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IX. Promotion In Rank And Multi-Year Appointments

Recommendations for promotion and multiple-year appointments at Richard Bland College shall be made to the Dean of Faculty by the Peer Review Committee. In all cases, the Dean, upon receipt of the committee’s report, shall make recommendations regarding promotions and multiple-year contracts to the President, whose decision is final, subject to the approval of the Board of Visitors.

Though there will be consideration for promotion in rank at the times stipulated in this document, such promotion is not automatic upon completion of time served at a particular level of rank.

A. Minimum Requirements for Service and Promotion:

  1. Instructor
    The faculty member must hold/have a master’s degree and/or a minimum of eighteen graduate hours in the area of instruction, or in rare cases, be awarded consideration of an equivalency by the Dean of Faculty.
  2. Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor
    To be considered for promotion to assistant professor, a faculty member must:

    1. Have completed two (2) years’ service as an instructor at the College, or in rare cases, be awarded consideration of an equivalency by the Dean of Faculty;
    2. Hold a master’s degree in the field of appointment, or in rare cases, be awarded consideration of an equivalency by the Dean of Faculty;
    3. Demonstrate performance that reflects promise of the candidate’s being a strong addition to the College in his/her professional field, and
    4. Submit a satisfactory portfolio for review prior to promotion, as described above.
  3. Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor
    To be considered for promotion to associate professor, a faculty member must complete four (4) years’ service as an Assistant Professor at the College, or in rare cases, be awarded consideration of an equivalency by the Dean of Faculty. The faculty member must also have at least six (6) years in total of college-level teaching.
  4. Promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor
    To be considered for promotion to full professor, a faculty member must complete at least six (6) years as associate professor, or in rare cases, be awarded consideration of an equivalency by the Dean of Faculty. S/he must have a minimum of twelve (12) years of college teaching experience (or equivalency), and a terminal degree in his/her field. The M.F.A. can be considered as a terminal degree for a faculty member whose field is theater or studio art. The promotion, if awarded, will take effect in the fall semester following the candidate’s completion of the requirements stipulated herein, given approval of the Peer Review Committee, the Dean of Faculty, the President, and the Board of Visitors.

B. Timetable for Review and Promotion

  1. First Monday in April
    Candidates for promotion, initial specified-term review, pre-tenure review, tenure review, post-tenure review, and multiple-year contract review, as well as relevant committee memberships, are announced by the Dean of Faculty.
  1. Third Monday in September
    Candidates for promotion, tenure review, post-tenure review, and/or multiple-year contract review submit their portfolios to the Peer Review Committee. The relevant department chairs and/or Dean of Faculty submit(s) a five (5)-year review.
  1. Third Monday in November
    The Peer Review Committee sends its report to candidates. Before the committee makes its report, at least two (2) members of the committee will visit an entire class meeting for each faculty member under review. If the committee is not prepared to make a final report, additional information or documentation as necessary will be required of the candidate at this time. Before the committee evaluation is submitted to the department chair, either a faculty member or the committee may request a meeting.
  1. Third Monday in January
    Candidates submit additional information or documentation as requested to their department chair. Candidates for pre-tenure review or initial specified-term review submit their portfolios to the Peer Review Committee.
  1. Second Monday in February
    Committee evaluations for promotion, tenure review, post-tenure review, and/or multiple-year contract review go to the relevant department chairs.
  1. Last Monday in February
    Department chairs make their evaluations. If either the committee or a department chair finds a faculty member’s performance unsatisfactory, the portfolio, including evaluations, will be forwarded to the Dean of Faculty.Faculty members whose portfolios are found unsatisfactory will be given one (1) week to add additional materials and formulate a response to the committee’s members and to their department chairs for review.The committee will send its reports on pre-tenure review and initial specified-term review to candidates. Before the committee drafts its reports, at least two (2) members of the committee will visit an entire class meeting for each faculty member under its review.
  1. Third Monday in March
    The Dean of Faculty, having registered his/her assessments in writing appended to reports, returns the reports to the committee.Should the Dean of Faculty judge a faculty member’s performance unsatisfactory, s/he will meet with the faculty member and form a plan of action specifying what areas need to be addressed and how performance in these areas will be judged. If that plan is agreeable to both parties, it shall be signed by both. A signed copy of the plan should be appended to the report returned to the committee, for return to the faculty member in question. If the plan is not signed, see step #8 below. The unsigned copy of the plan should be appended to the report of the committee, for return to the faculty member in question. In either case, the original copy of the documents will be maintained in the Dean of Faculty’s office.
  1. First Monday in April:
    If a faculty member’s performance was judged to be unsatisfactory, and no agreement was reached at step #7 above, a faculty member may appeal the Dean of Faculty’s suggested plan and/or the requirements for satisfactory performance to the Faculty Affairs Committee within one (1) week of the plan’s return. The committee has two (2) weeks to accept the Dean of Faculty’s recommendations, or to suggest revisions. If the committee suggests revisions, the Dean of Faculty may accept those revisions, or send the original proposal and suggested revisions to the President, who will make the final decision before contracts are issued.
  1. Next year’s cycle begins.

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