The Department of Accountancy bases its promotion and tenure procedures on University rules and College and Department bylaws. The Office of the Provost specifies University promotion and tenure criteria and procedures in its Communication No. 9 (available at http://www.provost.illinois.edu/).
- The Department recommends promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure only if the candidate shows real signs of accomplishment as measured by an appropriate assessment of his or her work. Additionally, it should be clear that the individual shows real promise – as supported by tangible, developing evidence – of becoming a leading scholar and teacher and demonstrates a high likelihood of sustaining contributions to the field and the department. Furthermore, the granting of indefinite tenure should be in the best interests of the University of Illinois.
- The Department recommends promotion from associate professor to professor based upon an assessment that, since the last promotion, the candidate has (1) made contributions of appropriate magnitude and quality in research, teaching, and service and (2) has demonstrated the ability to sustain contributions to the field and to the department. Promotion to professor should include evidence of national or international stature that indicates the candidate is a leading scholar and teacher. Furthermore, the granting of the promotion should be in the best interests of the University of Illinois.
The three primary missions of the University are teaching, research, and public service. In any promotion review, the Department considers the performance of the individual in all three of these areas. However, the Department does not treat the three equally. The Department generally will recommend promotion and tenure only if the evidence shows that a candidate’s research accomplishments are excellent and the candidate’s teaching is at least strong.
The Department’s promotion and tenure processes are:
- The Department identifies candidates for promotion and tenure evaluation during its annual spring evaluations. Further, the Head of the Department issues a call to the faculty requesting nominations for promotion and tenure candidacy.
- Candidates identified for promotion and tenure evaluation assist the Head of the Department, or his/her designee, in developing the candidate’s promotion dossier and related materials (see Provost’s Communication No. 9). Candidates submit a list of scholars who they recommend as outside reviewers of their research.
- The Department’s standing Promotion and Tenure Committee (elected, see Department bylaws) evaluate vitae of candidates for promotion and tenure evaluation; provide initial recommendations concerning the candidate’s viability for promotion and tenure; and recommends non-UIUC scholars as reviewers of the candidate’s research.
- Based on the preliminary recommendations of the P&T Committee, as well as his/her own judgment, the Head of the Department decides whether to continue the candidate’s promotion and tenure evaluation. If continued, the Head of the Department, in accordance with Provost’s Communication No. 9, chooses four or five outside reviewers of the candidate’s research.
- The Head of the Department, or his/her designee(s), performs an inside evaluation of the candidate’s research, teaching and service.
- The Department submits a preliminary draft of the candidate’s promotion dossier to the College of Business. The College Executive Committee evaluates the preliminary promotion dossiers and provides feedback to the Department.
- The Department Promotion and Tenure Committee evaluates the candidate’s merits for promotion and tenure when the Department sufficiently develops the candidate’s promotion dossier (including outside review letters). The Promotion and Tenure Committee votes to support or not support the candidate’s promotion and tenure, recording its vote on the dossier cover page.
- The Head of Department writes an evaluation of the candidate’s merits for promotion and tenure as the last item in the candidate’s promotion dossier and submits the promotion dossier to the Dean of the College of Business.
- The College Executive Committee evaluates the final promotion dossier and votes to support or not support the candidate’s promotion and tenure, recording its vote on the dossier cover page.
- The Dean of the College of Business evaluates the merits of the candidate and recommends, or not, the promotion and tenure. The Dean submits the candidate’s promotion dossier, together with the Dean’s recommendation, to the Provost of the University.
- The Provost of the University seeks the advice of the campus Promotion and Tenure Committee, a standing committee of the Provost, on the merits of the candidate’s promotion and tenure. The campus Promotion and Tenure Committee may request additional information from the candidates and their departments.
- The Provost of the University either denies or recommends promotion and tenure. Action of the UI Board of Trustees grants promotion and tenure.