In applying its professional judgment to the decision of whether to recommend promotion, the Council of Full Professors (typically consisting of full professors within the department; see the panel below called Departmental Promotion Review Process) must follow the departmental policy in the interest of improving the academic and professional quality of the department.
The Council of Full Professors may not decline to recommend promotion for any reasons which are legally impermissible or which violate principles of academic freedom.
The basic standard for review will be whether the faculty member under review has met criteria consistent with the rank of professor as established in its departmental guidelines. Special care should be taken to ensure that the scholarly productivity of jointly appointed and interdisciplinary faculty is appropriately evaluated.
The articulated standards in each department should be consistent with disciplinary conventions. Department standards for promotion should consider any additional documentation of responsibilities. In general, promotion should be based on the record of scholarly work (teaching, service, outreach/extension and research/scholarly productivity) and should not be taken solely for reasons of salary, status, retention, or years of service. These criteria and standards should be consistent with, and may be a subset of, those established under section Faculty Policies and Procedures 7.17.B. (“Post-Tenure Review: Criteria”).
Notwithstanding the responsibility of the department executive committees to provide for the guidance and mentoring of all faculty members, it is the faculty member’s responsibility to meet the criteria for promotion as determined by the department.