Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Appointment, Evaluation and Promotion

Professional Practice (Non Tenure-Track) Faculty

1. Mission

1.1 The mission of the School of Journalism is to advance the profession of journalism, as explicated in the Mission Statement for the School of Journalism. The school educates people for the profession by guiding them in the acquisition of a broad liberal education, by providing them the techniques and skills necessary to practice the profession and by instilling a critical understanding of journalism’s principles and traditions. The faculty of the school are to be dedicated to advancing the profession through research and scholarship, media analyses and criticism, and the exemplary practice of journalism. The school educates future scholars, teachers, and practitioners of journalism.

2. Content

2.1 The school’s teaching mission is carried out in the context of daily competitive journalism practiced through the school’s media. Experienced faculty supervisors work side by side with students in the production of news stories and advertising and in the scholarly study of the media. The context gives the Missouri system of journalism education its strength.

2.2 It also provides the foundation on which the school’s extensive continuing education program is built. The program identifies and honors excellence in many areas of journalism practice. The school also raises the level of skill and understanding of working journalists by conducting workshops and other training programs.

2.3 To accomplish its mission, the school has found it essential to hire different types of faculty for the school’s pedagogical, scholarly, creative and service activities. Some have extensive journalism experience. Some have extensive scholarly experience. Some have extensive experience in both scholarship and journalism.

2.4 The School of Journalism enjoys an international reputation for excellence, and the faculty aspire to continue that level of quality. A superior faculty is the surest guarantee of continued excellence. Toward that goal, the journalism faculty establishes the following procedures and criteria for appointing, evaluating, tenuring, and promoting members of the faculty:

3. Types of Appointment

The school will continue to hire faculty with excellent professional credentials for its tenure track faculty. Such faculty will be expected to produce an impressive body of scholarly or creative works, of a quantity, although not necessarily of the same kind, comparable to that expected of a traditional research scholar in order to gain tenure. In addition, the school will hire professional practice faculty, primarily for the media that serve as teaching laboratories for the school and other positions requiring the extensive use of professional skills. Professional practice faculty will be expected to devote most of their time and their energies to becoming expert teachers or to assigned administrative duties and to advancing the practice of journalism through professional seminars, workshops and similar activities. Tenure-track faculty standards and procedures are contained in “Policies on the Appointment, Evaluation and Promotion of Tenure-Track Faculty in the School of Journalism.”

3.1 Two broad categories of faculty contribute to the mission of the school: non-regular faculty and tenure-track faculty. The category shall be determined at the time of employment. In cases of appointment to the tenure track, only candidates who show potential for intellectual and professional development and long-term employment should be considered. The School’s Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be consulted before any formal offer of full-time appointment is made.

3.2 Non-regular faculty without the “professional practice” designation are appointed with no expectation of long-term employment by the university. Those pursuing an advanced degree at the university automatically fall into this category. Others, with the approval of the relevant divisional chair (faculty group chair) and the dean of the school, may be hired as non-regular faculty members for temporary positions. The chief expectation of non-regular faculty members is that they will be excellent teachers.

4. School Promotion and Tenure Committee

4.1 The School Promotion and Tenure Committee shall consist of eleven faculty members: seven tenured faculty elected at large and four professional practice faculty at a rank of associate or full professor, elected at large. Terms shall be three years, and the terms shall be staggered. The Policy Committee shall conduct the election before the end of the spring semester. Only Professional Practice faculty may vote to elect Professional Practice faculty to the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

4.2 The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall select its chair annually in the fall.

5. Procedures for the Appointment, Evaluation and Promotion of Professional Practice (NTT) Faculty

5.1 Professional Practice Faculty. This appointment is designed for those faculty members whose chief responsibilities are to the teaching and service missions of the school. The professional practice appointments and tenure-track appointments provide for two distinctly different kinds of appointment. Professional practice faculty are expected to devote most of their time to teaching and advising, and, in some cases, are assigned supervisory or administrative duties. Professional practice faculty are also expected to improve the practice and analysis of journalistic methods. They have no obligation to undertake ongoing scholarly activities of the kind expected of tenure-track or tenured faculty. These professional practice faculty contribute to the mission of the school by supervising students working on the school’s media, by teaching students the skills and techniques of journalism, and by providing service to the profession through workshops, participation in professional organizations and other outreach activities.

5.2 Given its unique method of laboratory instruction in community media, the school recognizes the crucial contribution of professional practice faculty. Professional practice faculty may participate in all other committees and activities of the school. They are eligible for raises and promotions, based on their performance, measured against the criteria enumerated in sections 5.8 through 5.9.2. The professional practice faculty enjoy the same rights of academic freedom as tenured and tenure-track faculty.

