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VMS Promotion and Tenure Guidelines
Adopted September 1986
Revised January 17, 1991
Revised June 28, 1995

Faculty will be judged by appropriate criteria as defined by the Departmental faculty in accordance with the Divisional and MU guidelines.

 

1.         Departmental Responsibilities

 

1.1        The Department Promotion and Tenure Committee shall annually review the file of each faculty member who has not earned tenure or the rank of professor.  The Committee’s comments with regard to the faculty member’s progress toward tenure and/or promotion shall be forwarded in writing to the Department Chairman by May 1 each year.

1.2        The Chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery shall review annually the record and accomplishments of each faculty member who has not earned tenure or the rank of Professor for consideration for promotion or tenure, or both. At the time of each evaluation, the Chairman shall inquire as to whether the faculty member desires further mentorship.

1.3        After review of the record, recommendation for or against mandatory tenure and recommendation to promote shall be initiated by the Chairman.

1.4        The Chairman’s recommendation and the faculty member’s file are to be forwarded to the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Promotion and Tenure Committee for review.

1.5        After review, the Promotion and Tenure Committee shall forward their written evaluations and recommendations to the Chairman.

1.6        Faculty members shall be immediately informed by their Chairman of the Chairman’s and the Departmental Committee for Promotion and Tenure recommendations.

1.7        Any faculty member who disagrees with the recommendations of the Chairman and/or Departmental Committee on Promotion and Tenure has the right to a hearing at the Departmental level and/or may appeal this recommendation:

1.7.1              Direct to the Divisional Committee on Promotion and Tenure or,

1.7.2              Direct to the Office of the Dean.


2.         Promotion and Tenure Committee

 

2.1        A rotating three member Promotion and Tenure Committee will be elected from the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery tenured faculty.  The committee will be composed of one full professor, one associate professor with at least 3 years of service at this rank, and one at-large member.  Members of the College Promotion and Tenure Committee are ineligible.  If no eligible full professors or associate professors are available, members may be elected at large to fill vacancies on this committee.

 

3.         Tenure Criteria and Standards

 

3.1        An individual recommended for tenure must have demonstrated competency in teaching, research/creative work and service.

3.1.1              Teaching ability may be demonstrated through activities in the classroom, laboratory, clinic and patient care.

3.1.2         Guidance of graduate and postdoctoral students and residents is to be considered.

3.2        The standard of performance as a teacher should be determined from student attitude surveys, peer and resident attitude surveys and/or attitude surveys from MU CE/Continuing Education courses.

3.3        Faculty members should be evaluated by the students at least two times per year. The Section Head with consultation from faculty members will determine when the evaluations will be performed.

3.4        The teaching performance will be based on the general rating of the teacher and considered satisfactory if the faculty member’s score is at least 2.0 (good) on the student, peer, and CE attitude surveys (based on a 4-point system).

3.5        When appropriate, demonstrated excellence in the areas of Extension and/or CE may be substituted for teaching of students.

3.6        Research/creative work is important.  This can be documented by the following criteria:

3.6.1              Publications in refereed professional journals.

3.6.2              Being a reviewer for scientific publications and/or government, technical, and industrial agencies.

3.6.3              Oral presentations at professional meetings.

3.6.4              Contributions to textbooks

3.6.5              Patents obtained for MU

3.6.6              Publications in non-refereed journals. These publications are not weighed to the same degree as 3.6.1 to 3.6.5.

3.7        Comments and opinions from persons outside the University of Missouri regarding faculty member’s work shall be included.

3.8        Service, although a necessary adjunct, is insufficient in itself for tenure and/or promotion.  Service in this Department should be defined as:

3.8.1              Department, divisional and Campus committee work and administration duties.

3.8.2              Participation in professional organization and groups at the local, state and/or federal levels.


4.         Promotion

 

4.1        Appointment or promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor requires a potential to achieve promotion and tenure.

4.2        Appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor requires performance as a teacher, researcher and/or creative scientist.  The performance will be evaluated on the same basis as for tenure as outlined in sections 3.1 to 3.8.

4.3        Appointment for promotion to the rank of Professor requires performance as teacher, researcher and/or creative scientist.  The performance will be evaluated on the same basis as for tenure as outlined in sections 3.1 to 3.8.

4.3.1     The Candidate shall be recognized as an authority in his/her field of specialization and is an accomplished professional and scholar judged by associates and students.  A recognized authority is determined by his/her scientific contributions (i.e., publications, professional presentations, scientific review activities and/or service to the University of Missouri).

 

5.         Faculty Member’s Promotion Tenure File

 

5.1        Faculty members bear the primary responsibility for providing the Chairman with documentation of academic performance.

5.2        The files must contain the minimal contents specified in the College Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure.


6.         Amendment of Departmental Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

 

6.1        Motions to amend this document must be made and seconded by regular faculty members at a regularly-scheduled department faculty meeting.

6.2        Such amendments must then be circulated to all regular faculty members by the Chair of the Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee in advance of the next regularly-scheduled departmental meeting, where they will again be discussed.

6.3        Within 2 weeks of this second departmental meeting, the Chairman of the Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee must circulate a mail ballot to all regular faculty members.

6.4        Amendments must be approved by a majority of faculty members who return their ballots to the Chair of the Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee by the conclusion of the next regularly-scheduled departmental faculty meeting.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Promotion and Tenure Guidelines comply with current College and Provost Promotion and Tenure Guidelines and University of Missouri Executive Order 6A regarding Faculty-Wide Vote on promotion and tenure recommendations.

 

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