Guidelines for Advancement Under the Step Plus System – Academic Senate Titles – Professor of Clin _ Series

These are interim guidelines.  Final guidelines will be established after formal Academic Senate review. These guidelines apply to the Professor of Clinical __ 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.

One-Step Advancement

All members of the faculty 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 Clinical __ faculty can expect to advance at normal rates, unless a major flaw in their performance is evident. Departmental, School, and Professional service duties are expected to increase as faculty advance in rank and step.

One-and-One-Half-Step Advancement

A 1.5-step advancement requires a strong record with outstanding achievement in at least one area of review across teaching, research or creative work, clinical (or clinical equivalent) competence, and 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 articulate and comment on in the departmental and Dean’s letters the grounds for acceleration beyond simple numerical tabulations of papers, citations, courses, and committees: for example, by describing the special impact or quality of the work, the awarding of prizes for achievement, or the scale and scope of the undertaking.

Two-Step Advancement

A 2-step advancement will require a strong record in all areas of review, with outstanding performance in at least two areas. In most cases, one of those areas will be teaching or clinical (or clinical equivalent) competence, however, exceptional performance in the two other areas (University and public service, research or creative work) will also warrant such unusual advancement. Chairs and Deans should articulate and comment on in the departmental and Dean’s letters the grounds for acceleration beyond simple numerical tabulations of papers, citations, courses, and committees: for example, by describing the special impact or quality of the work, the awarding of prizes for achievement, or the scale and scope of the undertaking. 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 been eligible for multi-year acceleration under the previous system to avoid disadvantage over progress under 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 at least two of the areas under review, and excellent contributions in the other areas. Chairs and Deans should articulate and comment on in the departmental and Dean’s letters the grounds for acceleration beyond simple numerical tabulations of papers, citations, courses, and committees: for example, by describing the special impact or quality of the work, the awarding of prizes for achievement, or the scale and scope of the undertaking.

Larger-Than-One-Step Above-Scale Advancements

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 Professor of Clinical __. One and one-half step advancement requires continued performance in all areas at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor of Clinical __, 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 Professor of Clinical __, accompanied by outstanding achievement in two areas, at least one of which will be teaching or clinical performance. All Above Scale advancement requests will go to CAP for review and the Vice Provost- Academic Affairs for decision.