5.3 The professional practice ranks will be Assistant Professional Practice Professor, Associate Professional Practice Professor, and Professional Practice Professor.

5.4 Professional practice faculty will be hired initially on one-year appointments. For purposes of reappointment, the first year starts on the following September 1, regardless of when the job duties begin. Following the first year of appointment, at the discretion of the school, the faculty member may be reappointed for a period of one to three years. In no case will there be a commitment that the individual will be retained beyond the period of appointment. The faculty member shall consult with the faculty chair at the time of hiring and upon each reappointment to develop measurable goals and a written plan for professional growth.

5.5 Following each term of appointment, the faculty group chair shall evaluate the performance of the professional practice faculty member. The chair shall recommend not to appoint, to appoint for one year or to appoint for a longer period (but not exceeding three years) as permitted by university regulations. These recommendations shall be considered by the school Promotion and Tenure Committee, which shall make its own recommendation to the dean for non-appointment, appointment for one year or appointment for a longer period (not to exceed three years).

5.6 Professional practice faculty are expected to be excellent teachers and advisers and to work continuously to improve the education offered the school’s students. The school also expects professional practice faculty to demonstrate expertise in their field through continuing contacts with the journalism profession and to provide service to the school, the campus and the community.

5.7 Professional practice faculty are also expected to demonstrate professional growth in areas related to teaching and service. Professional practice faculty may demonstrate professional growth primarily through activities connected to their teaching. Such activities might include, for example, leadership roles at workshops that improve knowledge of current trends in media industries, working for brief periods of time in media jobs to refresh professional skills, or researching and evaluating new methods of teaching. Such activities, while important, should occupy a relatively small amount of the faculty member’s time relative to teaching assignments.

5.8 The evidence to be considered by chairs and the deans in the annual reviews of a professional practice faculty member’s performance, and by the chair, the school promotion and tenure committees and the deans in reviews shall include but not be limited to the following:

5.8.1 Teaching: Assessment of course syllabuses, assignments and examinations; monitoring of subsequent course in which the student is expected to build upon an already acquired proficiency; favorable student evaluations of teaching effectiveness through standardized evaluation instruments; development of new courses or revision and enrichment of established courses; efforts to enhance teaching through work in professional positions or through participation in seminars, workshops and campus teaching-improvement programs; receipt of awards or grants for teaching-related activities. Candidates for reappointment should have a teaching peer review from someone within the Journalism School but outside the candidate’s faculty group. Candidates for promotion should have peer reviews from inside and outside the School of Journalism.

5.8.2 Research/Creative: Professional practice faculty will typically demonstrate continuing professional growth though work closely connected to the classroom and the profession. These may include, but not be limited to: Creation of content for professional workshops and seminars designed to advance the profession. Reports of innovation in teaching, student evaluations, peer reviews from other faculty outside your specialty area, and participation in seminars and workshops to enhance your teaching abilities. Other activities designed to serve the journalistic profession.

5.8.3 The faculty group chair and the dean shall judge the relative merits of such activities using generally accepted standards of journalistic excellence.

5.8.4 Service: School, campus, system committee and administrative work; consulting; journalistic efforts that benefit the general public; contributions to professional associations; judging professional competitions; contributing to professional workshops.

5.8.5 The school promotion and tenure committee shall take into account any administrative duties of a professional practice faculty member in evaluating reappointments and promotions. Because of administrative duties, some candidates may have little or no teaching responsibilities. Such faculty members should provide evidence of the quality of their administrative work along with meritorious performance in service and professional growth. Evidence of quality administrative work may include, but is not be limited to, relevant summaries of budgetary and staff management, fundraising, program development, strategic and communication planning, board evaluations, research, and training. Faculty who serve as faculty group chairs should submit the results of annual faculty evaluations to be conducted by the policy committee in addition to other evidence of quality administrative work.

5.9 Promotion of professional practice faculty. The dean, working with the appropriate faculty chair and the school Promotion and Tenure Committee, may consider a professional practice faculty member’s application for promotion to the next higher academic rank. In order to be considered for promotion, professional practice faculty must demonstrate substantial achievements as noted elsewhere in this document. All professional practice faculty, as a condition of reappointment, are expected to demonstrate meritorious performance in teaching or administration and service. In addition, they are expected to demonstrate continuing professional growth. Promotions will not therefore be considered routinely, but rather only upon demonstration of particularly high standards of performance that merit promotion measured against the criteria enumerated below. The faculty member who seeks promotion from Assistant Professional Practice Professor to Associate Professional Practice Professor and particularly the faculty member who seeks promotion from Associate Professional Practice Professor to Professional Practice Professor, must show a record of teaching excellence as evidenced by evaluations and peer reviews, and professional growth beyond his or her accomplishments at the time of appointment.

