Guidelines for Advancement Under the Step Plus System for the Health Sciences Clinical Professor Series

These are interim guidelines.

General Principles

These Guidelines are based on the criteria for evaluation in the HSCP series (APM 278-10) and the Instructions to Review Committees Which Advise on Actions Concerning the Health Sciences Clinical Professor series (APM 210-6). In formulating our criteria for recommending greater-than-normal advancements, we aim to strike a balance between concreteness and flexibility. Our goal is to clarify the criteria for accelerations without adopting rigid quantitative assessments that understate or overstate the total contributions of candidates.

One-Step Advancement

All faculty appointed in HSCP are eligible for regular advancement for rank and step at scheduled intervals. A balanced record, appropriate for rank and step, with evidence of good achievement in all areas of responsibility, is rewarded with normal advancement. Health

Sciences Clinical Professor series faculty engage in (1) teaching, (2) professional competence and activity, (3) scholarly or creative activity, and (4) university and public service.  Scholarly or creative activities and service derive from and support the appointee’s primary responsibilities in clinical teaching and professional activities. These areas shall be appropriately weighted and broadly defined to take into account the primary emphasis on clinical teaching and patient care services. HSCP faculty can expect to advance at normal rates unless a major deficiency in their performance is evident. Appointees in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor series shall be evaluated in relation to the nature and time commitments of their University assignments. Growth and accomplishment in the appointee’s area of expertise is expected to increase as faculty advance in rank and step.

One-and-One-Half-Step Advancement

For HSCP faculty, a larger-than-normal, 1.5-step advancement requires a strong record in all categories of responsibility for that series with outstanding achievement in at least one area among: (1) teaching, (2) professional competence and activity, (3) scholarly or creative activity, and (4) university and public service. Outstanding achievement may be defined using a variety of methods. For performance in any area to be deemed outstanding, the candidate’s dossier must demonstrate how the achievements exceed usual expectations. However, outstanding achievement in one area will 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 advancement beyond simple numerical tabulations by, for example, 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 areas of responsibility, with outstanding performance in at least two areas, as well as publications, presentations or other appropriate documentation demonstrating that innovations (e.g., new curricula) have been adopted outside the institution. Two-step advancement requests in the HSCP series will go to the School Faculty Personnel Committee for review and to the Dean for final decision.

Advancements Beyond Two-Steps

An advancement beyond 2.0 steps is expected to be extremely rare. For HSCP faculty such cases will go to the Faculty Personnel Committee for review and to the Dean for final decision. These advancements will require an exceptionally strong and balanced record, highlighted by extraordinary levels of achievement in extending the application of knowledge and information, as well as creative activity and excellent contributions in university and public service, and professional competence.

Larger-than-normal Above Scale Increments

The criteria for merit increases are extremely steep at this high rank. Above scale status is reserved only for the most highly distinguished faculty (1) whose work of sustained and continuing excellence has attained at least national recognition and broad acclaim reflective of its significant impact; (2) whose University teaching performance is excellent; and (3) whose service is highly meritorious. Advancements of 1.5 steps require an exceptionally strong record of excellence in all areas of review. HSCP actions at Above Scale will go to the School FPC for review, and to the Dean for final decision.