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Statutes on Faculty Appointment, Promotion and Tenure

Chapter 302 - Faculty Appointments and Promotions

 

Statement of Intent

In its promotion and tenure policies and procedures, Marquette University seeks to ensure the excellence of its faculty and, at the same time, to ensure equity for each faculty member considered. A crucial part of this consideration is the statement of criteria and norms which follows in these statutes. These norms and criteria are offered as guides, and this in two senses: first, to the individual faculty member, so that he or she may better know what the University expects; second, to those who must advise and decide on promotion and tenure cases. For the latter, the criteria and norms are precisely guides to judgment in what is a vital judgmental process, encompassing the stated norms and criteria, but not limited to them.

Teaching and Scholarship, considered as the central tasks of the faculty, are in no sense opposed to each other, even though they may be carried out by different actions. Teaching is kept creative by means of scholarship; scholarship gains impetus and direction from the demands of teaching.

Section 302.01 - Authority for Appointments and Promotions (revised on January 27, 2014)

All appointments, reappointments, and promotions of faculty members of Marquette University are made by, or under the duly-delegated authority of, the President of the University upon recommendation of appropriate faculty and administrators, on the basis of merit and special fitness of the individual for the service demanded by the position and in accord with approved University policies.

Recommendations for promotion to a higher rank, or for tenure, or to emeritus status, may be initiated by the department chairperson, dean, or by the individual. An evaluation of the recommendation under the approved criteria and special norms shall be carried out by the appropriate department chairperson, the individual's colleagues in the department, promotion and tenure committees, or other individuals competent in the field. An individual may pursue a promotion to a higher rank or for tenure, or to emeritus status, regardless of the findings in such evaluations.

Section 302.02 - General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion

(1) Essential Criteria

The central task of the faculty is to keep knowledge living, and therefore growing, in their students and themselves. Excellence in teaching and scholarship constitutes the essential criteria for appointment and promotion.

(a) Teaching

Since excellent teaching is creative, both in teacher and student, there can be a variety of signs of excellence in teaching, such as: presenting subject matter with the clarity that arises from a deepening grasp of the central facts and their vital interplay; exhibiting enthusiastic commitment to seeking, possessing, and sharing knowledge; bringing subject matter, when appropriate, to bear on the human situation; consciously creating the atmosphere that will draw students on to development and use of their powers of invention and discovery; creating the desire in students for further education.

(b) Scholarship

Beyond advanced degrees earned, there must be other evidence of scholarship, such as: published research or creative works of quality, significant research in new areas and methods of instruction, and other marks of scholarship, such as respect of competent colleagues, professional recognition, direction of and significant participation in research and in scholarly symposia, and being at home in the scholarly publications of one's field.

(2) Other Criteria

The following criteria shall also be considered in determining appointments and promotions. These criteria will not substitute for deficiencies in teaching and scholarship.

(a) Participative Criteria

i. Active involvement in learned societies in the field of one's competence.

ii. Initiative and responsibility in achieving the objectives of the department, college or school, and the University; service on college or University committees or active participation in special academic projects.

(b) Personal Criteria

i. Character and personality which assure a contribution to the missions of the University.

ii. A respectful attitude toward the religious beliefs of others.

iii. Observance of the rule of law as the basis of constitutional government, and the fundamental human and political rights of others.

Section 302.03 - Specific Norms for Appointment and Promotion of Regular Faculty

(1) To Instructor

(a) An appointment to instructor shall be on an annual basis up to a maximum of 5 years.

(b) Qualification

(i.) Possession of the academic master's degree or substantial progress toward the terminal degree. In the Schools of Dentistry and Law, possession of the first professional degree.

(ii.) An interest in and ability to teach.

(iii.) Evidence of scholarly interests.

(iv.) An association with learned societies in the pertinent field.

