Appointment, Promotion & Tenure

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Departmental Guidelines

Departmental APT documents are explicit in describing the guidelines for evaluating teaching and the expected teaching loads for the department, the kinds of scholarship considered appropriate to the discipline, the quantity and quality measures used in determining appropriate scholarship for rank, and the department’s system of weighting the relative importance of teaching, scholarship, and service.

Departments can only make personnel recommendations. Only the President (in consultation with the school deans and academic VP) makes personnel decisions. These department APT documents are reviewed and approved by the deans and the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and represent the minimum guidelines agreed to by College Administration in making these decisions. The guidelines in these departmental documents describe a set of minimal (necessary) performance expectations. Minimal expectations will be taken into consideration as part of a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the candidate’s professional performance and contributions. The comprehensive evaluation should consider both retrospective and prospective points of view (e.g. the candidate’s potential for achieving and/or performing at, the highest academic rank).

Departmental APT Guidelines

Procedures

Re-appointment, promotion and tenure reviews follow a common path:

  • Departmental APT committee recommendation
  • Department (as committee-of-the whole) vote on agreement/disagreement with the APT Committee’s recommendation
  • Department chair recommendation
  • Dean recommendation
  • Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs recommendation
  • Presidential decision (in consultation with School Deans and Academic Provost & Vice President)

Faculty should consult with their chair, dean, and/or the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, for information and guidance in putting together their nomination dossiers.

College-wide Guidelines for Faculty Appointment Renewal

The College typically considers three primary categories as the basis for review in all personnel actions:

  • Teaching/learning effectiveness
  • Scholarship, research, and creative work
  • College, community, and professional service

The other two Board of Trustee's criteria (Mastery of Subject Matter and Continued Growth) are reflected by sustained contributions and demonstrated excellence in the above-noted three categories.

Teaching/Learning Effectiveness

Teaching and Learning encompasses promoting, guiding, facilitating, and evaluating student learning. Faculty members are catalysts for creating and adapting learning environments in and outside the classroom that stimulate students to learn, to be curious, to be critical thinkers, effective writers and speakers, and creative problem solvers.

Effective teaching and learning are dependent upon faculty utilizing a variety of teaching techniques and designing and revising curriculum to produce student learning outcomes. Included within teaching/learning are the professional development processes of attending workshops and conferences and efforts necessary to maintain mastery of subject matter and teaching methodologies. This also includes are the teaching-related activities of independent study and thesis supervision, field supervision, mentoring of students, and student involvement in research.

Scholarship, Research & Creative Work

Scholarship and Creative Activity

Encompasses producing an identifiable product subject to systematic internal and external evaluation by professional peers and resulting from:

  • Creation of new knowledge or artistic expression within the discipline (Discovery).
    • Original research as reported in articles, books, and presentation of papers; performances; grant proposals; inventions and patents; software development.
  • Synthesizing of existing knowledge or creative work within one or more disciplines into new patterns and/or for new audiences (Integration).
    • Publication of interpretive studies or criticism; critical reviews or editing of scholarly work; development of public policies or of interdisciplinary programs.
  • Utilization of discipline-based knowledge to solve problems (Application).
    • Development and implementation of innovative clinical practice or public school programs; environmental impact analyses; consultant work in the public or private sector based on the faculty member's discipline-based knowledge and expertise.

College, Community & Professional Service

Service encompasses governance of the department, the school, the College, the university, or the profession, as well as discipline-based or college mission-oriented contributions to the community that are not included in Scholarship. Examples of governance and service include, but are not limited to:

  • Department – department meetings and committees, advisement, registration, Saturday Information Sessions, Accepted
  • Student Open Houses, and peer review
  • School – grade appeals, Deans' committees
  • College – Faculty Senate, College-wide committees, College-wide student organizations
  • University – University Faculty Senate, SUNY ad hoc Committees
  • Profession – leadership and other service in discipline-based organization at local, state, national, or international levels
  • Community – work related to faculty member's area of professional expertise or to the mission of the College

Performance at Rank

The College values the individual and unique contributions of each faculty member in each of the three categories of the professional obligation. All faculty members are therefore expected to continue performance at rank once continuing appointment or a promotion is achieved. An individual faculty member’s talents may affect the balance among the three categories.

The department chair is responsible for balancing faculty workload among all three categories. If the performance is not evenly distributed across the three major categories of the professional obligation, department chairs may reassess. The goal is to create equitable assignments within the unit; workload adjustment assures that teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities of the department are met.

Promotion Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor & Distinguished Professor

Most new faculty at the College are appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor. In cases where the doctoral dissertation is not complete, a faculty member may receive an initial appointment as Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor. The former is a tenure-accruing rank; the latter is not.

