CRITERIA FOR DEPARTMENTAL PERSONNEL ACTIONS PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (11/22/05) I. Faculty Retention Years 1-3 APSU Policy 5:060 details general expectations for faculty in the retention and tenure process. These include the expectation that faculty will have made progress since the date of the last review as part of the personnel action process. Further , it is noted in that same policy statement that “the relative importance of each of theses criteria will vary with the type of action contemplated as well as the nature and mission of the department…” . The nature and mission of the Professional Studies department is two-fold. First, the department seeks to provide excellent technical education providing students with the requisite skill sets to work in technical fields. These programs offering AAS degree credentials include Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Construction Technology, and Computer Technology and Information Technology. The second element of the mission of the Professional Studies department is to provide a seamless transition, for students with technical training, to coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS). The BSPS should build on the technical training and programming to enhance the potential for graduates to compete for positions in management. A. Effectiveness in Academic Assignment 1. Teaching effectiveness (APSU Policy 5:060.IV.1.) a. Student evaluation of faculty b. Peer review of instruction c. Direction of undergraduate and graduate research d. Documented participation in training or other opportunities, such as professional society conferences, to learn about new technology and industry practice applicable to courses taught by the faculty member e. Integration of new software, equipment, or techniques into the curriculum through changes to existing courses or development of new courses as documented in course syllabi and other course materials f. Use of new information technologies in teaching as documented in course materials developed and in course offerings. This includes development and offering of courses by video or over the web, enhancing classroom courses with web or video components, and documented use of new instructional tools in instruction. g. Course and curricular development or improvements h. Effective student advisement i. Work effectively with colleagues on academic issues j. Documented efforts to stay abreast of developments in the faculty member’s technical field. This may include participation in training or other opportunities to learn about new technology and industry practice, attendance and participation in professional society meetings and conferences, and membership in professional societies. k. Evidence of activity as a mentor and advisor to students and of activity in assisting prospective students. 2. Non-teaching assignments (APSU Policy 5:060.IV.2.) a. Evidence of administrative, supervisory duties, and/or special assignments for which reassigned time has been granted B. Research/Scholarly and Creative Achievements 1. Publications a. Note that APSU Policy 5:060 states that this area includes “books, chapters in books, textbooks, articles in refereed journals, articles in non- refereed journals, monographs, refereed or non-refereed conference proceedings, book reviews, and other similar published materials.” A paper presented at a conference counts as a publication if that paper is published in the conference proceedings. 2. Papers Presented a. APSU Policy 5:060 states that this area includes “papers presented at local, state, regional, national, and international professional meetings. The significance of content and selection process should be considered in reviewing such presentations.” 3. Performances and Exhibitions 4. Research or Creative Endeavors in Progress a. Submitted grant proposals in areas appropriate to the faculty member’s academic discipline where submission and review is documented either by1) approval and funding or 2) documentation that the proposal was reviewed and rejected. 5. Other Items a. Documented evidence of continuing education and training in the faculty member’s area of expertise or in other technological areas C. Professional Contributions and Activities 1. Service to Campus a. Committee work or other administrative service b. Service on Faculty Senate or special task forces c. Other participation or leadership in the university’s governing and policy- making processes d. Advisor to student organizations e. Service on department, college, and university committees, the Academic Council, and on the Faculty Senate f. Other service to the University 2. Service to One’s Discipline a. Membership and leadership roles and positions in professional organizations b. Professional service as session chair, discussant, paper reviewer, other 3. Service to the community a. Discipline related presentations to community groups b. Discipline-related advice to and consultations to community groups c. Other discipline-related service to the local community or larger society 4.. Evidence to continuing professional development and growth II. Faculty Retention Years 4-5 unless being reviewed for tenure (same outline as I). III. Tenure (same outline as I). IV. Promotion to Assistant Professor (same outline as I). V. Promotion to Associate Professor (same outline as I). VI. Promotion to Full Professor (same outline as I). VII. Expectations for tenured faculty not being reviewed for promotion. This section applies to all tenured faculty including Full Professors. (same outline as I). Note: Even after tenure and promotion to full professor, all faculty members are expected to continue to perform in the areas of effectiveness in academic assignments, scholarly and creative activities, and professional contributions and activities as documented (see outline). All faculty members are expected to 1) Keep their existing courses current and to develop new courses when appropriate, 2) Participate in recruiting activities and to advise students, 3) Continue efforts to stay current with industrial practice in their fields, and to make contributions in the scholarly area, and 4) Continue to serve in their discipline, the university, and the community. Improvements in existing courses may include developing new course materials, incorporating new software or equipment in existing courses, and efforts to use new teaching technologies to enhance traditional classroom instruction or to offer courses in new ways, such as video or web-based instruction. University service includes active service on department, college, and university committees, the Academic Council, and on the Faculty Senate.
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