(v.) Possession of those qualities indicated in Section 302.02(2)(b) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(2) To Assistant Professor

(a) Subject to exception, possession of the earned doctorate or the typical terminal degree in the professions in which the doctorate is an uncommon or non-existent degree; or three years of college teaching or other professional experience; or possession of the first professional degree in the fields of law and dentistry.

(b) An interest in and ability to teach.

(c) Evidence of some achievement in scholarship, in accordance with Section 302.02(1)(b) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(d) Evidence of advancing scholarship, according to Section 302.02(1)(b) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(e) Possession of those qualities indicated in Section 302.02(2) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(3) To Associate Professor

(a) Possession of earned doctorate or other appropriate professional degree or qualification.

(b) Normally, seven years of college teaching or other appropriate professional experience; or college teaching with earned doctorate for four years.

(c) Evidence of increased effectiveness in teaching; in situations where those holding this rank must direct graduate work and research, suitability for direction of such work.

(d) Evidence of advancing scholarship, according to Section 302.02(1)(b) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(e) Initiative and sense of responsibility in achieving the objectives of the department, college or school, and the University; service on department, college and University committees.

(f) Possession of those qualities indicated in Section 302.02(2) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(4) To Professor

(a) Possession of earned doctorate or other appropriate professional degree or qualification.

(b) Normally, ten years of college teaching or other appropriate professional experience; or college teaching with the earned doctorate for seven years.

(c) Distinguished fulfillment of the teaching and scholarship requirements of the previous ranks.

(d) Established reputation among scholars; or notable contribution as a scholar in public service.

(e) Possession of those qualities indicated in Section 302.02(2) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

Section 302.04 - Substitutive Norms for the Appointment and Promotion of Regular Faculty

(1) For the Requirement of the Doctorate or of the Usual Professional Degree:

The practical impossibility of a faculty member to proceed to the required degree. This fact must be evidenced by definite and sound reasons subject to the review of appropriate faculty and administrators. To qualify under this substitutive norm the faculty member must exhibit many of the qualities usually associated with possession of the degree in question.

(2) For the Requirement of Scholarship:

(a) Excellence in public service assignments during the period of university employment for those being promoted, which are closely related to the faculty member's area of academic competence, and which demand a level of activity and grasp of his or her area comparable to that demanded for research and writing.

(b) Excellence in administrative assignments which directly further the scholarly ends of the University.

(3) A faculty member raised in rank according to the immediately preceding provisions may, in exceptional cases, hold a double rank: one in a department of instruction and one in the University, which need not be the same.

Section 302.05 - Special Norms for the Appointment and Promotion of Adjunct, Artistic, Clinical, Research Legal Writing and Visiting Faculty

(1) To Instructor

(a) A license or certificate if appropriate to the profession.

(b) Possession of any degree required by the profession.

(c) Aptitude for teaching and interest in scholarship.

(d) Possession of those qualities indicated in Section 302.02(2)(b) of the General Criteria for Appointment and Promotion.

(2) To Assistant Professor

(a) All pertinent qualifications indicated for Instructors.

(b) Subject to exception, possession of the earned doctorate or the typical terminal degree in the professions in which the doctorate is an uncommon or non-existent degree; or possession of the first professional degree in the fields of law and dentistry.

(c) Normally, five years of experience as an instructor (Adjunct, Clinical, Research or Visiting, as appropriate) or other suitable professional experience.

(d) Demonstrated competence in teaching.

(3) To Associate Professor

(a) All pertinent qualifications indicated for Assistant Professors.

(b) Normally, nine years of teaching or other professional experience.

(c) Effectiveness in teaching and suitability for supervising work of graduate students.

(d) Professional recognition as demonstrated by such achievements as board certification (if appropriate), election to a learned society in the relevant professional field, scholarly publications of quality, and/or other appropriate criteria.

(4) To Professor

(a) All pertinent qualifications indicated for Associate Professors.

(b) Normally, twelve years of distinguished teaching or other appropriate professional experience.

(c) Established reputation among the leaders of the profession or discipline or notable contribution as a professional person in public service.