Teaching Portfolio

At all levels of promotion, a teaching portfolio must be provided. the following requirements must be included:

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Focus
    • List courses taught including contact hours and the number of students enrolled in each
  • Improvement of Teaching
    • Professional development as a teacher (workshops, conferences, etc.)
  • Peer Evaluation
    • Review of course syllabi, assignments, and examinations

Faculty are encouraged to provide a plethora of evidence in their teaching portfolio for their promotion including, but not limited to:

  • Student Evaluations
  • Student Outcomes and Accomplishments
  • Teaching Related Activity Beyond the Classroom

Promotion to Assistant Professor

Achievement of the appropriate terminal degree (e.g., M.F.A., Ph.D., Ed.D., D.S.W, etc.) establishes a person as qualified in the discipline/profession. In addition, there is the expectation that the person has the potential for achieving excellence in the discipline/profession and for attaining the highest rank in the department.

Teaching

The candidate should provide a portfolio of teaching materials that addresses the multiple aspects of the instructional role. This includes demonstration of knowledge of the discipline/profession, skills of pedagogy, including clear and precise communication and methods of instruction, and interest in the educational achievements of students. Documentation should include course syllabi and related materials. Reviewers of these materials will look for demonstration of the use of contemporary sources and good correlation of content, method, and student interest and need; and relationship to the academic standards of the institution.

Scholarship

In the area of scholarship, successful completion of a doctoral dissertation or project required for the terminal degree demonstrates competence. In addition, evidence of a commitment to, and ability to achieve, continued scholarly or creative productivity is necessary. Each academic department has developed criteria for evaluation of scholarship and creative activity.

Service

The candidate will prepare a statement of all relevant service activities with a brief description of the individual’s responsibilities, participation, and any product developed.

  • Number of advisees (undergraduate, graduate)
  • Evidence of advising quality (surveys, letters, etc.)

Where service is community-based, the service should have a direct relationship to the candidate’s disciplinary expertise.

Promotion to Associate Professor

There must be evidence that the faculty member has made sustained high quality contributions to the Department and the College as an Assistant Professor. The faculty member must have established a commendable reputation beyond the campus for scholarly work in the field. There is also the expectation that the person has made discernible progress toward achieving excellence in the discipline/profession and for attaining the highest rank in the department.

Teaching

The section on Assistant Professor should be included for the period since continuing appointment or the last review period, whichever is more recent. For promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, teaching excellence and commitment should extend beyond that demonstrated at the rank of Assistant Professor. For this purpose, the teaching portfolio should include evidence of achievement in two or more of the following areas:

  • Providing active mentoring of a new faculty member through a delineated program of activities
  • Revising courses to assure a continuous state of development and use of extensive and current resources
  • Undertaking new course assignments successfully
    • Providing team or course leadership, by designing, developing and successfully teaching new courses not previously part of a department's offerings and/or by participating successfully in college-wide instructional programs
  • Providing whole-class student evaluations of teaching effectiveness in a variety of courses over a reasonable period of time since appointment or promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor
  • Confirming teaching excellence by departmental colleagues (peer review of class or videotape)
  • Demonstrating consistent, successful involvement with independent studies, research projects, final major student works, and/or theses

Scholarship

The candidate must show significant advancement in the area of scholarship beyond the level of Assistant Professor and beyond the presentation of doctoral dissertation results to new areas of investigation. The demonstration of scholarship must include products/performances that are subject to external peer review and contribute to the body of knowledge in the field. Each academic department has developed guidelines for evaluation of scholarship and creative activity.

The candidate will prepare a Scholarship Focus and Summary. This statement must include the following:

  • Overview of the area of scholarship
  • List of each scholarly product with a brief description of the peer review process and reputation of each product/piece
  • Brief reflective critique

Service

The candidate should demonstrate excellence on a continuous basis in the area of service during the period of tenure as Assistant Professor. The level and impact of service should have expanded significantly in at least one arena (campus, community, profession, etc.) Community-based service must have direct relevance to the candidate’s area of disciplinary expertise.

The candidate should prepare a summary of service activities including specific responsibilities and leadership roles assumed. These service contributions should relate to (or lead to):

  • Development into a competent academic advisor
  • Leadership roles on departmental, college, community, and/or professional committees
  • Participation in service activities beyond the department
    • Some faculty may become focused in one area of service outside the department, while others may participate at many levels
  • Evidence of participation and leadership may be provided through several types of evaluation:
    • Peer review
    • Letters from committee chairs citing specific contributions to the work of their committee
    • Substantive letters of recommendation from colleagues and/or community agencies that cite contributions and successful initiatives
    • Active leadership in disciplinary professional organizations

Promotion to Professor

The candidate must demonstrate professional growth and excellence on a continuous basis in the rank of Associate Professor in all three performance areas, The candidate's work must have established them as a leader in the department and at the College and that their contributions are of high quality, have been sustained over a reasonable period of time as an Associate Professor, and suggests likelihood of continued productivity.

