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Chapter 2. Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion - Part II

Procedures Related to Appointments, Tenure and Promotion (ATP)

ATP Timeline for the Current Year

The Faculty Senate Committee on Appointments, Tenure and Promotion Standards looks upon its assignment as the most important task confronting any committee on campus - the identification of those persons who will be invited to spend the remainder of their professional careers as faculty members of the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a university can be no better than its faculty. In its deliberations and recommendations, the ATP Committee will establish levels of expected performance in teaching, research, and service for the tenured faculty of this campus. The committee has available the means to reach for high quality or to tolerate the growth of mediocrity. Its intention is to strive for quality

Departmental ATP Guidelines

Faculty Responsibility: Tenure track faculty should acquire a copy of their department or division (unit) ATP Guidelines, familiarize themselves with the document, and file it for reference. Up-to-date unit ATP Guidelines are available in the Unit, the Dean's office, and the Office of Academic Affairs. Unit ATP Guidelines are subject to annual revision. Unit ATP Guidelines must be consistent with University of Missouri-St. Louis Guidelines.

To assist the Senate ATP Committee in determining the appropriate levels and quality of performance for persons nominated for tenure and/or promotion, each department or school shall submit its guidelines indicating the expected performance in each of the three areas together with a careful delineation of how these expectations will differ by rank.

Because differences among disciplines may suggest varying criteria, departmental guidelines should include explanation of four patterns of expected performance and guidelines for evaluation in a given discipline written to help those evaluators who are not familiar with that discipline and who tend to view them in the light of their own experience. For example, some disciplines stress articles, while others consider books essential, and in others, some combination of books and articles is standard. How are textbooks, "how to" publications, pedagogical studies, etc., treated? Some disciplines, such as in the performing or studio arts; theater, dance and media arts, are concerned with things that differ greatly from the usual books and articles. These units must specify clearly how scholarly and creative works are to be evaluated. As any given discipline departs more and more from what is regarded as standard, more explanation is needed. These guidelines must be submitted to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the fall term of every academic year (generally in November). They must also be made available to all faculty members in the appropriate college, school, or department.

The department and/or college statements shall not be regarded as establishing university criteria for tenure and/or promotion or conferring the right to determine tenure and/or promotion to the department or school for its faculty members or construed as limiting the Senate ATP Committee's responsibility throughout the campus.

ATP policies are updated regularly, and Unit Guidelines are reviewed annually. Faculty are invited to provide their recommendations for change through normal unit and Senate decision processes. For input on the campus ATP policies and practices, faculty should contact a faculty senator. Alternatively, the Chair of the ATP Committee may be contacted.

ATP Procedures, Terms, and Clocks


Normally the maximum length of service in the rank of instructor is seven years. A person hired for the position of Assistant Professor but appointed as an instructor pending the completion of the terminal degree is expected to complete the degree within one year and is usually promoted automatically to the rank of Assistant Professor at the beginning of the term following the completion of the terminal degree. If for any reason an instructor is proposed for promotion, or if he/she is recommended for tenure, a recommendation should be made to the committee through the usual channels. While such recommendations will be considered, the committee can act favorably only in exceptional circumstances in which the nominee is outstanding and his/her position in the department is clearly defined.

Assistant Professor

Must be considered for tenure and promotion not later than their sixth year of full-time academic service or the sixth year of creditable service toward tenure. Unless tenure is granted, a terminal contract must be issued no later than the sixth year. Assistant Professors with meritorious records as teachers and scholars may be considered for tenure and/or promotion at an earlier date as determined by their academic home department. Proposals made before the sixth year must include evidence of exceptional performance and productivity. A recommendation for promotion to Associate Professor, and for the awarding of tenure, will usually be made at the same time. Only in unusual circumstances will the committee recommend granting tenure to an Assistant Professor without promotion or recommend promotion to Associate Professor without tenure. Candidates for early consideration who are not successful may continue in their tenure-track position and may undergo a subsequent review for tenure and/or promotion during their sixth year without impunity.

Associate Professor

There is no limit to the length of time a tenured faculty member may spend in rank as an Associate Professor. Since the rank of Professor is the highest academic rank that the university can award to a faculty member, it is awarded only to those who have made outstanding contributions in publication, teaching, and service. Thus the evidence in support of a recommendation for promotion to Professor from Associate Professor must be significantly stronger, quantitatively and qualitatively, than that required for the Assistant Professor who is recommended for promotion. For Associate Professors without tenure, a recommendation for tenure must be made no later than the fourth year in rank, including all credit for prior full-time academic service, unless a terminal contract is to be issued.


Initial appointments at the rank of Professor on continuous appointment must be submitted to the committee through the usual channels.

Mentoring Program

Junior Faculty: The University of Missouri-St. Louis has no formal policy on mentoring, and faculty members are not required by policy to perform this duty. However, many of the colleges on campus have encouraged their units to adopt a mentoring program as an effective means to promote scholarly growth and academic career development of junior faculty. Many of the colleges on campus have encouraged their units to adopt a mentoring program.

Mentoring Resources

Mentoring is a two-way endeavor that requires mutual effort on the part of a junior faculty member and her/his senior faculty mentor. The mentoring relationship requires confidence and trust between a junior and senior faculty member. Junior faculty are strongly encouraged to seek out such a relationship with a senior faculty member, and senior faculty are encouraged to assist in the mentoring process either by assuming a mentor role or by referring juniors to other senior faculty who would be more appropriate for them. Mentoring need not be a formal process, though mutual commitment is required. It is essential that junior faculty feel free to seek additional mentorship when useful and to adopt a new senior mentor when, for any reason, the relationship ceases to be effective.

Academic Freedom and Economic Security of Faculty
The University of Missouri has in place a policy to protect academic freedom and the economic security of its faculty, Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.010.

Post-Tenure Review
Policy on Post-Tenure Review

The University of Missouri has in place a policy to protect academic freedom and the economic security of its faculty, Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.010.

Other Policies Relevant to Faculty
All faculty at UMSL are held responsible for compliance to all campus policies as listed on the Academic Affairs Web site in addition to those policies listed in the UM Business Policy Manual , the Human Resources Policy Manual, and the Collected Rules and Regulations of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri.

Equal Opportunity:
The Collected Rules and Regulations state, "Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam era veteran, (Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 320.010). See also the Human Resources policy, HR 102.

Candidates with Disabilities
Disability policies may be found in the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 320.010) and in the Human Resources Policy Manual, HR 102.

Maintaining a Positive Work & Learning Environment

The University of Missouri is committed to providing a positive work and learning environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of their status. Intimidation and harassment have no place in a university community. To honor the dignity and inherent worth of every individual student, employee, or applicant for employment or admission is a goal to which every member of the University community should aspire and to which officials of the University should direct attention and resources (HR 119).

Confidentiality of Personnel Files:

The UM policy on employee information privacy and the conditions under which personnel files may be accessed are in the HRPM, HR 114.

Non-renewal of a Regular Term Appointment

Communication Concerning Non-renewal or Terminal Appointments:

The Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.020.F.1, state: "When an appointee on regular term appointment is not recommended for reappointment, notice to that effect shall be given in writing to such appointee by an appropriate administrative officer in accordance with Section 310.070 by the deadline dates specified in Section 310.020 F.2.

Appeals of Non-renewal and Non-promotion Decisions: As spelled out in the Collected Rules and Regulation, Section 310.020.F.3.a-c, faculty who have been notified of non-renewal or a terminal appointments have the right of appeal, to be filed under the Faculty Grievance Procedures, Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 370.010