P & T Guidelines: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Department of Communication and Media Studies

Plymouth State University

Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to offer the Department of Communication and Media Studies’ discipline-specific perspectives on topics discussed in the faculty handbook, as they pertain to tenure and promotion expectations with regard to the specific areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. Guidelines as to what evidence must be provided to promotion and tenure committees with regard to each of these three areas are also included.

As a candidate seeks tenure and promotion from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years, of excellence in teaching; ongoing scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, annual publications and conference presentations that have received positive external and/or peer review at the regional, national, and/or international levels; and a record of collegial and meaningful service provided to the department and our university.

As a candidate seeks promotion from the rank of associate professor to full professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years from the time of his or her promotion to the rank of associate professor, of continued excellence in teaching; continual scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, annual publications and conference presentations that demonstrate noteworthy accomplishment in his or her field at the national and/or international levels and enhance the academic reputation of our university; and a record of continued collegial and meaningful service provided to the department and our university.

In accordance with current university policy, these promotion and tenure guidelines, established initially in November 2005 in consultation with the provost/vice president for academic affairs, will be reviewed and revised (as necessary) at least every five years.

Teaching

Guidelines About Expectations for Teaching (in addition to those offered in the faculty handbook):

Instructors are expected to be very competent and effective teachers. Accordingly, accomplishments in scholarly/professional activity and/or service cannot outweigh any serious deficiencies in one’s teaching abilities.

Teaching must be learner-centered, with students functioning as active participants in the creation of knowledge and courses being designed to include adequate rigor.

Instructors must possess adequate expertise in the subject areas they teach and must seek out and incorporate additional materials into their courses (as necessary) in order to keep course content and methodologies up to date and of relevance to the lives and educational goals of their students.

Instructors must design their courses and class meetings to achieve specific objectives and learning outcomes.

Instructors must ensure that all course assignments are clear and specific, are relevant to the stated course learning goals, and include adequate and appropriate criteria by which student submissions will be evaluated.

Instructors are required to hold all classes, including those of finals week, in accordance with our university’s established credit-to-contact-hour ratio and to meet for the entire class meeting time.

The department requires minimum average (mean) scores of 4.00 and higher on criteria #1-6 and #8-9 of our current, departmentally standardized course evaluation questionnaire — and a minimum average (mean) score of 3.00 and higher on criterion #7 — to indicate student satisfaction with the performance factors being assessed by each of those criteria as well as an acceptable level of instructor performance in those areas.

Guidelines as to What Evidence is Possible to Demonstrate Excellence in Teaching:

Compiled Results of Student Course Evaluations

Annual Evaluation Letters from the Department Chair

Reports of Classroom Visits by the Department Chair

Reports of Classroom Visits by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (and/or his or

her designee)

Reports of Classroom Visits by Other Departmental or University Colleagues with Relevant

Expertise

Annual Faculty Reports

Comprehensive Self-Evaluation by the Faculty Member

Teaching Materials such as Sample Syllabi, Assignments, Tests, etc.

Evidence of Noteworthy Innovation in Pedagogy and/or Class Materials

Evidence of Success in Advising

Evidence of Student Success or Exemplary Student Work

Specific Information Pertaining to Teaching that Must be Included in the Promotion and Tenure Folder (Beyond the Application Itself):

Results of All Communication and Media Studies Student Course Evaluations from the Time of

Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

All Annual Evaluation Letters from the Department Chair from the Time of Initial Appointment

or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

All Reports of Classroom Visits by the Department Chair from the Time of Initial Appointment

or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

All Reports of Classroom Visits by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (and/or his

or her designee) from the Time of Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

Copies of All Annual Faculty Reports Prepared by the Candidate from the Time of Initial

Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)

Complete List of All PSU Communication and Media Studies Courses Taught from the Time of

Initial Appointment or Last Promotion (as appropriate)


Scholarship

Guidelines About Expectations for Scholarship (in addition to those offered in the faculty handbook):

As a general guideline (and at a minimum), faculty members in the Department of Communication and Media Studies are expected to publish at least one peer-reviewed/ competitively selected journal article or anthologized essay each year (as sole author or first author) and to present at least two conference papers each year (as sole author or first author). (Essays that are automatically included in conference proceedings do not fulfill this publication requirement, as they typically are not peer-reviewed or competitively selected.) Additional scholarly output and/or additional forms of scholarship, in addition to this minimum requirement, are desirable and strongly encouraged.

