The Rank and Tenure Committee gives careful consideration to applications for elevation in rank and makes recommendations for promotion.  While it is the responsibility of the Rank and Tenure Committee to evaluate relevant data and documentation, it is the responsibility of the applicant to establish its validity and significance.  It is of utmost importance, therefore, that faculty members familiarize themselves fully with the standards in effect for promotion before submitting their cases for consideration.

The attainment of each successive elevation in rank must be the result of an increase in, rather than merely a continuance of, a person's value to the department and to the total University.  A new promotion is not granted on the same merits that justified a previous one.

Each elevation in rank must be earned by the precise fulfillment of the specified requirements for the rank, with each succeeding rank's requirements more demanding than the one before.  Promotion depends on the blending of two principal factors, cumulative time and cumulative accomplishment.  Just as an accumulation of years of service at a fixed level of performance cannot be a valid reason for successive promotion, neither can an unusual level of accomplishment unaccompanied by the requisite years of service to the University result in a premature promotion.  Promotion depends, also, on the demonstration of commitment to work jointly with faculty, students, administrators, and staff for the growth and welfare of the University.

Advancement in rank occurs by action of the Board of Trustees.


Criteria

Assistant Professor

For elevation to the rank of Assistant Professor, a faculty member possessing a doctoral degree must provide evidence of

having completed a minimum of two years of relevant educational experience such as laboratory or clinical practice, counseling, teaching, work or service in a specialty area that would enhance the University performance;

having completed at least one year of consistently effective full-time teaching or librarianship at Marywood University as described in The Teaching Responsibility or The Librarianship Responsibility, and attested to by the evaluation procedures of the University. The requirement of one year's full-time teaching or librarianship at Marywood would not apply in the case of initial appointments.

For elevation to the rank of Assistant Professor, a faculty member not holding a doctoral degree must hold a master's degree and provide evidence of

having completed a minimum of 15 additional graduate credits after the attainment of the master's degree; or acquired professional credentials beyond the master's degree; or attained a terminal graduate professional degree requiring no fewer than 45 credits of the particular field.  In each case, the credits for professional credentials must have been attained before the date of application for advancement, and must enhance the individual's contribution to teaching or librarianship at Marywood.

having served for three academic years as an Instructor  with effective teaching or librarianship ability as described in The Teaching Responsibility or The Librarianship Responsibility, and attested to by the evaluation procedures of the University;  or having completed a minimum of three years of experience demonstrated to be relevant to the applicant's University performance.  This requirement must include at least one academic year at Marywood.  Graduate fellowships and summer teaching do not satisfy the full-time teaching requirement

 Associate Professor

For promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, a faculty member must

hold the rank of Assistant Professor;

have completed a minimum of three additional years of consistently effective full-time teaching or librarianship beyond the time of promotion to Assistant Professor (a candidate may apply during the third year of Assistant Professorship at Marywood University);

have earned a doctoral degree from an institution with regional accreditation or, in exceptional cases, present evidence of doctoral equivalency as described in the University's statement on Doctoral Equivalency, or have earned an M.F.A. degree in Studio Art or a master's degree from an A.L.A. accredited program;

have given evidence of performing in a collegial manner and of continued professional growth and value to the University by demonstrating fulfillment of all the criteria in Group A below, and declaring and submitting documentation of significant achievement in one of the criteria in Group B.  The faculty member may submit documentation for other criteria in Group B to support the overall application.

Group A  Academic Faculty

  1. Consistently effective teaching ability as characterized by qualities described in The Teaching Responsibility, and as attested to by the evaluation procedures of the University.
  2. Ongoing service to the University department:  this includes contribution to the effective functioning of the department within the University in such ways as --developing curricula; developing materials for accreditation and evaluation; advising students; taking responsibility for developing and administering curriculum areas within the department; screening prospective faculty; producing relevant instructional materials; and, in general, contributing to the growth of the department.
  3. Ongoing service to the College or the total University:  this refers to participation in College and University functions which transcend the department, including activities such as serving on University Standing Committees and College committees; designing and/or teaching courses outside one's department; participating in the planning and development of new programs; sharing professional expertise.
  4. Ongoing academic service to the larger community:  this includes activities such as organizing or presenting workshops or institutes sponsored by Marywood University; conducting in-service institutes and training sessions; providing consultation to community groups relative to one's discipline or field; making presentations to community groups and organizations; serving on boards or community advisory groups; preparing limited circulation, non-published materials.


Group A  Library
Faculty

  1. Consistently effective librarianship ability as characterized by qualities described in The Librarianship Responsibility, and as attested to by the evaluation procedures of the University.
  2. Ongoing service to the University Library:  this includes contribution to the effective functioning of the Library within the University, in such ways as demonstrating competence and good professional judgment in:  assisting library users in locating information; instructing users on the effective use of library resources; producing relevant instructional materials for information literacy; selecting Library materials in whatever format is appropriate to support the current needs and long-range goals of the Library; establishing and maintaining procedures for the effective and economical acquisition of Library resources; instituting and managing bibliographic systems that effectively organize and control the library resources; facilitating and streamlining user access to Library collections and resources, and to the collections and resources of other colleges and universities; using and evaluating automated systems that support the principal activities and services of the Library; directing, guiding and developing Library employees; screening of prospective faculty librarians; and, in general, contributing to the growth of the Library.
  3. Ongoing service to the total University:  this refers to participation in University functions that transcend the Library, including activities such as serving on University committees; effectively communicating knowledge of Library organization, policy and goals, and maintaining positive working relationships with academic departments and programs; participating in the planning and development of new Library initiatives; and sharing professional expertise.
  4. Ongoing academic service to the larger community:  this includes activities such as organizing or presenting workshops or institutes sponsored by Marywood University; conducting in-service institutes and training sessions; providing consultation to community groups relative to one's discipline or field; making presentations to community groups and organizations; serving on boards or community advisory groups; preparing limited circulation, non-published materials. 


Group B

  1. Publication refers to scholarly production that has been subjected to an external, peer-refereed screening process prior to being made public. This can take the form of original printed materials, productions, compositions and art works.  In cases of multiple authorship or shared creation of scholarly productions, documentation must include a detailed description of the involvement by the faculty member.  Documentation of scholarly productions must also specify the nature of the screening process.
  2. Leadership and involvement in discipline-field includes activities such as holding a key position in an international/national/ regional/state academic, professional organization; serving on evaluating and accrediting bodies in one's discipline or field; reviewing articles and/or books within one's discipline or national/regional/ state meetings sponsored by one's discipline or field; serving on panels or making presentations at workshops on an international/national/regional/state basis; being invited by international/national/regional/state organizations to present an artistic performance.  Membership in organizations related to one's discipline-field is assumed.


Professor

For promotion to the rank of Professor, a faculty member must

  1. hold the rank of Associate Professor;
  2. have completed a minimum of four additional years of effective full-time teaching beyond the time of promotion to Associate Professor (a candidate may apply during the fourth year of Associate Professorship at Marywood);
  3. have attained a doctoral degree from an institution with regional accreditation or, in exceptional cases, present evidence as described in the University's statement on Doctoral Equivalency, or have earned an M.F.A. degree in Studio Art or a master's degree from an A.L.A. accredited program;
  4. have given evidence of performing in a collegial manner and of continued professional growth and value to the University by demonstrating fulfillment of all the criteria in Group A and both criteria in Group B listed under Associate Professor.  This evidence must reveal cumulative progress since the time of application for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.