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February 2017

 

How to land your next promotion, without the cheesy "quick tips!"
Sean Tvelia

 

Business and human resources journals are filled with "quick tips!" and "proven tactics!" articles about how to land a promotion. Much of the advice, fortunately, doesn't necessarily apply to the work we do here at SCCC.

But some of it carries across professions, like doing your job and doing it well, establishing specific goals for yourself, working well in teams and communicating clearly with others.

We're here to help you!

In the coming weeks faculty who meet the time-in-rank requirements for promotion will receive letters from the college informing them of their eligibility for promotion.
Although I am not part of the final decision-making process (that belongs to the college promotion committee which is composed of the three executive deans and college AVP’s and VP’s), along with the individual CPC reps, I am here to advocate for you and assist you through the entire process, which includes the development of your application.

If you’re up for promotion now or in the near future, the first thing you should do is attend one of the upcoming campus promotion workshops. These workshops are led by me and your campus executive dean: Wes Lundburg (Ammerman), Dee Laffin (Eastern) and Jim Keane (Grant). During the workshop faculty will learn the specific process regarding promotion, the procedures for applying for promotion and the evaluation process.

Because faculty are held to the same standard on all three campuses, it doesn’t matter which workshop you attend; you will get the same advice from me and all three executive deans.

All faculty will receive the official workshop announcement and RSVP, via email, in the next couple of weeks. The events are already listed on the FA website and are open for registration. For planning purposes please note that promotion workshops will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Grant: March 29, 11 to 12 in Sagtikos 259/260
  • Eastern: April 5, 11 to 12 in Peconic 228B
  • Ammerman: April 12, 11 to 12 in Mildred Green Room (Babylon Student Center)

So, why should you attend, especially if you’ve attended one in the past?

  1. The expectations for promotion are different for each rank.
  2. Each applicant has a unique situation—individual experiences with teaching/working, service and professional development—so this is your chance to get answers to your own questions from me and your campus executive dean.

Eligibility for adjuncts and full-time faculty

If you are full time and plan to apply, remember that although the full application is not due until June 15, you must submit the cover page of the A Form to your chair or immediate supervisor by May 15, 2017.

If you are an adjunct, the full application is due by March 13, 2017.

Applying for assistant professor

For this year’s promotion cycle, all full-time faculty hired with the rank of instructor on or before September 2015 or hired January or February 2016 are eligible to apply for promotion to assistant professor by June 15, 2017. Adjuncts who have served for at least 10 semesters with 39 teaching hours need to apply by March 2017 for promotion to adjunct assistant professor.

Applying for associate professor

Full-time faculty hired with the rank of assistant professor or granted a promotion to assistant professor on or before September 2014 or hired January or February 2015 with the rank of assistant professor are eligible to apply for promotion to associate professor by June 15, 2017. Adjuncts who have served for at least 14 semesters or obtained 54 teaching hours as adjunct assistant professor need to apply by March 2017 for promotion to adjunct associate professor.

Applying for professor

Full-time faculty hired with the rank of associate professor or granted a promotion to associate professor on or before September 2013 or hired January or February 2014 with the rank of associate professor are eligible to apply for promotion to professor by June 15, 2017. Adjuncts who have served for at least 18 semesters or obtained 69 teaching hours as adjunct associate professor need to apply by March 2017 for promotion to adjunct professor.

Applying for PA and specialist ranks

Full-time faculty hired with the rank of PA, PA1 or specialist or granted a promotion to PA, PA1 or specialist on or before September 2014 or hired January or February 2015 with the rank of PA, PA1 or specialist are eligible to apply for promotion to PA1, PA2 or specialist 2 (respectively) by June 15, 2017. Adjuncts who have served for at least 14 semesters adjunct professional assistant 1 need to apply by March 2017 for promotion to adjunct professional assistant 2.

Note: If you were an adjunct for at least 30 credit hours and then hired as full-time faculty member, the time in rank needed for the first promotion is reduced by one year.


Finally, all full-time promotions (for those applying in June 2017) will be effective September 2018. Adjunct faculty promotions (for those who apply in March 2017) will be effective in September 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the promotion process feel free to contact me and please consider attending the promotion workshop so we can help you get the real deal—not the cheesy "quick tips"—on how to land your next promotion.