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FH Appendix 4 Promotion Guidelines: College of Ae...

Effective Date Jan 12, 2015

FH Appendix 4: Promotion Guidelines: College of Aeronautics

Reviewed and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1/8/2015
Note: edited by College of Aeronautics: 1/8/15
Note: edited by Chief Operating Officer (formerly titled 'Provost') for title updates: 7/4/11
Note: edited by Provost for currency: 3/31/05

The College of Aeronautics faculty is comprised of highly qualified faculty from both the traditional academic/research arena and the unique aviation professional’s arena. Faculty from both backgrounds must be considered equally for academic promotion. While the academic/research professional’s credentials may be more obvious to the promotion board, the experienced aviation professional brings to the university an accumulation of knowledge and a record of accomplishment that may be unobtainable in the academic environment, yet is essential to the quality of education expected of graduates from a premier aviation program. Either background may be the basis for initial appointment at advanced academic rank or form the foundation for academic promotion.

The dean of the College of Aeronautics assigns faculty loads in the three classic areas of teaching, research and service. The faculty load assignment in any area can range from 0–100 percent. The College of Aeronautics is first and foremost a college of teaching excellence. Therefore, it is appropriate to emphasize the teaching-only track candidate must be considered for promotion.

The promotion criteria listed below provides example accomplishments in the three areas of teaching, research and service that could be relevant for promotion. The faculty load percentage in each area assigned by the dean and identified in the faculty’s promotion dossier must be considered and weighed. Not all areas are applicable to all candidates and not all examples in any area are required for promotion.

Promotion Criteria

Teaching and Related Activities

  1. Demonstrated a consistent record of teaching excellence.
  2. Successfully developed student potential through academic advising, counseling and mentoring.
  3. Served on graduate committees and as major advisor to graduate students.
  4. Developed or significantly modified and improved academic programs.
  5. Developed and introduced new courses into the curriculum.
  6. Introduced innovative or especially effective pedagogical methods.
  7. Produced or made significant contribution to textbooks, reference manuals, computer-aided instructional programs, case studies or other special instructional materials.
  8. Obtained funding for teaching laboratories and other instructional facilities, equipment and programs.
  9. Helped develop the instructional potential of other instructors through mentoring, seminars, articles and other forums.
  10. Demonstrated diversity in a broad range of teaching assignments.

Research/Scholarly Activity

  1. Published or made significant contribution to a scholarly book.
  2. Published peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.
  3. Published articles in scholarly technical and professional industry publications.
  4. Served as peer reviewer of journal articles, books or other publications, or contributed to the editing of professional publications.
  5. Served as an editor for peer-reviewed journals.
  6. Obtained funding for research or project activities.
  7. Reviewed grant proposals for various granting agencies.
  8. Contributed to advancement of the field of aviation through research and presentation in publications, seminars, lectures and short courses to professionals in the field.
  9. Presented papers and lectures at meetings of regional, national or international aviation-related or educational organizations.
  10. Actively participated in seminars, symposia, scholarly conferences and professional education programs.
  11. Actively pursued increased academic qualification and credentials.
  12. Chaired sessions at international conferences.
  13. Served as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  14. Served on high level industry or FAA/ICAO committees/working groups.


  1. Perform administrative functions within the COA.
  2. Assume an active role in university committees.
  3. Contribute or provide leadership to COA Committees.
  4. Serve in a leadership role in the faculty senate.
  5. Serve as faculty advisor to student organizations.
  6. Contribute to recruiting and retention of students.
  7. Participate in outreach programs sponsored by the university.
  8. Assist with funding or equipment donations to the university.
  9. Engage in consulting with government, industry and educational institutions outside the university.
  10. Promote the university and the aviation profession at local, regional and national levels.
  11. Promote industry–government–university interaction.
  12. Provide unremunerated service to the community.
  13. Serve on a national review accreditation committee.

Professional Accomplishments

  1. Attained government or professional certification of special qualification in the field of expertise.
  2. Served an aviation enterprise as a pilot, crewmember, dispatcher, air traffic controller, meteorologist, logistician or other similar specialty.
  3. Performed as a test pilot or test director, engineer, designer or analyst.
  4. Performed as an aviation accident investigator or safety specialist.
  5. Managed or directed aeronautical development, manufacturing, research, design or testing.
  6. Managed or directed flight operations or support functions.
  7. Managed or directed airport functions, navigational facilities and communications systems.
  8. Served in highly responsible aviation-related positions with government agencies such as the FAA, NTSB, DOT, DOD, or corresponding foreign or international agencies.
  9. Conducted and reported on aviation research.
  10. Developed, managed or conducted aeronautical professional education and technical training programs.
  11. Planned, directed and conducted evaluations and certification of aviation professionals, functions and organizations.
  12. Published government or professional documents of significance.
  13. Attained national recognition for aviation-related expertise and accomplishment.
  14. Serve as officer, committee chair or committee member of a professional, technical or scholarly society.
  15. Participate in conference programs as organizer, moderator, lecturer or chair.
All adjunct faculty will be evaluated based on their teaching performance and service to the students and their departments.

College of Aeronautics Faculty Performance Evaluation form