Criteria for Promotion to Full Professor
Revised 11/11/07

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 07 February 2001.  You are urged to consult the Handbook for further information and definitions of key terms.

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 a clear and convincing record of a high level of sustained effectiveness with evidence from student evaluations (See Section 103.06) and from at least four additional sources listed in section 103.0302,D,1" (14).

    Department: "A clear and sustained record of excellence at all levels, as reflected in the candidate's ability to make research in his or her scholarly field an integral part of the classroom experience.  Subsuming all those expectations mentioned above, the highest level of teaching is generally demonstrated by innovation in instructional techniques and course design which enhances the department as a whole."

  • Area II: Service To Institution

    Handbook: "Demonstration of a clear and convincing record of a high level of sustained effectiveness as shown by successful, collegial service on departmental, school-wide, institutional or system-wide committees and with evidence from at least four additional sources listed in section 103.0302,D,2" (14).

    Department: "Successful leadership of both departmental and campus-wide committees, among which are committees charged with shaping academic and curricular policies.  It is also assumed at this level that candidates have proven themselves effective mentors to
    younger colleagues and that they have been responsible for strengthening the department's educational mission on several fronts." 

  • Area III: Academic Achievement

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

  • Area IV: Professional Growth and Development

    Handbook: "Demonstration of a clear and convincing record of emerging stature as regional, national, or international authority within the candidate's discipline, and/or a clear and convincing record of a high level of sustained effectiveness in the candidate's discipline with evidence from at least four of the sources listed in section 103.0302,D,3" (14).

    Department: "Outstanding engagement in the world of scholarship, attested by at least three significant scholarly achievements in one’s field[s] of expertise since promotion to Associate Professor, at least two of which must be articles in refereed journals or equivalent achievement such as publication of a book, leadership in professional societies, or establishment of a lecture series. One's record of professional contribution here should be supported by testimony from peers at other institutions who are qualified to assess the candidate's accomplishment."