Approved by the History Department, May 8, 2020
Faculty being considered for promotion to this rank must demonstrate professional growth and achievement commensurate with this rank. Typically, clinical assistant professors should have been in rank a minimum of six years before they are promoted. That is, the promotion review may take place in the sixth year in rank, at earliest, for a promotion that begins in the seventh year. Comparable service at UB or another institution can be counted as part of the six years of time in rank.
Promotion criteria include expectations for performance in both teaching and service. Contributions in research are valued by the Department and can be considered as part of the overall evaluation of the candidate, but such contributions will not be viewed as substitutes for excellence in teaching and service. Research on teaching done as a service to the department and/or university can, however, be evaluated as evidence of service excellence. “Research on teaching” is broadly construed to include, among other topics, innovations in pedagogy and the dissemination of the same in non-traditional media such as podcasts and other digital outlets.
Faculty being considered for promotion to this rank must have achieved a sustained level of excellence commensurate with this rank. Typically, clinical associate professors should have been in rank a minimum of five years before they are promoted. That is, the promotion review may take place in the fifth year in rank, at earliest, for a promotion that begins in the sixth year.
Basic criteria for appointment as a Clinical Professor are the same as for the Clinical Associate Professor. Again, contributions in research are valued and can be considered as part of the overall evaluation, but such contributions will not be viewed as substitutes for excellence in teaching and service. Overall, candidates should have a documented record as an accomplished educator and clear evidence of leadership in the areas in which they teach.
The materials submitted by the candidate along with all letters of evaluation will be distributed to eligible voting members of the Department at least one week prior to a meeting. “Eligible voting members” are defined according to President Tripathi’s 2008 memo regarding voting eligibility for faculty personnel actions. For the promotion of clinical faculty, eligible voters include all tenured and clinical faculty holding the same or higher rank to which the candidate is being considered for promotion. For example, for promotion to Clinical Associate Professor, all voting members at the rank of Associate Professor or Clinical Associate Professor and higher are eligible to vote.
After a full discussion, faculty will vote on their recommendation for promotion by secret ballot, indicating rank. If that vote is positive, the Chair will prepare a letter to the Dean detailing the case for the promotion (including the faculty discussion and votes) and providing a recommendation regarding promotion. The dossier is due in the Dean’s Office Feb. 15 in advance of a promotion effective Sept. 1.