Advancement in rank

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to establish criteria and procedures for the advancement of rank for members of the full-time faculty.

Policy

As part of the procedure for advancement in rank, the University will, on an ongoing basis, develop and refine appropriate evaluative instruments. Factors considered for advancement in rank are teaching ability, service to the University, dedication to the basic philosophy and goals of the University, scholarly achievement, and time-in-rank. In certain programs, professional experience in the area may be a factor. The primary duty of all faculty members at Lynn University is teaching. Consequently, the University is much more focused on the quality of instruction than it is with scholarly research. However, this in no way should preclude a faculty member from undertaking research or publication. The University encourages original research and publication or presentation of papers by its faculty and will provide assistance for travel when possible. Please refer to the University’s Faculty Development Policy for additional information.

A full-time faculty member who is eligible for advancement in rank should develop a dossier consisting of:

a. Letter of Intent

i. Proof of Terminal Degree or explanation of how the Candidate otherwise meets this requirement

ii. Proof of Time in Rank or explanation of how Candidate otherwise meets this requirement

iii. Summary of teaching effectiveness, record of service and record of scholarly activity

b. Curriculum Vitae

c. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

i. Per definitions in Faculty Evaluation Policy

ii. Copies of all SIR II evaluations for the period since last advancement

d. Evidence of a Record of Service

i. Per definitions in Faculty Evaluation Policy

ii. Evidence for the period since last advancement

e. Evidence of a Record of Scholarly Activity

i. Per definitions in Faculty Evaluation Policy

ii. Evidence for the period since last advancement

f. Letters of Recommendation

i. Minimum of two letters of recommendation

ii. One of which should be from a recommender outside of the University who can attest to the academic qualifications of the applicant

iii. Members from Rank and Advancement Committee may not write letters of recommendation

iv. All letters are to be sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

  1. Vice President for Academic Affairs will forward Letters of Recommendation to the appropriate College Dean
  2. Vice President for Academic Affairs will forward Letters of Recommendation to the Committee on Rank and Advancement via Canvas

The appropriate College Dean, the Committee on Rank and Advancement, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs will each make an informed and independent recommendation to the President regarding each applicant for advancement in rank. The decision regarding advancement rests solely with the President and the Board of Trustees after their respective independent reviews.

In case of a request for evaluation before the completion of the standard time in rank, the person may be advised that his/her progress is satisfactory, and that his/her work is considered favorably, but that there is no highly unusual attainment that would support recommendation for advancement before completion of the standard time in rank.

In case of failure to meet the criteria required for advancement, the person will be advised of these deficiencies. At a later date, when the deficiencies have been removed, the person may make a new request.

Definitions

Not Applicable.

Procedures/Guidelines

I. Criteria for Advancement in Rank

Advancement from one rank to another is not automatic. A recommendation for advancement in rank will be based upon positive accomplishments, not merely upon time served and an absence of serious deficiencies. Only the accomplishment and performance of the faculty member in the rank currently held should be considered for advancement to the next rank.

In order to be considered for advancement in rank, a full-time faculty member must complete three years full-time teaching at Lynn University and receive verification from the appropriate College Dean in addition to meeting the following minimum standards:

1. Instructor to Assistant Professor: To advance to the rank of Assistant Professor and individual must:

a. Either (i) Hold a master’s degree and have made substantive progress toward obtaining a doctorate or its equivalent; or (ii) hold a terminal degree appropriate to the discipline; or (iii) hold multiple Master’s degrees that serve the needs of the University or faculty member’s College; or (iv) hold a master’s degree and substantial professional, artistic, or other relevant experience.

b. Have three years full-time teaching experience at Lynn University.

c. Demonstrate teaching effectiveness and evidence of contributions to education at Lynn University.

d. Provide a record of service (community, University, and or disciplinary).

2. Assistant Professor to Associate Professor: To advance to the rank of Associate Professor an individual must:

a. Hold a terminal degree appropriate to the discipline.

b. Have five years of full-time teaching at the Assistant Professor level at a regionally accredited institution or an internationally recognized institution of higher education, three years of which must have been completed at Lynn University.

c. Demonstrate teaching effectiveness and evidence of contributions to education at Lynn University.

d. Provide a record of service (community, University, and/or disciplinary).

e. Demonstrate a record of scholarly activity.

3. Associate Professor to Full Professor: To advance to the rank of Full Professor an individual must:

a. Hold a terminal degree appropriate to the discipline.

b. Have seven years of full-time teaching at the Associate Professor level at a regionally accredited institution or an internationally recognized institution of higher education, three years of which must have been completed at Lynn University.

c. Demonstrate teaching effectiveness and evidence of contributions to education.

d. Provide a record of service (community, University, and/or disciplinary).

e. Demonstrate a record of scholarly activity.

II. Timeline for Advancement in Rank

On or before October 1 – deadline for faculty member to notify the College Dean of intent to seek advancement in rank.

On or before December 1 – all promotion materials due to College Dean from the promotion applicant.

On or before February 15 – deadline for first meeting of the Committee on Rank and Advancement.

On or before April 1 – Recommendations from the Committee and College Dean are due to the Vice President for Academic Affairs who will forward to the President.

III. Committee on Rank and Advancement Procedures

Each College will elect a representative to the Committee on Rank and Advancement in the fall term of each year, as needed. Representatives must hold the rank of full professor or where appropriate, senior faculty with the rank of Associate Professor. Upon receipt of the materials, the committee will select a member from a college other than that of the applicant to present each faculty member applying for advancement in rank. All members are expected to review materials from each applicant. Each applicant will be discussed at the conclusion of the committee member’s presentation.

After all applicants have been reviewed and discussed the committee will vote on each application. The representative from the applicant’s College will refrain from voting.

The committee member representing the applicant will write a letter on behalf of the committee to convey the results of the vote and provide evidence to support the committee’s recommendation. All committee recommendations will be reviewed by the committee, edited if necessary and then sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs who will forward to the President.


To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Academic Affairs.

Policy updated on: Sep. 26, 2018