Criteria for Promotion to Associate Professor
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)