The purpose of a College level of review for promotion of full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty is to apply criteria related to the College mission and standards and to ensure that criteria are applied evenly across Divisions. Thus, the College review will bring broad faculty and administrative judgment to bear and will also monitor general standards of quality and equity of academic unit policies and procedures. It is at the academic unit level that specific expectations and standards are given and evaluated.
Each committee shall consist of five members elected from the Altoona College full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty as follows:
- One member elected from the Division of Arts and Humanities;
- One member elected from the Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences & Technology;
- One member elected from the Division of Education, Human Development and Social Sciences;
- One member elected from the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences; and,
- One member elected at-large.
Each division with an open seat will provide at least two candidates for a college-wide election in which the full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty will vote for one person from each division. The candidate in each division receiving the greatest number of votes will be the division representative. A separate election will be conducted for an open at-large seat, for which each division will provide at least one candidate, and the candidate receiving the most votes will be the at-large member. This election should be conducted only after results from any division seat elections have been made public. This will allow all potential candidates, including those remaining from division seat elections, to run for the at-large seat. Only full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty members are eligible to vote.
The term of committee members will be two years. Terms shall be staggered so that half of the committee is elected each year. In the first year, half of the terms will be for one year. After each term, members are eligible for re-election.
In the case of ties for division members, the division will be responsible for resolving the tie. Ties for the at-large member and replacements for elected members who become unable to serve will be decided by a vote of the full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty. Should a tie remain after this vote, the Chancellor will select the at-large member or replacement from the remaining candidates.
The Chair of the Faculty Senate shall be responsible for ensuring that the election of these committees is completed by the end of the second week in April.
Each committee will select its own chair.
Any Altoona College full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty member holding a second rank (Assistant Teaching Professor for faculty without a terminal degree or Associate Teaching Professor for faculty with terminal degree) or higher is eligible to serve on the Altoona College Fixed-Term Promotion Review Committee.
Only faculty of higher rank than the candidate should make recommendations about promotions. However, should there be an insufficient number of higher-ranked fixed-term or standing nontenure-line faculty to serve on the Fixed-Term Promotion Review Committee, exceptions to this provision may be requested from the Executive Vice President and Provost. The Altoona Senate Faculty Affairs Committee shall be responsible for making recommendations on how to deal with exceptions for a cycle of three years. Once approved by the Altoona Senate, recommendations will be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The Altoona College Fixed-Term Promotion Review Committees shall be responsible for conducting the college-level review of all full-time, fixed-term, or standing non-tenure-line faculty seeking promotion at the Altoona College.
Approved by the Altoona College Faculty Senate on October 24, 2017
Approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on October 30, 2017
Approved by the Chancellor and Dean on October 30, 2017
Approved by the Altoona College Faculty Senate on September 19, 2017
Approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on September 20, 2017
Approved by the Chancellor and Dean on September 22, 2017