Criteria for Promotion to Associate Professor
Revised 02/07/01

Promotion in the University System of Georgia is based upon performance in the four areas outlined below. Quotations from the Faculty Handbook (revised Autumn 1995) pertinent to each area are given with page numbers, along with excerpts from departmental standards adopted on 7 February 2001. You are urged to consult the Handbook for further information and definitions of key terms.

According to the Handbook, "Four criteria are prescribed by Board of Regents Policies, 8.3.6: 1) superior teaching, 2) outstanding service to the institution, 3) academic achievement, and 4) professional growth and development. According to Regents' Policies, noteworthy achievement should be expected in at least two areas. At the University of West Georgia, one of those "noteworthy" areas must be teaching, except in the case of librarians and administrators whose primary tasks are not teaching. For employment or promotion to Associate Professor or Professor, one must have demonstrated at least some substantive and documentable achievement in all four areas. For those holding academic rank in the Library, outstanding fulfillment of duties rather than superior teaching shall be the criterion applied although teaching librarians and administrators must supply evidence of excellence in teaching as part of their case for promotion." (17)

  • Area I: Teaching

    Handbook: "Demonstration of significant contributions as a teacher and a strong likelihood of continuing effectiveness in teaching with evidence from student evaluations (See Section 103.06) and from at least three additional sources listed in section 103.0302,D,1" (14).

    Department: "Evidence of excellence in teaching upper-division courses within one's field of primary expertise, coupled with proof of broadening interests at the graduate or interdisciplinary level, stimulating student interest in the discipline, and maintaining high-quality instruction in introductory courses. Candidates at this level [rank of Associate Professor] should also evince the potential for serving as exemplary models to junior colleagues."

  • Area II: Service To Institution

    Handbook: "Demonstration of significant contributions in such service and a strong likelihood of continuing effectiveness as shown by successful, collegial service on departmental, school-wide, institutional or system-wide committees and with evidence from at least three additional sources listed in section 103.0302,D,2" (14).

    Department: "Effective leadership of a departmental committee, evidenced in part by the promoting of collegial interaction, and commensurate involvement in school or [University]-wide bodies as well as in academic forums beyond the campus. Service to the larger community, particularly in representing scholarly pursuits to lay audiences, is also deemed significant achievement deserving of recognition under this heading."

  • Area III: Academic Achievement

    Handbook: "Terminal degree in discipline" (14).

  • Area IV: Professional Growth and Development

    Handbook: "Demonstration of significant contributions to the candidate's discipline and a strong likelihood of continuing effectiveness with evidence from at least three of the sources listed in section 103.0302,D,3" (14).

    Department: "Documentation of a focused agenda for research, again bearing on one's teaching, which includes three significant scholarly achievements in one's field[s] of expertise, at least two of which must be the publication of articles in refereed journals or equivalent achievement, participation in professional organizations, and regular contribution to scholarly colloquia. Also indicative of professional growth are election to national office in professional societies, editorships of journals, and successful completion of grant proposals."