P22: Fixed-Term Faculty Promotion Requirements for Academic Unit Bylaws

Effective Date: July 11, 2014

Revision Date: October 9, 2019

Arizona State University requires academic unit and college bylaws to include information regarding fixed-term faculty member promotions. If an academic unit has fixed-term faculty members, no promotions for fixed-term faculty members will be considered from a unit that does not have promotion requirements approved by the university provost. The promotion criteria must be included as part of the promotion package.

Some fixed-term (year-to-year and multiple-year) faculty members are eligible for promotion.

Written policies/procedures or bylaws, approved by the faculty, reviewed by the dean and approved by the provost of the university, should include:

  1. unit mission statement and objectives, i.e., the context within which the faculty member’s contributions can be measured
  2. definition of the categories of the faculty member’s work to be evaluated, i.e., position effectiveness; professional contributions; and institutional, professional, and community service
  3. criteria for the evaluation of work
  4. explanation of how cases of joint and/or affiliated appointments will be evaluated, e.g., inclusion of evaluative comments from affiliated departments
  5. types of evidence/file contents to be submitted by candidates under review (see P6, “Fixed-Term Faculty Promotion Process Guide”)
  6. compliance with university and Board of Regents policies and procedures

For more information, see ACD 506-05, "Faculty Promotion" and ACD 505-02, “Faculty Membership, Appointment Categories, Ranks, and Titles.”