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411 Professional Track, Non-Tenure Promotion

Drafted & recommended by Ad Hoc Committee, December 2, 2004;

Modifications added by the Academic Deans, December 13, 2004;

Modifications added by the Faculty Senate, January 13, 2005;

Modifications added and approved by Provost & President, January 20, 2005;

Approved by Board of Trustees, January 31, 2005.

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK FACULTY DEFINITION & QUALIFICATIONS

2. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK FACULTY DUE PROCESS

3. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK PROMOTION COMMITTEE

4. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK PROMOTION PROCESS

5. PROCESS FOR APPEAL

6. PROCESS FOR CHANGING THIS POLICY

1. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK FACULTY DEFINITION & QUALIFICATIONS

1.1  Professional-track faculty are non-tenure-track members of the Snow College faculty.

1.2  Professional-track faculty will be expected to be academically and professionally qualified for the

discipline in which they teach. A minimum of an associate degree and journeyman status (or equivalent) is

required for faculty members in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division. A minimum of a

baccalaureate degree is required for faculty members in all other divisions. Exceptionally qualified

candidates without the above minimum requirements may be hired on a one-year contractual basis with the

approval of the appropriate division Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President of the

College.

1.3 The journeyman equivalent requires four years of full-time related work experience in the occupational

area taught by the instructor. All of the work experience must have been within six years of the date of hire

to teach at Snow and should have been a part of a progressive, rigorous learning program, or (2)

documentation showing that the instructor has passed a recognized industry standard examination or stateapproved

competency examination at or above the established cut-off scores.

2. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK FACULTY DUE PROCESS

2.1  All professional-track faculty members will be governed and protected by Snow College policies 15.1:

Faculty Professional Responsibility & Standards of Conduct, 15.2: Academic Due Process: Sanctions and

Hearing Procedures, and 15.3: Academic Due Process: Grievances.

3. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK PROMOTION COMMITTEE

3.1  The Professional-track Promotion Committee is a committee of the Faculty Senate and consists of at

least six (6) voting members. The Professional-track Promotion Committee will make recommendations

regarding professional faculty promotion and professional leave to the appropriate Division Dean and Vice

President for Academic Affairs, who recommends to the President.

3.2  The makeup of the Committee will be as follows: One faculty member will come from each division

wherein professional-track faculty members reside. A representative of the Faculty Senate will sit on this

Committee as a voting member. At least half of the members of the Professional-track Promotion

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 Committee will be professional-track faculty members. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and the

Executive Vice President will sit on this Committee as non-voting members. After one representative from

each division with professional-track faculty is assigned, the remaining seats will be apportioned based on

the number of professional-track faculty members in each division. Decisions regarding these remaining

seats will be the responsibility of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Voting committee members will

serve two-year staggered terms.

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4. PROFESSIONAL-TRACK PROMOTION PROCESS

4.1  Only professional-track faculty members are eligible for professional faculty promotion. The

professional faculty promotion program consists of six levels. Promotion between levels cannot occur in

less than two years. Professional faculty promotion is based on individual excellence and/or significant

improvement in (a) teaching; (b) scholarly, creative, and professional development; and (c) institutional,

professional and community service. No promotion will be awarded if the candidate does not demonstrate

excellence and/or sufficient improvement in teaching and service. Sufficient improvement and excellence

in teaching and service are determined by the informed professional judgment of the Committee.

Formal academic credits are awarded 1.5 points at the graduate level and 1.0 points at the undergraduate

level. Professional development units (PDUs) are identified by the faculty member in cooperation with the

appropriate Division Dean and are pre-approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the

Professional-track Promotion Committee. One (1) PDU is granted one (1) point upon completion of 45

hours of documented effort in professional development activities that lead to specific outcomes (e.g.

certifications, licensures, academic degrees) and that are deemed to be of benefit to the institution and the

individual. Ten (10) points are granted for each year of full-time successful teaching (up to a limit of 20

years). A minimum number of combined professional development and teaching experience points

(cumulative) are required for each level of promotion as shown in the following chart:

4.2  The Professional-track Promotion Committee will utilize faculty development plans for pre-approval

and final approval of each level of promotion. When reviewing the faculty development plans, the

Committee will consider (a) excellence in teaching, e.g. dean, peer, self, and student evaluations; (b)

professional development, e.g. technical and disciplinary conferences, academic courses, certificates and

licensures; and (c) institutional, professional, and community service, e.g. professional associations,

participation on committees, special assignments, and community service.

4.3  Each of the members of the Committee will have one vote on motions made by committee members. A

motion is passed by a simple majority of the total voting membership of the Committee.

4.4  Professional-track faculty members who qualify will be reviewed for professional faculty promotion no

sooner than their fourth semester of service since their hire or their last promotion. The actual promotion

does not become effective until the following year of teaching.

5. PROCESS FOR APPEAL

5.1.  Snow College is committed to the concept of due process and its value in protecting individual rights.

If a member of the faculty feels that the established process of evaluation for professional faculty

promotion was not followed, an appeal to the Faculty Senate is appropriate. At the same time faculty

members realize that the decisions made by this Committee are recommendations to the Vice President for

Academic Affairs and the President of the College.

LEVEL EVIDENCE OF

TEACHING

EXCELLENCE

TOTAL Credit/PDU &

EXPERIENCE PTS

NEEDED

EVIDENCE OF

SERVICE

EXCELLENCE

 Level 1 Yes 32 Yes

Level 2 Yes 68 Yes

Level 3 Yes 108 Yes

Level 4 Yes 152 Yes

Level 5 Yes 200 Yes

Level 6 Yes 252 Yes

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5.2.  The Faculty Senate will review the case to determine if established procedures were followed. If in the

judgment of the Faculty Senate the procedure was flawed such that there is a reasonable probability that the

decision was affected, then one of two possible courses of action is appropriate at the discretion of the

Faculty Senate.

5.2.1.  The Faculty Senate may send the case back to the Professional-track Promotion Committee with

specific recommendations as to how the procedure should be corrected. The Professional-track Promotion

Committee will then review the case again as if a new case.

5.2.2.  The Faculty Senate may convene a special review committee to reconsider the case and make a

recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President. The review committee will

be comprised of five professional-track faculty randomly selected from a pool comprised of all

professional-track faculty who do not declare a conflict of interest in the case before the random selections

are made.

5.2.3.  In addition to an opportunity for faculty to declare a conflict of interest prior to the random drawing,

the candidate may also disqualify any two faculty members without cause or prejudice prior to the random

selection.

5.2.4.  The decision of the review committee constitutes the final recommendation of the faculty to the Vice

President for Academic Affairs and the President and may not be appealed to the Faculty Senate.

6. PROCESS FOR CHANGING THIS DOCUMENT

6.1  Changes to this document may be recommended by the Professional-track Promotion Committee to the

Faculty Senate. Changes approved by the Faculty Senate and deemed by the Faculty Senate to be minor in

nature will be implemented by the Professional-track Promotion Committee. Changes deemed to be

substantive in nature will be submitted by the Faculty Senate to the professional-track faculty-at-large for

approval.