Guidelines for Advancement Under the Step Plus System - Academic Senate Titles - Lecturer SOE Series

These are interim guidelines.  Final guidelines will be established after formal Academic Senate review. These guidelines apply  to the Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE) and Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLSOE) series.

General Principles

In formulating our criteria for recommending larger-than-normal advancements, we should aim to strike a balance between concreteness and flexibility. Our goal should be to clarify the criteria for accelerations without tying our hands to quantitative assessments that understate or overstate the total contributions of candidates.

Note: In this document, a “step” is equivalent to a normal merit advancement. UC Davis has historically employed a “shadow step” system for the Lecturer with Security of Employment series, similar to that for other Academic Senate series, but our campus is now transitioning to the systemwide table of LSOE/SLSOE salary levels used by all other UC campuses. Some current faculty within the LSOE series may elect to remain on the legacy UC Davis shadow scale and its familiar steps, but most current LSOE faculty and all new LSOE appointees will be advanced according to salary increments on the systemwide table. Step Plus accelerations of 1.5 and 2.0 steps will be defined proportionally in terms of the appropriate number of salary increments associated with a regular merit at each step.

Normal, One-Step Advancement

All members of the Academic Senate are eligible for regular advancement at scheduled intervals. A balanced record, appropriate for rank and step, with evidence of good accomplishments in all areas of review is rewarded with normal advancement. All Academic Senate faculty can expect to advance at normal rates, unless a major flaw in their performance is evident. Service duties are expected to increase as faculty advance in rank and step.

One-and-One Half Step Advancement

A larger-than-normal 1.5 step advancement requires, in addition to excellent, highly effective teaching, a strong record with outstanding achievement in at least one area of review across teaching, professional achievement and activity, and university and public service. However, outstanding achievement in one area may not qualify the candidate for 1.5-step advancement if performance in another area does not meet UC Davis standards. 

Chairs and Deans should be encouraged to articulate and comment on in the departmental and Dean's letters the grounds for acceleration beyond simple numerical tabulations of courses taught, summary course evaluations, editions of textbooks, and committee service; for example, by describing the special impact or quality of the work, the awarding of prizes for teaching or other achievement, or the scale and scope of the undertaking. Outstanding professional achievement might be demonstrated by substantial pedagogical or curricular innovation. Evidence for outstanding professional activity might include unusual levels of research and publication on pedagogy or in the candidate’s field as related to pedagogy.  Outstanding service may consist of leadership beyond normal service obligations, regularly assigned administrative duties, or public service.

Two Step Advancement

A two-step advancement will require, in addition to excellent, highly effective teaching, a strong record with outstanding achievement in at least two of the areas cited above. Two-step advancement requests will go to CAP for review and the Vice Provost– Academic Affairs for decision. The two-step advancement should be considered for individuals who would have accelerated every year under the previous system to avoid disadvantage over the step-plus system.

Advancements Beyond Two Steps

An advancement beyond 2.0 steps is expected to be extremely rare, and will go to CAP for review and the Vice Provost- Academic Affairs for decision, if proposed. These advancements will require an exceptionally strong and balanced record, highlighted by extraordinary levels of achievement in two areas (including teaching), and excellent contributions in the third area.

Larger-Than-Normal Above Scale Advancements

Only Senior Lecturers SOE are eligible for Above-scale salaries, and the criteria for merit increases are steep at this high rank. Normal, 1.0-step advancement requires continued performance in all areas at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment. One and one-half step advancement requires performance in all areas that is commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Senior Lecturer SOE, accompanied by outstanding achievement in one area. Two-step advancement requires continued performance in all areas at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Senior Lecturer SOE, accompanied by outstanding achievements in two additional areas, at least one of which will be teaching and student learning. All actions at Above Scale will go to CAP for review and the Vice Provost- Academic Affairs for decision.