Guidelines for Advancements Under the Step Plus System – Academic Senate Titles – Professor and Professor in Residence Series

These are interim guidelines.  Final guidelines will be established after formal Academic Senate review. These guidelines apply to the Professor, Professor in Residence, and Acting Professor of Law 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 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 a strong record with outstanding achievement in at least one area of review across research or creative work, teaching, 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 be encouraged to articulate 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 two-step advancement will require a strong record in all three areas of review, with outstanding performance in at least two areas. In most cases, one of those areas will be scholarly and creative activity, however, exceptional performance in two other areas (teaching, University and public service, professional competence and activities) might warrant such unusual advancement. 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 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 two areas (including research and creative activity), and excellent contributions in the third area.

Larger-than-normal Above Scale Advancements

The criteria for merit increases are steep at this high rank. Normal, 1.0-step advancement requires continued performance at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor. One and one-half step advancement requires continued performance at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor, accompanied by outstanding achievement in one area. Two-step advancement requires continued performance at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor, accompanied by outstanding achievements in two areas. In most cases, one of those areas will be scholarly and creative activity, however, exceptional performance in two other areas (teaching, University and public service, professional competence and activities) might warrant such unusual advancement. All Above Scale advancement requests will go to CAP for review and the Vice Provost- Academic Affairs for decision.