3.5 Policy for Promotion of Non-Tenure Track Faculty

This guideline is applicable to full-time ranked and unranked non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty and is not designed to address academic appointments of any other type including, but not limited to, tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty are divided into three groups:

(1) Full-time, ranked, NTT faculty – Within this first group, there are two main types of department full-time, ranked NTT faculty in the Department of Communication. They would each have primary responsibility in a single area: teaching or research. The titles would identify the area. Within each area, there would be three ranks:

(a) Research faculty (Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Assistant Research Professor)

(b) Teaching faculty (Teaching Professor, Associate Teaching Professor, Assistant Teaching Professor)

It is implicit that the individuals who meet the qualifications for NTT faculty receive an appropriate NTT faculty title as described above.

(2) Full-time, unranked, NTT faculty – Titles associated with this group include, but are not limited to, instructor, lecturer, senior lecturer, research associate, and visiting professor. The title of visiting professor will be used only for those faculty on temporary appointments.

(3) Part-time, NTT (adjunct) faculty – Part-time or courtesy appointments will be considered adjunct appointments and include such titles as adjunct professor, adjunct instructor, etc.

Promotion

Full-time, ranked, NTT faculty are eligible for promotion through this policy.

Full time, unranked, NTT faculty and Part-time, NTT (adjunct) faculty are NOT eligible for promotion through this policy and should request/negotiate any promotion or title change directly with the department chair.

Annual Evaluation
Full-time, ranked, NTT faculty will be evaluated on an annual basis on two of the three areas, teaching, research, and service (but not all three), as agreed upon in the initial or subsequent appointment and as indicated in their NTT faculty title. These ratings will be completed by the Department Personnel Committee as part of the annual review of faculty, applying the tenure-track faculty evaluation criteria for research, teaching and service (see Department of Communication Policies 3.5 & 3.6). The chair will notify the faculty member of the ratings.

Ratings will be 80% in the NTT faculty member’s area of focus, and 20% service, unless otherwise specified in an appointment letter.

Third Year Review Process:
A. During the spring semester of the third year, the Department Chair in consultation with the Full-time, ranked, NTT faculty will select the third year review chair.

B. Early in the summer, the faculty member will provide the third year review chair with a third year review dossier. The dossier will include a vita, copies of scholarly articles (if applicable), evidence of teaching effectiveness (if applicable; including peer teaching evaluations and student TEQ data for each year), and evidence of service. No external letters are solicited for the third year review.

C. The third year review chair will draft a third year review letter and submit the dossier and the letter to the tenured faculty and to full time NTT faculty of higher rank.

D. The entire tenured faculty and full time NTT faculty of higher rank will approve a final draft of the letter near the beginning of the fall semester of the probationary faculty member's fourth year.

E. Copies of the final letter will be submitted to the Full-time, ranked, NTT faculty member, the chair, and the Dean of the College of Arts & Science by the designated date.

Promotion Process

To be eligible for promotion to Full-time NTT Associate Professor without tenure, the faculty member must do the following:

  1. Have successfully completed the third year review process and a cumulative sustained record of teaching/research/service (as applicable) for a period of no less than 5 years (which could include sustained work from prior to the current MU appointment).
  2. Inform the department chair of a desire for promotion.

The promotion decision will be based on two of the following three items, as agreed upon in the initial or subsequent appointment and as indicated in their NTT faculty title:

  1. High quality instruction
  2. High quality research
  3. High quality service

Evidence of high quality teaching will include (a) teaching evaluations completed by students and (b) peer evaluations conducted by tenure track faculty members. Additional forms of evidence could consist of (but is not limited to):

i.    Design and use of effective curriculum and teaching materials

ii.   Evidence of effective student learning

iii.  Service and/or professional development related to teaching

Evidence of high quality research would consist of

i. Refereed journal publications

ii. Other research venues

Evidence of high quality service could consist of

i. Service at the department, college, and university levels

ii. Service to the discipline

iii. Publication of teaching materials, book reviews, and other non-research based publications

iv. Other service that contributes to the university

The process for promotion will include:

The faculty member will notify the chair in the spring of the year prior to desiring promotion of the intention of seeking promotion.

The faculty member and chair will select a faculty member to serve as the Promotion Chair.

The Promotion Chair will assist the faculty member in creating a dossier to be presented to the Promotion Committee consisting of tenured faculty and full time NTT faculty of higher rank during a fall meeting.

The dossier must be prepared according to the University of Missouri Office of Provost Dossier Guidelines: http://provost.missouri.edu/promotion-and-tenure/non-tenure-track-faculty.php

The Promotion Committee will make a recommendation on the candidate's case for promotion and forward it to the department chair.

The department chair will make an independent recommendation on the candidate's case for promotion.

The Chair will forward the committee and chair recommendations to the Dean's office by the deadline.

To be eligible for promotion to Full-time NTT Professor without tenure, the faculty member must already be a Full-time NTT Associate Professor.

The process of evaluation and the promotion process for promotion to Full-time NTT Full Professor will be the same as the guidelines for promotion to Full-time NTT Associate Professor with these additions:

  • Teaching or research (as applicable) record must be outstanding.
  • The candidate must show a cumulative (could include sustained work from prior to the current MU appointment) sustained record of teaching/research/service (as applicable) for a period of no less than 12 years that includes at least 3 years of department service at the Associate level.

Approved 2/17/16