical Instructor d. Instructor d. Technical Instructor

B. Faculty Promotion.

  1. Academic Ranks:
  2. a. The maximum period of probationary faculty service in non-tenured status as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor or any combination of those ranks shall be 7 years.

    b. Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor has no minimum time requirement but will normally follow upon the completion of a terminal degree in field.

    c. Normally a person appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor will serve a minimum period of 5 years prior to consideration for promotion to Associate Professor, and a person appointed to the rank of Associate Professor will normally serve a period of 7 years before consideration for promotion to the rank of Professor.

    d. Promotion to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor normally requires a terminal degree in field. It is expected that the criteria for award of tenure and the professional performance expectations for promotion to Associate Professor, especially the standards of scholarship, will be substantially the same.

    e. Promotion to the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor requires exemplary performance of the duties outlined in the policy on Faculty Responsibilities and Workload.

    While emphasis among the responsibilities may vary, promotion recognizes excellence in the pursuit of those responsibilities.

  3. 2. Technical Ranks (for faculty teaching in programs leading to an Associate degree or an Occupational Technical certificate):
  4. a. The maximum period of probationary faculty service in non-tenured status as Technical Instructor, Assistant Master Technical Instructor, Associate Master Technical Instructor, or Master Technical Instructor or any combination of those ranks shall be 7 years.

    b. Promotion from Technical Instructor to Assistant Master Technical Instructor has no minimum time requirement but does require an Associate Degree.

    c. Normally a person promoted to the rank of Associate Master Technical Instructor will have served a minimum period of 5 years and hold a Bachelor's Degree. It is expected that the criteria for award of tenure and the professional expectations for promotion to Associate Master Technical Instructor will be substantially the same.

    d. Normally a person promoted to the rank of Master Technical Instructor will have served a period of 7 years and hold a Master's degree.

    e. Promotion to the ranks of Assistant Master Technical Instructor, Associate Master Technical Instructor, and Master Technical Instructor, requires exemplary performance of the duties outlined in the policy on Faculty Responsibilities and Workload. While emphasis among those responsibilities may vary, promotion recognizes excellence in the pursuit of those responsibilities.

C. Faculty promotion will be based upon evidence derived from the following:

  1. A portfolio developed by the faculty member.
  2. Materials related to the merit process.
  3. Material associated with the annual evaluation based upon faculty responsibilities.

Evaluation and recommendation for promotion shall proceed through both administrative and collegial channels, which will function as parallel activities.

Collegial Administrative

  1. Departmental Recommendation 1. Chair's Recommendation
  2. College/School Recommendations 2. Dean's Recommendation
  3. Vice President for Academic Affairs
  4. President
  5. Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  6. U.T. Board of Regents

The Faculty Promotion system shall follow established time lines, review levels and procedures.

F. Subject to available funds, a faculty promotion shall normally include a salary increment.

G. This policy and related procedures shall be subject to periodic review.

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