As a candidate seeks tenure and promotion from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years, of annual publications and conference presentations that have received positive external and/or peer review at the regional, national, and/or international levels. Such candidates should strive to achieve a meaningful and coherent research program and increase the prestige of his or her publication outlets as time progresses.

As a candidate seeks promotion from the rank of associate professor to full professor, he or she must demonstrate consistent evidence, gathered over several consecutive years from the time of his or her promotion to the rank of associate professor, of annual publications and conference presentations that demonstrate noteworthy accomplishment in his or her field at the national and/or international levels and enhance the academic reputation of our university. Such candidates are expected to have clearly established a meaningful and coherent research program. (Any candidate who feels that he or she has not adequately achieved this level of accomplishment is strongly encouraged to consider applying for promotion to full professor at a later time.)

Guidelines as to What Evidence is Possible to Demonstrate Successful Scholarship:

Published Academic Books Written by the Candidate

Published Academic Textbooks Written by the Candidate

Published Academic Books Edited by the Candidate

Published Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal Articles

Published Peer-Reviewed/Competitively Selected Academic Anthologized Essays

Published Peer-Reviewed/Competitively Selected Academic Book Chapters

Academic Conference Presentations at the Regional, National, and/or International Levels

Published Reviews in Refereed Journals

Ongoing Research Related to One’s Academic Area(s) of Specialization/Expertise

Research and/or Editing Activities Relevant to One’s Academic Area(s) of Specialization/

Expertise

Presentation of Research Findings at Campus Events or Workshops (e.g., Society for Scholarly

Dialogue Presentations, etc.)

Photocopies of Scholarship-Related Award Certificates

Copies of Submitted Grant Proposals

Copies of Scholarly Works in Progress (completed but not yet published or presented)

Specific Information Pertaining to Scholarship that Must be Included in the Promotion and Tenure Folder (Beyond the Application Itself):

Current and Complete Curriculum Vitae that Includes all Relevant Information Pertaining to

Academic Publications, Academic Conference Presentations, and Related Scholarship

Activities (with dates);

Photocopies of Cover, Table of Contents, and Sample Chapter(s) of Books/Textbooks Written by

the Candidate or Books Edited by the Candidate (if applicable)

Photocopies of Representative Sample Journal Articles, Anthologized Essays, and/or Book

Chapters

A Minimum of Seven Current Internal and External Letters of Support (at least three

internal/PSU and at least three external/non-PSU) that Assess the Quality and Impact of

the Candidate’s Accomplishments in Scholarship (exclusively and/or in relation to the

candidate’s related teaching and/or service accomplishments)

Service

Guidelines About Expectations for Service (in addition to those offered in the faculty handbook):

Substantial meaningful and collegial service to the department is essential each year, as is ongoing meaningful and collegial service to our university on an annual basis. The amount and quality of service is expected to increase at each rank. Additional types of service (e.g., to the profession, to the University System of New Hampshire, to the community, etc.) are desirable and encouraged.

Guidelines as to What Evidence is Possible to Demonstrate Successful Service:

Organizing, Attending, and/or Actively Participating in Departmental Activities and Events

Attending and Actively Participating in Faculty Meetings and Faculty Governance

Evidence of Meaningful Involvement in Departmental Planning/Curriculum Development

Evidence of Meaningful Contributions to Faculty Committees, Councils, and/or Task Forces

Serving in a Leadership Role in Professional/Scholarly Organizations (beyond simply being a

registered member)

Serving as an Active and Enthusiastic Advisor to Student Organizations, Clubs, and/or Groups

Actively Participating in Convocation, Commencements, and Other Important University Events

Actively Participating in University New-Student Orientation/Schedule Planning Sessions, Open

Houses, First-Class Sessions, etc.

Evidence of Consulting Activities in Your Area(s) of Professional Expertise

Evidence of Outreach Efforts that Enhance our University’s Image in the Community

Specific Information Pertaining to Service that Must be Included in the Promotion and Tenure Folder (Beyond the Application Itself):

Current and Complete Curriculum Vitae that Includes all Relevant Information Pertaining

to Service Activities (with dates);

Supporting Documentation of Meaningful Service Activities (as most relevant to the candidate’s

individual service accomplishments, such as promotional materials pertaining to events the candidate has organized, articles or press releases pertaining to the candidate’s service activities, letters from individuals with whom the candidate has served on committees or to whom the candidate has provided other meaningful forms of service, etc.)