P & T Guidelines: Department of Languages and Linguistics

September 9th, 2008 by Bridget

Plymouth State University

Department of Languages and Linguistics

Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

As referred to in the PSU Faculty Handbook, the following discipline-specific guidelines for promotion and tenure are in reference to the required evidence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.

· As a candidate seeks tenure and promotion from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years, of excellence in teaching by means of course/teacher evaluations and class observations; ongoing scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, annual publications and/or conference presentations that have received positive external and/or peer review at the regional, national, and/or international levels; and a record of meaningful service provided to the department and our university.

· As a candidate seeks promotion from the rank of associate professor to full professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years from the time of his or her promotion to the rank of associate professor, of continued excellence in teaching; continual scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, annual publications and/or conference presentations that demonstrate noteworthy accomplishment in his or her field at the national and/or international levels that enhance the academic reputation of our university; and a record of continued meaningful service provided to the department and our university.

In accordance with current university policy, these promotion and tenure guidelines, established 2008 in consultation with the provost/vice president for academic affairs, will be reviewed and revised (as necessary) at least every five years.

I. Guidelines: Expectations for Teaching (in addition to those offered in the faculty handbook):

Instructors are:

expected to be competent and effective teachers. Teaching must be student/learner- centered, with students functioning as active participants.

Instructors must:

possess expertise and skills in the subject areas they teach and must seek out and incorporate additional materials into their courses in order to keep course content and methodologies up to date and of relevance to the lives and educational goals of their students; design their courses and class meetings to achieve specific and clear objectives and goals, and provide adequate and realistic assessments; ensure that all course assignments are clear and specific, are relevant to the stated course learning goals, and include adequate and appropriate criteria by which student submissions will be evaluated.

Instructors are:

required to hold all classes, including those of finals week, in accordance with our university’s established credit-to-contact-hour ratio and to meet for the entire class meeting time.

Suggested Evidence that Demonstrates Excellence in Teaching:

Compiled Results of Student Course Evaluations

Annual Evaluation Letters from the Department Chair

Reports of Annual Class Observations by the Department Chair

Reports of Classroom Visits by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (and/or his or her designee)

Reports of Classroom Visits by Other Departmental or University Colleagues with Relevant Expertise, if applicable

Annual Faculty Reports

Teaching Materials such as Sample Syllabi, Assignments, Tests, etc.

Evidence of Engagement in Continued Professional Development (such as course work, workshops, certification seminars, etc.)

Evidence of Noteworthy Innovation in Pedagogy and/or Class Materials

Evidence of Student Success or Exemplary Student Work

Specific Information Pertaining to Teaching that Must be Included in the Promotion and Tenure Folder (Beyond the Application Itself):

· A Complete List of All PSU Languages and Linguistic Courses

· Taught from the Time of Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

· Summaries of all Course Evaluations from the Time of Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

· All Annual Evaluation Letters from the Department Chair from the Time of Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

· All Reports of Classroom Observations by the Department Chair from the Time of Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

· All Reports of Classroom Observations by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (and/or his or her designee) from the Time of Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

· Copies of All Annual Faculty Reports Prepared by the Candidate from the Time of Initial

Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

II. Guidelines: Expectations for Scholarship (in addition to those offered in the faculty

handbook):

As a general guideline (and at a minimum), faculty members in the Department of Languages and Linguistics are expected to publish at least one peer-reviewed/ competitively selected journal article or review each year (as sole author or first author) and/or present at least one conference paper/ presentation each year. Additional scholarly output and/or additional forms of scholarship, in addition to this minimum requirement, are desirable and strongly encouraged.

· As a candidate seeks tenure and promotion from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years, of annual publications and conference presentations that have received positive external and/or peer review at the regional, national, and/or international levels.

· As a candidate seeks promotion from the rank of associate professor to full professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years from the time of his or her promotion to the rank of associate professor, of annual publications and/or conference presentations that demonstrate noteworthy accomplishment in his or her field at the national and/or international levels and enhance the academic reputation of our university.

Suggested Evidence that Demonstrates Successful Scholarship:

Published Academic Books Written by the Candidate

Published Academic Textbooks Written by the Candidate

Published Academic Books Edited by the Candidate

Published Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal Articles

Published Peer-Reviewed/Competitively Selected Academic Anthologized Essays

Published Peer-Reviewed/Competitively Selected Academic Book Chapters

Academic Conference Presentations at the Regional, National, and/or International Levels

Published Reviews in Refereed Journals

Ongoing Research Related to One’s Academic Area(s) of Specialization/Expertise

Research and/or Editing Activities Relevant to One’s Academic Area(s) of Specialization/Expertise

Presentation of Research Findings at Campus Events or Workshops (e.g., Society for Scholarly Dialogue Presentations, etc.)

Photocopies of Scholarship-Related Award Certificates

Copies of Submitted Grant Proposals

Copies of Scholarly Works in Progress (completed but not yet published or presented)

Specific Information Pertaining to Scholarship that Must be Included in the Promotion and Tenure Folder (Beyond the Application Itself):

· Current and Complete Curriculum Vitae that Includes all Relevant Information Pertaining to Academic Publications, Academic Conference Presentations, and Related Scholarship Activities (with dates);

· Photocopies of Cover, Table of Contents, and Sample Chapter(s) of Books/Textbooks Written by the Candidate or Books Edited by the Candidate (if applicable)

· Photocopies of Representative Sample Journal Articles, Anthologized Essays, and/or Book Chapters

· A Minimum of Six Current Internal and External Letters of Support (at least three internal/PSU and at least three external/non-PSU) that Assess the Quality and Impact of the Candidate’s Accomplishments in Scholarship (exclusively and/or in relation to the candidate’s related teaching and/or service accomplishments)

III. Guidelines: Expectations for Service (in addition to those offered in the faculty handbook):

Substantial meaningful service to the department and the university is essential each year. The amount and quality of service is expected to increase at each rank. Additional types of service (e.g., to the profession, to the University System of New Hampshire, to the community, etc.) are desirable and encouraged.

Suggested Evidence that Demonstrates Successful Service:

Organizing, Attending, and/or Actively Participating in Departmental Activities and Events

Attending and Actively Participating in Faculty Meetings and Faculty Governance

Evidence of Meaningful Involvement in Departmental Planning/Curriculum Development

Evidence of Meaningful Contributions to Faculty Committees, Councils, and/or Task Forces

Serving in a Leadership Role in Professional/Scholarly Organizations (beyond simply being a registered member)

Serving as a Administrator/Coordinator of Academic Programs

Serving as an Active and Enthusiastic Advisor to Student Organizations, Clubs, and/or Groups

Actively Participating in Convocation, Commencements, and Other Important University Events

Actively Participating in University New-Student Orientation/Schedule Planning Sessions, Open Houses, First- Class Sessions, etc.

Evidence of Consulting Activities in Your Area(s) of Professional Expertise

Evidence of Outreach Efforts that Enhance our University’s Image in the Community

Specific Information Pertaining to Service that Must be Included in the Promotion and Tenure Folder (Beyond the Application Itself):

· Current and Complete Curriculum Vitae that Includes all Relevant Information Pertaining to Service Activities (with dates)

· Supporting Documentation of Meaningful Service Activities (as most relevant to the candidate’s individual service accomplishments, such as promotional materials pertaining to events the candidate has organized, articles or press releases pertaining to the candidate’s service activities, letters from individuals with whom the candidate has served on committees or to whom the candidate has provided other meaningful forms of service, etc.)

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