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Juniata College seeks to sustain and improve its academic stature. Maintaining and improving the quality of the faculty is a primary means of achieving these ends. Promotion in academic rank is a means by which the College encourages, recognizes and rewards faculty members for excellence in the performance of their duties.

2.6.1 Eligibility for Promotion

Faculty are promoted on the basis of the excellence of their qualifications discussed in this section and in Section 2.5, "Evaluation Criteria for Faculty." Assistant Professor

Promotion to Assistant Professor normally requires a terminal degree and at least the equivalent of one year of college teaching.

To qualify for the rank of Assistant Professor, a faculty person is expected to hold a terminal degree in his or her field; in this respect, Juniata normally recognizes the academic doctorate as the terminal degree, but the Provost and the President have in the past accepted such specialized degrees as the MFA, and MBA as a terminal degree. Such special cases are at the discretion of the Provost and President and specifics of those cases must be recorded in the initial contract upon initial appointment. Associate Professor

To be eligible for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor normally requires that the individual possess a terminal degree in his or her field and six years of full-time college teaching at the rank of Assistant Professor.

In addition, eligibility for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, requires considerably more than meeting the above time in rank. Just as a faculty person expects to progress in rank, so the college expects the faculty person to progress in teaching and advising effectiveness, professional development, institutional service, and overall worth to the college and its students. Professor

Eligibility for promotion to the rank of Professor normally requires a terminal degree in an appropriate field and a minimum of twelve years of full-time college teaching, six at the rank of Associate Professor.

In addition to the above requirements, promotion to the rank of Professor requires evidence of excellence in candidate's value to the college and its students. This is reflected through continuing strong contributions in teaching effectiveness, advising, professional development, and service.

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2.6.2 Time in Rank

Although a Department Chair, the Provost, or the Personnel Evaluation Committee may recognize superior service by recommending advancement in rank and the College may concur by offering advancement in rank, individual faculty members ordinarily may not be considered for advancement until the minimum length of time in current rank has been completed. Sabbatical leave and leave with pay will count in the satisfaction of years in rank toward promotion, except that normally the Personnel Evaluation Committee will not recommend a person for promotion in the year immediately following a sabbatical year or other full-year leave. Leave without pay may or may not count toward promotion (See Section 2.13).

2.6.3 Procedures for Promotion Review

The initiation of a promotion review starts with the office of the Provost where the official data on years of service in particular ranks is maintained. Those identified as becoming eligible during the following academic year comprise the list of eligible faculty members. This list of eligible persons is sent to the Personnel Evaluation Committee and the appropriate Department Chairs; the committee then initiates data collection during that academic year. The data collected is placed in a file for use in preparing the summary report during the following academic year in which the person becomes eligible for promotion. (Further procedures are specified in Section

The Personnel Evaluation Committee will notify all candidates who will be evaluated in the current academic year and will request permission to proceed. At this point, a faculty member who does not wish to be reviewed may inform the Committee in writing that he or she does not wish to be evaluated for promotion. Procedures are specified in Section

2.6.4 Special Case Promotions

A faculty member can be considered eligible for appointment or promotion in other ways. In the past, appointments at Juniata have been made and promotions granted to individuals who did not hold the normal terminal degrees. The statements in this section identify additional ways in which a faculty member may be considered eligible to be evaluated for promotion or appointment. Eligibility for Special Case Promotion

  1. Eligibility for appointment or promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor may be made on the basis of clear evidence of excellence in teaching, advising, campus leadership, scholarly recognition, and/or creative production. Examples of such activities are innovative leadership in pedagogy, extensive cross-disciplinary teaching, major excellence in development of courses that support all- college goals, and extra-campus recognition of original scholarship or creative production. Candidacy is not limited to these examples.
  2. Appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may be made on the basis of scholarly or creative work formally recognized by experts in the academic or professional field, work normally judged as equivalent in rigor or professionalism to the doctorate.
  3. Appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may be made on the basis of distinguished professional attainments. Examples of such attainments are extended professional experience in government or law, publication or production of a well-received creative work, professionally recognized success in performance, recognized professional experience in science or technology, or outstanding executive experience in business. Procedures for Nomination to Eligibility for those not Normally Eligible

  1. Nomination
    Any faculty member may nominate a colleague with that colleague's permission. Nominations should be sent directly to the Personnel Evaluation Committee. The deadline for nominations is October 1.
  2. Making the Case
    The faculty member making the nomination assumes the responsibility for demonstrating ways in which his/her nominee does in fact deserve to be considered an exceptional case; a strong and considered case must be made, employing the criteria given in Section
  3. Notification and Data Collection
    The faculty member making the nomination also notifies the Provost and the department of the nominated faculty member of the nomination; this is done through the Department Chair and the nominator may seek support from the nominee's department. Input from the department is a necessary source of data.
  4. Recommendations
    The Personnel Evaluation Committee considers the nomination. The Committee notifies the Provost of the nomination, detailing the nomination and the Committee's decision as to whether it will proceed with data collection.
  5. Procedure
    Once a nominee is declared eligible by the Personnel Evaluation Committee for review by the Committee, the regular procedures of the Personnel Evaluation Committee governing evaluation for promotion apply.

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Revisions to Sections and were approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on May 29, 1996.
Revision to Section was approved by the Faculty, May 2013.
Revision to Section was approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, July 2013.