3.4 Guidelines for Promotion to Professor

Preliminary Reviews and Advice
In the third year of appointment at the rank of associate professor, a faculty member may request that the Communication Department Chair appoint an advisory committee to review progress toward promotion to professor and offer guidance on promotion. The faculty member may also request this review occur at a later point in his or her career. A written evaluation will be given to the chair and to the faculty member being evaluated. Associate professors may also request a less formal evaluation by the Department Chair in other years.

Application for Promotion
Ordinarily, faculty would not apply for promotion to professor before their sixth year as associate professor at Missouri (an extraordinary record would be required for early promotion). An associate professor who wishes to apply for promotion in the Fall must notify the Department Chair of this intent no later than April 1. The Department Chair will appoint a Department Promotion Committee (DPC), which is comprised of five Communication Department Faculty at the rank of professor (if fewer than five Communication Department faculty are available for service on the committee, they will be supplemented with professor from other departments, who have interests similar to the candidate, in consultation with the Dean of A&S). The DPC will select a Communication faculty member as its chair, who will convene the DPC, advise the candidate on preparation of the dossier, obtain external letters of evaluation for the candidate, and write a letter expressing the DPC's evaluation of the candidate's dossier and external letters. The candidate will work with the chair of the DPC to prepare a dossier in accordance with A&S promotion guidelines to submit to the DPC no later than May 1 (a copy of the dossier and external letters should be provided to the department chair, who must make an independent evaluation and write a separate letter). The DPC must submit its letter to the Department chair at least three weeks before the promotion packet is due at the College in the Fall.

Recommendations and Appeals
The candidate shall be informed of recommendations (but not the vote) of the DPC and the Department Chair. When both recommendations are favorable the Department will forward the application for promotion to the College P&T Committee. Unfavorable recommendations from the DPC or the Department Chair must be accompanied with an explanation. These explanations may be brief, but they must provide a reason for the unfavorable recommendation. Candidates are not permitted to see the confidential external letters of recommendation. The candidate may appeal unfavorable recommendations to the College P&T Committee.

Standards for Promotion to Professor
Faculty who seek promotion to professor must have an established, well-regarded national and/or international reputation as a scholar. The candidate must have maintained a record of good teaching and service as an associate professor.

A national and/or international reputation for scholarship must be established in two ways: favorable external letters of recommendation and sufficient scholarly productivity. First, external letters should provide an overall favorable evaluation of the candidate's research productivity and scholarly reputation. Second, the DPC and the Department Chair must evaluate the quality and quantity of the candidate's scholarly accomplishments and the candidate's reputation. This scholarly activity can consist of either an original, scholarly book (contributions to the scholarship of the discipline; not textbooks; not edited books of readings) or a coherent and programmatic body of articles published in reputable refereed journals (or some combination of scholarly books and refereed articles). Other scholarly activity (convention papers, conference proceedings, book chapters, edited books) can supplement the candidate's record, but cannot substitute for a scholarly book and/or a programmatic body of refereed journal articles, Similarly, success in obtaining internal or external grants for research can serve as additional evidence of research productivity and reputations, but grant-seeking is neither required nor sufficient basis for promotion if the grants did not contribute to published research.

The Department of Communication does not have a specific numerical expectation for the amount of scholarly productivity (e.g., “1 scholarly book and 3 refereed articles over six years”) because a judgment of sufficiency in research productivity depends on many factors, such as the quality of the research, the number of years as an associate professor, the nature of the candidate's teaching load, or a revitalization of research productivity.

The candidate for promotion to professor must demonstrate effective teaching. Evidence of good teaching must include two forms of assessments: peer (Communication Department faculty) teaching evaluations and student TEQ data. It may also include such information as teaching awards, curricular improvements, teaching evaluations from those who are not Communication Department faculty, evidence of undergraduate and/or graduate advising and mentoring, and teaching portfolios.

The candidate should demonstrate service of value to the university and the discipline. Evidence of service may include such items as records or letters concerning committee service, administrative positions held in the university, editorships, memberships on journal or book editorial boards, or offices held in professional organizations.