5.9.1 Promotion from Assistant Professional Practice Professor to Associate Professional Practice Professor. The faculty member must demonstrate an outstanding record of teaching or administrative work, as evidenced by the activities delineated in section 5.8.1. In addition, the faculty member must show a record of continuing development in research/creative and service activities, as delineated in 5.8.2 through 5.8.5.

5.9.2 Promotion from Associate Professional Practice Professor to Professional Practice Professor. Such promotions shall be made only when an Associate Professional Practice Professor has shown an exceptional record of teaching or administrative work and continued development in professional and service activities. Only faculty who can demonstrate national or international reputations, as measured by the judgment of peers at other universities or by those in the profession, shall be considered for such a promotion.

5.10 Procedure for acting on applications for promotion by professional practice faculty. Professional practice faculty must be on a three-year appointment to apply for promotion in rank. A professional practice faculty member wishing to be considered for promotion to a higher rank shall notify his or her chair in writing no later than required by the timetable provided by the Provost’s office. The faculty member will prepare a dossier documenting his or her performance. The dossier must include, but does not have to be limited to, the following materials in support of the faculty member’s application for promotion:

5.10.1 Student teaching evaluations, peer reviews, syllabi, self-reports on teaching innovations and other evidence of the quality of the applicant’s teaching performance.

5.10.2 Candidates for promotion to Professional Practice Professor must have external review letters. Refer to the Provost’s site for the proper process.

5.10.3 In the fall of the following academic year, the faculty chair and the School promotion and tenure committee will examine the dossier and make separate recommendations on whether to promote. Both recommendations and the dossier will be submitted to the dean. The schedule is determined by the campus Provost and is subject to change. The Promotion and Tenure Committee chair will notify the applicant of the dean’s decision on the application for promotion within four weeks of receiving the recommendation from the school Promotion and Tenure Committee. The dean will submit the his or her recommendation along with the dossier to the provost.

5.10.4 If the school Promotion and Tenure Committee denies the applicant’s request for promotion, the applicant may request reconsideration by the committee. Regardless of the final committee vote the dossier will be forwarded to the dean. If the applicant’s request for promotion is denied by the dean, the applicant may request reconsideration. If the original decision stands, the dossier will be forwarded to the provost or otherwise designated campus body for final action. If the Provost denies promotion, the applicant can request reconsideration. The decision of the Provost is final.

5.11 Constituting promotion and tenure committees for reviews and for applications for promotions. In all cases in which a professional practice faculty review of application for promotion is involved, the four professional practice faculty members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee shall decide the case.

5.11.1 To vote on an application to Professional Practice Professor, the NTT faculty members must be Professional Practice Professors. The policy committee shall appoint temporary replacements to the school promotion and tenure committee for any school promotion and tenure committee members who are not Professional Practice Professor.

5.12 As a result of the annual evaluation process, modifications may be made in the focus of responsibilities as appropriate to the interests of the school and the faculty member. Such modifications should be as explicit as possible and retained in the faculty member’s file.

5.13 Professional practice faculty who pursue advanced degrees. As specified in section 4.1, faculty applicants who intend to seek advanced degrees shall be hired on non-regular temporary appointments with the rank of instructor or similar title. Faculty members who are hired on the professional practice track and later become degree candidates may retain professional practice status. All degree-seeking faculty members shall agree with their faculty chair on a reasonable timetable for earning the degree at the beginning of their studies. This agreement should also specify the workload expected of the faculty member during pursuit of the degree. Once each year during the course of degree candidacy, the faculty member shall provide the faculty chair with a progress report specifying courses taken, grades earned and work remaining toward the degree. This annual report shall be signed by the faculty member and her or his academic adviser.

6. Procedures for the Appointment of Non-Regular Faculty other than Professional Practice Faculty

6.1 Non-regular faculty without the “professional practice” designation may be hired for temporary positions. Those pursuing an advanced degree at the university automatically fall into this category. Others, with the approval of the relevant faculty chair and the dean of the school, may be hired as non-regular faculty for temporary positions. The chief expectation of non-regular faculty members is that they will be excellent teachers.

Adopted April 1997
Adopted May 2006
Revised and adopted 040811
Revised and adopted May 2015
Revised and adopted May 2016