2.10 Specific Criteria for Appointment, Promotion, and Award of Tenure
The university policies and the departmental, school, and/or library policies shall be used in evaluating faculty members for appointment, promotion, and award of tenure. However, the departmental, school, and/or library policies may not be less stringent than, or be inconsistent with, the UAB-wide policies contained herein.
Faculty appointment, promotion, and award of tenure are based on a faculty member’s training, experience, and activities, as well as the potential for continued growth, in the areas of (1) teaching; (2) scholarly activities, including research and other creative activities; and (3) service. In the case of non-tenure-earning faculty, the requirement for demonstrated proficiency in one, two, or all three areas, as specified in the policies of the department, school, or library, shall apply to appointment and promotion. Candidates shall prepare appointment, promotion, and tenure award support materials as prescribed by the Provost.
An individual will be judged by the criteria outlined in this Handbook in proportion to their relative importance to each academic rank, to the type of appointment held by the faculty member, and to the program priorities of the appointing unit. Each faculty member shall be evaluated in these areas by colleagues at UAB, as well as by a minimum of three reviewers outside of the institution qualified to review the faculty member’s qualifications. In the area of teaching, student evaluation also should be solicited.
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2.10.1 Effectiveness as a Teacher
Effectiveness as a teacher can be demonstrated by a review of the following considerations: the individual’s knowledge of a subject field, including current developments in that field, and the ability to develop effective curriculum materials, to organize and effectively present course work, to motivate student interest and participation, and to contribute significantly to the academic progress of students.
2.10.2 Effectiveness in Scholarly Activities
Although scholarly work takes many forms, including design, basic and applied research, and other creative activities, a faculty member’s effectiveness can be demonstrated by such achievements as publications, fine arts creations, personal presentations of formal papers, artistic performances, patents, and the like. The quality of the individual’s scholarly approach, capacity for independent thought, originality, and products of scholarship must be addressed.
2.10.3 Effectiveness in Service Activities
Service functions can be those performed for UAB, the Birmingham community, the state of Alabama, and regional, national, or international groups. Service may include such activities as (1) participation in committee work, (2) fulfillment of administrative assignments, (3) contributions to the improvement of student and faculty life, (4) faculty consultation within or outside UAB, and (5) professional service.
2.10.4 Effectiveness as a Librarian
Effectiveness as a Librarian should be demonstrated by a high level of performance within an area of specialization. Components of professional performance include creativity, initiative, and competence in problem solving as well as the integration of theory into planning and practice. Librarians must exhibit a comprehension of the library as a total system, as well as an ability to work cooperatively with patrons and staff.