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“Understanding Contracts, Promotion, and Tenure at MUSC” Co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate and the Women Scholars Initiative

Friday, 3 April 2009

goal for introduction

Faculty Senate

Goal for Introduction

Provide background for a productive and informative workshop.

Facilitate informative exchange of information and ideas relevant to faculty contracts, promotion and tenure.

agenda

Faculty Senate

Agenda

Introduction and background – John Raymond

Faculty contracts – Tom Higerd and Joe Good

College viewpoints – Deans and AP&T Committee Chairs

faculty contracts

Faculty Senate

Faculty Contracts

Background will be covered by Dr. Higerd.

Discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Higerd and Counselor Good.

promotion and tenure

Faculty Senate

Promotion and Tenure

Linked milestones in the progression of a successful academic career.

Criteria for promotion and tenure overlap, but are not identical.

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Faculty Senate

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion is based on accomplishments and contributions.

Tenure is based on projected future contributions to the institution.

musc promotion process1

Faculty Senate

MUSC Promotion Process

Multiple tracks with descriptive modifiers, tenure earning or not.

a typical academic progression

Faculty Senate

A Typical Academic Progression

Tenure typically is considered between Associate Professor and Professor designations, but can be considered at other times.

tenure

Faculty Senate

Tenure?

According to the MUSC Faculty Handbook section 6.04 (Faculty Tenure):

“Tenure shall be the assurance of continuous appointment to a particular faculty rank, with continuation of salary commensurate with the rank, as long as duties are performed in accordance with accepted standards,…”

musc faculty handbook section 6 04 cont

Faculty Senate

MUSC Faculty Handbook section 6.04 (cont.)

“…subject to termination for cause, upon retirement, on account of financial exigency, or the change or abolition of institutional programs.”

“Tenure rests in the college or department of primary appointment only.”

“The initial letter of appointment and/or contract and annual renewals shall specify status with regard to tenure.”

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Faculty Senate

MUSC Faculty Handbook section 6.04 (cont.)

“The assurance of continuation of salary commensurate with academic rank shall apply to that base salary which is agreed upon by the individual department head and faculty member.”

“The amount of the base salary shall be commensurate with rank in the appointee's department, and defined in the annual contract…”

musc faculty handbook section 6 04 cont2

Faculty Senate

MUSC Faculty Handbook section 6.04 (cont.)

“…It shall not apply to supplemental or additionalsources of funding including, but not limited to, clinical practice income, consultation fees, administrative payments, and special payments.”

criteria for tenure

Faculty Senate

Criteria for Tenure?

According to the MUSC Faculty Handbook section 6.04a:

“The faculty member must demonstrate competence and promise of long-term usefulness to the missions and programs of the University to be considered for tenure…”

musc faculty handbook section 6 04a cont

Faculty Senate

MUSC Faculty Handbook section 6.04a (cont.)

“…Each college, through its Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee shall develop a set of criteria to be used in the consideration of granting tenure and which shall have received the approval, through appropriate channels, of the Board.”

possible new criteria for tenure

Faculty Senate

Possible New Criteria for Tenure

Interdisciplinary and inter-professional initiatives (teaching, research, service).

Entrepreneurship.

Collaborations.

how does one maximize the chances of obtaining tenure

Faculty Senate

How Does One Maximize the Chances of Obtaining Tenure?

Make your accomplishments visible, tangible, quantifiable, locally and nationally.

Perform consistently. Improve.

Establish independence, but balance with collegiality.

Find a niche, establish your name in an area.

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Faculty Senate

How Does One Maximize the Chances of Obtaining Tenure?

Understand “the rules”.

Make it a “no-brainer” for your Chair.

Work with your Chair to align your interests with the needs of your department.

Set short and long term goals.

Get a mentor, and work with them.

what is a mentor

Faculty Senate

What is a Mentor?

According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, a mentor is “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.”

The Cambridge International Dictionary defines a mentor as a “person who gives another person help and advice over a period of time and often also teaches them how to do their job.”

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Faculty Senate

What is a Mentor?

The term “mentor” is derived from Greek Mythology. Mentor was the faithful companion and trusted counselor of Odysseus, the King of Ithaca. When Odysseus left to campaign in the Trojan Wars, he entrusted Mentor to remain in Ithaca to take charge of the royal household.  Mentor was also charged with educating Odysseus’ beloved son, Telemachus, in order to prepare him to become the next king.

the original mentor

Faculty Senate

The Original Mentor

Mentor was a wise and trusted counselor for Telemachus, safely guiding him through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Mentor served as a wise teacher, a role model, and a trusted counselor and adviser to Telemachus.

The goddess of wisdom, Athene, was sufficiently impressed with Mentor that she would often assume his form.

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Faculty Senate

Identify a Mentor

Meet with your mentor often.

Listen to them. Encourage unvarnished honesty.

Show them your grant applications, teaching materials, tangible scholarship and manuscripts.

Solicit their advocacy.

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Faculty Senate

Potential Mentors

Division Director

Department Chair

Dean

Senior Colleague

Collaborator

Research, Clinical, Education Directors

Faculty Senator

great mentors in science

Faculty Senate

Great Mentors in Science

Bob Lefkowitz: My favorite academic mentor

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Faculty Senate

Great Mentors in Science

Bob Lefkowitz: My favorite academic mentor

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Faculty Senate

Maximize Your Chances of Success

Join a scholarly group with overlapping interests and complementary skills.

Share ideas, reagents (teaching materials), methods.

Collaborate.

Solicit feedback on your scholarship (grants, manuscripts, teaching materials).

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Faculty Senate

Maximize Your Chances of Success

Engage in visible citizenship activities, and do a good job.

Remember, your administrators and mentors want you to succeed. Your success is a positive reflection on them, and on MUSC.

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Faculty Senate

Maximize Your Chances of Success

Set goals. Plan ahead!

Identify obstacles and eliminate them.

Identify opportunities and pursue them.

Follow up progress. Take stock, assess.

Listen!

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Faculty Senate

Maximize Your Chances of Success

Do something every day to position yourself to optimize your chances of success.

Make your independence obvious to everyone.

Stay focused, be determined.

Get and give feedback!

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Faculty Senate

Strive to be Thought of as…

Dependable.

Self-sufficient.

Devoted to excellence.

Accountable.

Brimming with potential.

An asset to those around you.

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Faculty Senate

Take a Hard Look at your CV

Organization.

Identity with a scholarly area.

Presentation.

Can the reader quickly pick out your most noteworthy accomplishments?

Scholarship, service/clinical care, teaching, mentorship, science.

National and local visibility.

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Faculty Senate

Independence

Necessary for tenure.

Tricky to develop independence in a mentored environment.

Must develop a reputation that is clearly distinct from your mentor.

R01 (or national award) is one of the best ways to establish independence.

Editorial boards, Study Section memberships, National policy, advisory or accrediting boards. National teaching awards.