The faculty member should hold a national (possibly international) reputation for scholarship in the field. All the following criteria should be met to warrant favorable consideration for promotion to the rank of Professor.

Teaching

Teaching excellence and commitment should extend beyond that demonstrated at the rank of Associate Professor. For this purpose, the teaching portfolio should include two or more additional items from the following:

  • Demonstrating that the courses taught are in a continuous state of development and provide students with extensive resources
  • Undertaking successfully new course assignments and by designing, developing, and successfully teaching new courses not previously part of curricular offerings
  • Providing whole class evaluations in a variety of courses since promotion to the rank of Associate Professor
    confirming teaching excellence by departmental colleagues who are directly familiar with the person's work
  • Evidence of a major contribution to the department or college-wide instructional program
  • External assessment or reviews of student and graduate accomplishments or creative works that have a direct link to the faculty member

Scholarship

Accomplishment in this area should be significantly greater than was expected to achieve the rank of Associate Professor, with evidence of new and more sophisticated levels of achievement. Successful scholarship has led by now to publication or creative work that has been subject to further review. The significance of the person's accomplishment is attested to by peers and reputable figures in the field away from campus:

  • Recognition of the quality of the work (publications, work of art, or performance record) should be made evident and available in the form of reviews, comments and citations in the works of others, direct letters of assessment by recognized authorities off-campus solicited by the department, and invitations from leaders in the field to contribute to publications, conferences, and exhibitions, to serve on editorial boards, to review books, to choreograph, perform
  • Reputation of the — journal, gallery, theatre — in which their works (articles, research projects, poems, etc.), have appeared will be an important consideration, as will the publishers or sponsors
  • Honors or awards that serve to recognize the person's contributions for long term work in the field and/or new interpretations and applications of scholarship

Service

Accomplishment in this area should be significantly greater than was expected to achieve the rank of Associate Professor. Not only has the candidate consistently played a constructive role in departmental meetings, committees, academic advisement and College-wide faculty governance since the last promotion, they are now an acknowledged leader in the Department, the College, and the profession.

Promotion to Distinguished Professor

Promotion to the highest ranks (Distinguished Teaching Professor, Distinguished Service Professor, and Distinguished Professor) is governed by the Policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees
These awards are a rank above full professor and only one Distinguished Professorship in each category can be authorized for our campus each year.

A campus committee is convened each January to review nominations for each award. Nomination dossiers must have the approval of the departmental APT Committee and Chair and Dean prior to being sent to the review committee. More information on Distinguished Faculty Ranks (including guidelines for nomination) can be found at the bottom of the following webpage.

Distinguished Faculty Ranks

Leaves

The following College Policies relate to leaves.

Sick Leave

Faculty accrue sick leave time (up to 200 days) during each month of their employment at the College. Beyond this time, additional sick leave may be granted at the discretion of the President. The office of Human Resources should be contacted for questions related to the use of accrued sick leave credit and/or any other issue related to sick leave.

Additional Sick Leave for Faculty/Professional Staff

Sick Leave Abuse

Sick Leave at Half Pay - Classified Employees

Medical Leave with Conditions for Return

Maternity Leave – Classified Employees

Sabbatical Leave

Faculty are eligible to apply for sabbatical leave after completing at least six consecutive years of continuous service at the College (and after each six-year period following a prior sabbatical). Sabbaticals are not regarded as a reward for service nor as a vacation or rest period occurring automatically at stated intervals. The purpose of the leave must be for professional development that will increase the faculty member’s value to the College and thereby improve and enrich its program. They may be granted for planned travel, study, formal education, research, writing, or other experience consistent with these objectives.

The period of sabbatical leave may be either a single semester at full salary or a full academic year at half salary (if the leave is for an experience that provides its own salary, the Brockport salary may be adjusted to reflect the difference). All applications for sabbatical must include a:

  • Statement that the applicant will continue as a member of the professional staff for a minimum of one year upon his/her return
  • Detailed report of the professional activities and accomplishments while on leave must be submitted upon the applicant’s return

Purpose of Sabbatical Leaves

The sabbatical leave is the most valuable of all of the forms of professional development that higher education offers faculty. The awarding of such leaves is a procedure that is frequently and strictly audited by state agencies. The steps for letters of application must be followed, and the criteria for review of sabbatical proposals developed in the Faculty Senate Resolution printed below must be responded to in such applications. Please note that full disclosure, in advance, of all forms of remunerative employment is required with all sabbatical applications. This includes outside employment that has been approved in other years such as consulting, the acceptance of honoraria, etc. Information about previous sabbatical performance for faculty who have had such is also required.

