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DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS TO THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION OF TENURED AND TENURABLE FACULTY AND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR TENURE Approved by Department October 2005 (date) Approved by Dean November 30, 2005 (date) Approved by Provost _________ (date) ITEM I: Biology Department Guidelines for the Promotion and Tenure Review Committee Composition and Procedures ITEM II: Biology Department Definitions of National Recognition ITEM III: Additions and Deletions to the University Guidelines for Promotion ITEM IV: Additions and Deletions to the University Guidelines for Tenure2ITEM I: Biology Department Guidelines for the Promotion and Tenure Review Committee Composition and Procedures The Biology Department has developed the following changes and additions to the University Policies and Procedures for Promotion of Tenured and Tenurable Faculty (Section III. B. 2). a) Candidates applying for tenure and/or promotion, the department chairperson, and faculty members holding administrative positions at the college level or above cannot be members; b) In the Biology Department one committee, designated as the departmental promotion and tenure review committee (D-PTRC), will review all applications for promotion and/or tenure; c) The committee will be made-up of all tenured faculty members, with no minimum rank requirement. The composition of the committee will be reviewed and approved annually by a majority vote of the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members; d) A committee chairperson will be elected by the members of the committee. Nominees for committee chair must have at least one year of experience on the committee; e) For purposes of deliberation and voting a simple majority of one more than half of the committee membership will constitute a quorum; f) When committee members are unable to attend the D-PTRC meeting, proxy votes will be allowed, but must be provided in writing to the committee chair prior to the meeting; and g) Candidates for tenure and/or promotion must receive a favorable vote from a simple majority (one more than half) of the votes cast.3ITEM II: Biology Department Definition of National Recognition The dissemination of knowledge through publication in high quality, peer-reviewed journals is the primary criterion by which research/scholarship activity will be judged. The Biology Department will consider the following when evaluating National Recognition in research/scholarship: a. Publication of original research in high quality, peer-reviewed journals; b. Publication of invited review articles, chapters, or books; c. Peer-reviewed presentations before one’s professional peers at national or international meetings/conferences; d. Funded external grants from public or private sources; e. Letters of evaluation/recommendation from professional peers; f. Citation rates and impact factors for peer-reviewed papers (ISI database); g. Serving as an invited reviewer for journals or funding agencies; h. Presentation of invited lectures, seminars, or symposia; and/or i. Serving as editor for a national/international journal. In special situations, faculty members may demonstrate high quality performance in service/outreach in place of research/scholarship for promotion if written approval is received from the College Dean, the Department Chair, and the tenured Biology faculty. Candidates for promotion to professor who choose service/outreach as their emphasis are expected to demonstrate a level of sustained high quality professional service/outreach in their area of specialization that is recognized at the national level. The Biology Department will consider the following when evaluating National Recognition in service/outreach: a. Publication of invited review articles, chapters, or books relative to the service area; b. Funded external grants from public or private sources; c. Letters of evaluation/recommendation from professional peers; d. Serving as an invited reviewer for journals, funding agencies, universities, or accreditation boards; e. Presentation of invited lectures, seminars, or symposia; f. Recognition of achievements by national/international foundations or agencies; g. List of direct consultations, planning reports, or instructional time directed largely to the recipients of university service programs; and/or h. Serving as editor for a national/international publication.4ITEM III: Additions and Deletions to the University Guidelines for Promotion The following additions and/or deletions to the University Policies and Procedures for Promotion of Tenured and Tenurable Faculty have been approved by the Biology Department. IV. C. 2. c. (add) Includes development of new course preparations or new courses. IV. C. 2. d. (add) Includes development of new laboratory experiments/activities. IV. C. 3. a. (add) Two tenured faculty members appointed by the Department Chairperson will serve as teaching mentors for each new faculty member. Mentors will provide written assessments/suggestions to the faculty member and the promotion review committee. Teaching assessments may be based on classroom visitations, seminars presented, and/or other professional venues. IV. D. 1. (add) The Biology Department values the scholarship of discovery (seeking knowledge), the scholarship of synthesis (building upon and combining previous findings to develop new approaches), the scholarship of application (attempting to solve practical problems), and the scholarship of teaching (transforming and extending knowledge through classroom-based activities). Research/scholarship and not creative activity will be evaluated for promotion. Candidates for promotion must demonstrate high quality performance in teaching, high quality performance in research/scholarship, and quality performance in service/outreach. Relative to research/scholarship, candidates for associate professor must demonstrate consistent progress toward establishing an active research program in their area of specialization as evidenced by a record of quality peer-reviewed publications. Candidates for professor must demonstrate a sustained record of high quality research and peer-reviewed publications in their area of specialization


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