Starting in the Spring of the 5th Year as associate professor, and annually thereafter:
The associate professor will prepare an updated draft promotion dossier and provide the document to the department head by February 16th. The department head will forward the dossier to the departmental P&T committee chair for a committee determination as to whether the candidate should be formally considered for promotion in the next academic year.
- If the department committee believes the candidate should be considered for promotion, and the department head concurs, the head informs the department P&T committee chair and dean’s office that the individual will be put forward for the promotion process in the coming academic year. The head will work with the department committee to develop the list of external reviewers to be proposed to the dean.
- If it is determined the candidate is not to be put forward at this time, the department head will meet with faculty member to discuss expectations and strategies to advance to the next level.
If an associate professor fails to provide an updated draft dossier in a given year, the presumption of the department and college is that the candidate does not want to be given consideration for promotion in the following year.
Please Note (Reference V.D.1. of AC23 Guidelines): Penn State tradition is that an associate professor may be considered for promotion to professor twice at the University level over the course of their Penn State careers.
Approved at Exec Council: October 3, 2019