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Fixed Term-Track Faculty Promotion Guidelines

This set of guidelines provides information for Fixed-Term-Track (FTT) faculty applicants for promotion as prescribed by the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP), chapter 2.50 “Fixed-Term-Track Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion” and for department review committees (DRCs), department chairs, and deans involved in the review process. These guidelines are reviewed annually and updated as needed by the Provost and Academic Affairs staff.

The process of faculty promotion is one of the most important activities undertaken by the university each year as it is one means by which the university upholds high standards and expectations for its faculty. It is the incumbent responsibility of all who are involved in the review process to read all applicable materials, deliberate the strengths and weaknesses of each case in good faith, independence, and with objectivity, and to observe confidentiality concerning the views of others, as revealed during review discussions. A respectful, thorough, and objective review of faculty depends upon the conscientious efforts of all participants in the review process.

UTSA’s process is intended to be as forthright and transparent as possible, and as such, guidance on the respective roles and responsibilities, processes, and criteria are provided here. Questions concerning the university’s procedures for Fixed Term-Track faculty promotion may be directed to Academic Affairs.

These guidelines are divided into sections:

Overview — a brief description of the timeline for review and the roles and responsibilities of each party at each stage of the process.
Preparation of the Promotion Packet — a listing of essential and optional elements to include in the promotion packet prepared by faculty applicants.
Principles Guiding Promotion — information about the criteria to be followed in reviewing promotion applications.
Review Process —an outline of the roles and responsibilities of the FRACs, department chairs, and deans in conducting the review.