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Part 4. Personnel Policies

Section III. Academic Rank and Other Appointments

C. College of Technology Faculty Promotion and Rank (Updated 4/04)

1. Purpose:

To establish criteria, guidelines and regulations for the promotion to the various ranks reflected by levels of achievement.

2. Philosophy:

The strength of vocational and applied technology programs is, in part, a reflection of the quality and expertise of the faculty responsible for delivery of those programs. The philosophy of applied technology education and training is to employ faculty who are proven experts in their crafts. The professional development of that faculty is an ongoing process and is in keeping with the role and mission of the institution: primarily instruction, supplemented with timely upgrade in both teaching and technical skills; public and institutional service; and other scholarly activities.

The performance of a faculty member shall show increasing competence and excellence to warrant promotion. The process should reflect technical and instructional skill competence upon entry as a Level I Instructor or Level II Advanced Instructor; the ranks of Level III Senior Instructor and Level IV Master Instructor are indicative of particular excellence in both teaching and technical competency. All faculty must be willing to play an active role in institutional activity and providing assistance in the professional development process of new faculty.

For promotion in rank, Idaho State University recognizes four main areas of faculty involvement:

The rank of Level IV Master Instructor represents the highest level of achievement which can be attained. This rank should be reserved for those individuals who are demonstrably outstanding.

The CTech Faculty member may choose to apply for academic rank as outlined in the Faculty/Staff handbook at Part 4. Section III. ACADEMIC RANK. It is expressly noted that there are two paths for CTech faculty. CTech faculty may choose a vocational path that emphasizes professional growth as evidenced by individual professional development activities (including back-to-industry work). This vocational path will lead to Level IV Master Instructor rank. CTech faculty who wish to move through the academic ranks will need to fulfill the professional development activities through Level III and focus his/her attention on the necessary education and other activities as outlined in the Faculty/Staff Handbook at Part 4. Section III. ACADEMIC RANK. This academic path may lead to the Professor rank.

3. General Criteria for Promotion:

In addition to the specific promotion criteria listed herein, other indicators of merit can be used to measure the performance of faculty. These may include recruitment efforts; student retention in programs; high level of placement of program completers in the job market for which they are prepared; new and innovative teaching methods used; and/or quality performance-based instruction as evidenced by the level of competence achieved by program completers.
It is recognized that faculty perform varied tasks and that the value placed on instruction, professional preparation, and service must be adapted to differing roles and disciplines. It is a function of the Promotion and Rank Committee to weigh these performance criteria in a thorough but consistent manner.

Promotion from one rank to the next will be predicated on the following basic indicators of competence:

4. Specific Promotion Requirements:

a. Level I Instructor

(1) A new instructor hired in at the Limited Vocational Specialist Certificate level.

(2) Must meet minimum State of Idaho Certification requirements at the time of hire.

b. Level I Instructor to Level II Advanced Instructor

In addition to the basic indicators of competence,

(1) Must complete the certification requirements for a

(a) Standard Vocational Specialist Certificate OR

(b) Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificate.

(2) Serve a minimum of two academic years with Idaho State University as a Level I Instructor. Application for promotion from Level I Instructor to Level II Advanced Instructor can be made at the completion of the second year as Instructor.

c. Level II Advanced Instructor to Level III Senior Instructor

(1) Evidence of escalating teaching and professional competence by completing twelve academic credits since entering the teaching profession. These credits should be clustered in a manner that provides a comprehensive core of educational competence, including teacher education, professional education in one's discipline and/or accumulated trade competency equivalent hours as recognized by the State Division of Professional Technical Education. Noncredit professional education may be accepted at the ratio of one credit for fifteen clock hours, to a maximum of three credits.

(2) Minimum of two academic years of service with Idaho State University as a Level II Advanced Instructor, or equivalent, unless a lesser time is recommended by the department chair. Application for promotion from Level II Advanced Instructor to Level III Senior Instructor may be made in the second year of being a Level II Advanced Instructor.

(3) Evidence of teaching competency as shown by a possession of a Standard or Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificate or a Limited Vocational Specialist Certificate.

(4) Predominantly positive department chair performance evaluations for the two years preceding application, to include teaching, professional activity, professional preparation and service.

(5) Predominantly positive student evaluations for the two years preceding application.

(6) Documented efforts to increase instructional effectiveness by actions taken to formatively evaluate and improve teaching capabilities.

d. Level III Senior Instructor to Level IV Master Instructor

In addition to the basic indicators of competence,

(1) Must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree OR evidence of escalating teaching and professional competence as shown by satisfactory completion of forty or more post secondary academic credits since entering the teaching profession. These credits should be clustered in a manner that provides a comprehensive core of educational competence, including teacher education, professional education in one's discipline and/or accumulated trade competence equivalent hours as recognized by the State Division of Professional Technical Education. Noncredit professional education may be accepted at the ratio of one credit for fifteen clock hours, to a maximum of ten credits.

(2) Minimum of four academic years of service, two of which must be with Idaho State University as an Advanced Instructor, or equivalent, unless a lesser time is recommended by the department chair. Application for promotion from Level III Senior Instructor to Level IV Master Instructor may be made during the fourth year as a senior instructor.

(3) Possess Standard or Advanced Vocational Specialist Certificate AND an additional 80 hours of employment in the specific occupational field since entering the teaching profession or 30 cumulative hours of documented attendance at the State Division of Professional Technical Education approved technical conferences, institutes, or workshops.

(4) Predominantly positive department chair performance evaluations for the two years preceding application to include teaching, professional activity, professional preparation, and service.

(5) Predominantly positive student evaluations for the two years preceding application.

(6) Documented efforts to increase instructional effectiveness by actions taken to formatively evaluate and improve teaching capabilities.

5. Procedural Guidelines

a. A faculty member seeking promotion shall, in consultation with the department chair, be responsible for compiling and submitting all pertinent data necessary for promotional evaluations.

b. All evaluative information, together with a written recommendation from the department chair shall be forwarded to the College of Technology Promotion and Rank Committee.

c. The Rank and Promotion Committee shall be appointed by Faculty Council.

d. Based on the findings of the Rank and Promotion Committee, the Faculty Council will make a recommendation to the Dean by submission date determined annually by the Dean.

e. The Dean shall forward the Faculty Council recommendation and make recommendation to the Academic Vice President by the submission date determined annually by the Academic Vice President. The Academic Vice President shall then make recommendations to the President, who will make recommendations to the State Board of Education at an appropriate meeting.

f. The President's Office shall notify faculty members in writing of the approval or denial of promotion by the State Board of Education. Should a faculty member be denied recommendation for promotion by the department, Promotion and Rank Committee, Dean, Academic Vice President, or the President, written notification must be made within three (3) days. If the faculty member seeks audience with the denying authority, a written request must be submitted within five (5) working days. The meeting shall be held within ten (10) working days following receipt of the written request.


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