Eligibility

"Academic employees having continuing appointments and college administrative officers not in a negotiating unit established pursuant to Article XIV of the Civil Service Law who have completed at least six consecutive years of service within the University or who, if they previously have had a sabbatical leave, have completed at least six consecutive years of service within the University from the date of return from their last sabbatical leave, shall be eligible for sabbatical leave. In computing consecutive years of service for the purpose of this section, periods of vacation leave and periods of sick leave with salary shall be included; periods of leaves of absences, other than vacation and sick leave with salary, and periods of part-time service shall not be included but shall not be deemed an interruption of otherwise consecutive service." — SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees, Article XIII

Letter of Application

Provide a detailed description of the project proposed, as follows:

  • Summary of the proposed project
    • If research, the relationship of proposed project to work done by others should also be included)
  • Relationship to previous work
    • If you have had previous sabbaticals you must include as part of your application the last sabbatical application and report as well as an update on the outcome of the sabbatical if the report does not demonstrate the completion of the project.
  • Significance of proposed project
    • How will the completion of the project increase your value to the College and thereby improve and enrich its program? If research, what will the proposed project contribute to your discipline; to the advancement of knowledge generally; and to the state of the arts, sciences, or literature, as appropriate?
  • Specific objectives and proposed work schedule
    • How is project effort distributed through time?
  • Identify plan of action or research methodolog
    • Specifically and briefly outline what activities or research design will be implemented to achieve indicated outcomes.
  • Briefly specify the anticipated outcomes of the project and how you will evaluate the leave, including your benchmarks and criteria.
  • Facilities (SUNY or non-SUNY) and/or resources needed and when and where available.
  • Identify prospective income, if any, during the period of the sabbatical
    • This includes outside employment that has been approved in other years such as consulting, honoraria, etc. Any changes in employment and any remunerative activity whatsoever after a leave has been awarded must be approved in advance by the appropriate dean and the Provost.
  • Affidavit
    • Remember to include a statement that you will continue as a member of the professional staff at Brockport for one year upon return from leave; that if changes are required in your approved sabbatical proposal that you will seek prior written approval from the dean for such changes; and that upon completion of your period of leave you will provide the chief administrative officer of the College a detailed, written report of your professional activities and accomplishments while on leave.

Criteria for Review of Sabbatical Proposals

1982-83 Faculty Senate Resolution #4 (Approved on October 26, 1982)

  • Conceptualization and PresentationIs the application complete and coherent?
    • Are the goals and expected outcomes well articulated?
    • Does the proposal include the necessary resources for completion of the project?
    • Does the proposal include firm arrangements?
    • Has the proposal been endorsed at the departmental level (with respect only to the merit of the proposal)?
    • Has the proposal been endorsed by outside reputable experts in the area of the proposed work?
    • Does the proposal comply well with the letter and spirit of the relevant provisions of the Board of Trustees Policies?
    • Has the applicant sought outside funding from appropriate sources?
  • Value to the Institution, Department and IndividualDoes the proposal seem likely to increase the employee's value to the University?
    • Is the project a logical and appropriate continuation of previous professional work or is it a sensible, well-considered effort to move into a new area of value to the College?
    • Does the proposal successfully avoid a mere repetition of previous work undertaken by the applicant?
    • Does the proposal have relevance to the stated mission of the College?
    • Will the outcome of the project provide a new service or capability, or enhance existing capabilities?
    • Will the completion of the project result in a more effective faculty member?
  • Feasibility of the proposalIs the project clearly manageable in the time available with the means and resources specified?
    • Is the project designed realistically to result in a tangible product in the time specified?
    • Are the proposed time period, activities, and location for the project appropriate?
    • Does the project clearly lie within the applicant's field?
    • Does the applicant's past performance (including previous sabbatical leaves, if any) indicate likelihood of successful completion of the project?
    • Is there an acceptable methodology?

Filing Reports on Sabbatical Leaves

The faculty member is responsible for the preparation and submission of a report of their sabbatical leave. This report is due December 1 for those who have Spring semester and full-year sabbaticals and April 1 for Fall semester sabbaticals. One copy of the report should be forwarded with the cover signature page through the appropriate administrative channels (to Department Chair, Dean, Provost).

The Provost will submit the report to the President for acceptance.

Sabbatical Leaves

Last Updated 7/1/20

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