5c. Modeling Best Professional Practices in Scholarship
5c1. What types of scholarly work are expected
as part of the institution’s mission?
The UWW Promotion and Tenure Standards, approved by the Faculty Senate on March 8, 2005, state that:
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater strives to demonstrate and support individual faculty members’ unique styles, talents, strengths, and professional contributions while simultaneously supporting the goals and missions of the constituencies and departments. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model as defined by the contributions individuals make to their departments, constituencies, and the university as a whole and the achievements attained as part of individual professional development and growth. As such, judgments of professional achievement and advancement will reflect both collaborative and individual efforts from our faculty. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty implement professional development and advancement standards based on Boyer’s teacher-scholar model and the following overarching criteria must be considered when evaluating portfolio materials. The candidate’s work:
- reflects the possession of a thorough knowledge of the candidate’s discipline;
- gives evidence of well defined professional goals;
- exhibits methods, procedures, and resources appropriate to the candidate’s discipline;
- produces significant results; and
- is effectively and correctly communicated.
Standards for Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure – and for Promotion to Associate Professor for one who already has Tenure:
- Teaching: The candidate must achieve a record of effectiveness in teaching, advising and other teaching-related responsibilities
- Job Performance in Non-Teaching Assignments: The candidate must achieve a record of effectiveness in professional effort and responsibility in the non-teaching assignment (such as department chair, program coordinator, librarian, or faculty position in Technology and Information Resources), and must demonstrate skills and knowledge relevant to the job.
- Research and Creative Activity: The candidate must achieve a record of professional research, or its creative equivalent, and other professional activity. This record should include evidence that the faculty member is in the process of achieving professional recognition in the individual’s discipline through: scholarly publications; professional papers, presentations, exhibitions or performances; artistic achievement; or other scholarly and creative activities.
- Professional and Public Service: The candidate must achieve a record of service to the profession, to the university community, and to the public through various activities that take place outside the classroom. The candidate must show a potential to assume a contributing role within the faculty as one moves towards the rank of professor.
Additional information on promotion standards, including promotion standards for the rank of professor, can be found at: http://acadaff.uww.edu/Promotions/Standards.htm.
5c2. In what types of scholarship activities are
faculty engaged? How is their scholarship related to teaching and learning?
What percentage of the unit’s faculty is engaged in scholarship? [NOTE: Review
the definition of scholarship in the NCATE glossary] (A table could be included
to show different scholarly activities in which faculty members are involved
and the number involved in each activity.
Professional education faculty are actively involved in scholarly activity related to teaching, learning and assessment and are committed to generating new knowledge through research. UW-Whitewater rules for promotion and tenure state that all faculty must achieve a record of professional research in their discipline through scholarly publications, professional papers, presentations, exhibitions or performances, artistic achievement, or other scholarly and creative activities. The College of Education excels in this area. Please see the electronic documents room for an extensive list of faculty research keyed to the six NCATE standards.