Academic promotion

Academic promotion

Macquarie's new academic promotion scheme is effective from 18 April 2017. Applications for promotion are due on 1 August 2017 for all levels.

Overview of the new promotion scheme

The new promotion scheme has a holistic approach to recognising academic achievement, supporting staff to progress their academic career on the basis of merit, performance and achievement. It creates flexible career pathways, allowing individual academics to work to their strengths.

The new criteria are based on Boyer’s four areas of scholarship (the scholarship of Discovery, the scholarship of Teaching, the scholarship of Application and the scholarship of Integration)[1]. With this approach, the University recognises the diversity of scholarship and the value of each type of scholarship. An additional Leadership and Citizenship criterion allows staff to demonstrate their leadership and to capture the demonstration of shared values and our capacity to work together and support each other toward both personal and institutional goals.

Objectives of the new scheme

  1. To have a strengths-based recognition and promotion scheme that is merit-based and which acknowledges the diversity of academic work, providing varied career pathways and balance between the recognition of research and learning & teaching.
  2. To have a fair and transparent promotions scheme where criteria are clear and applied consistently and transparently for all candidates.
  3. To provide a better experience and less cumbersome process for candidates and members of the committee with higher-level involvement and accountability at faculty level.

Key changes

Criteria for promotion

The existing criteria, based around three areas (research, teaching and community engagement) have been replaced by new criteria based on Boyer’s model of scholarship.

There are five categories arising from this model:

  1. scholarship of Discovery
  2. scholarship of Teaching
  3. scholarship of Application
  4. scholarship of Integration
  5. demonstration of Leadership and Citizenship.

There is greater flexibility to achieve the standard required for promotion. Applicants make a case for promotion by self-assessment with points allocated for the level of achievement:

1 = Achieved
2 = Superior
3 = Outstanding

To be promoted to Levels B and C applicants will need to:

  • achieve at least 8 points across the five categories,
  • achieve Outstanding (3 points) in at least one area, and
  • demonstrate at least Achieved (1 point) in the Leadership and Citizenship category.

To be promoted to Levels D and E applicants will need to:

  • achieve at least 9 points across the five categories,
  • achieve Outstanding (3 points) in at least one area, and
  • demonstrate at least Superior (2 points) in the Leadership and Citizenship category.

Promotion committees

Applications for promotion will be assessed by:

  • Faculty Promotion Committee at each level, and
  • University Promotion Committee as a second step for Levels D and E.

All applicants for promotion will be interviewed by their Faculty Promotion Committee.

Application process

The application process has been streamlined to provide an easier process for candidates and committee members alike. Improvements include:

  • The application form (including case for promotion) is shorter and less cumbersome.
  • A semi-structured CV template.
  • Applicants are no longer required to submit a hard copy Sources of Evidence folder.
  • Applicants are no longer required to coordinate provision of referee reports - HR will contact nominated referees to provide a confidential reference for the applicant.

 Promotion process and 2017 timelines

Overview of the promotion process and timeframes are provided as guidance. See Promotion Committee Schedule for specific committee dates for your Faculty and level. For more information on the process see the Academic Promotion Procedure.

Promotion to Levels B and C

Preparing to apply

Applicant consults and prepares application

Review the academic promotion policy, procedure and criteria. Check if you are eligible to apply and discuss your intention to apply with your Head of Department.

April - June
(recommended) 

Prepare your Application Form and CV (you can use your own format to prepare your CV).

Contact your referees to seek their consent to act as your referees (see the Academic Promotion Procedure for referee requirements for each level). Include details of your referees in the Application Form. You can let your referees know that HR will be in touch with them in early August, after the applications closing date and that they will have approximately 4-5 weeks to complete a confidential questionnaire.

April - June
(recommended) 

Head of Department Report

Ask your Head of Department to prepare a Head of Department Report. You will need to provide your Head of Department with a copy of your application and CV.

by 19 June
(recommended)

Head of Department prepares Head of Department Report.

Head of Department submits the following to the Executive Dean for comment and sign-off:

  • Head of Department Report
  • Applicant’s application and CV.

by 10 July (recommended)

Executive Dean endorsement

Executive Dean reviews the paperwork, signs the Head of Department Report and emails a copy of the signed report to the applicant.

by 24 July (recommended)

Applying

Submission

Applicant submits the following documents to HR by emailing academicpromotions@mq.edu.au:

Applicants are permitted to submit up to 3 pieces of supporting evidence with their application, however, this is not a requirement. Applicants no longer need to submit a hard copy sources of evidence folder.

Applicants may choose to prepare a written response (no more than 1-2 pages) to the Head of Department Report. If you choose to do so, submit your written response to HR together with your application.

1 August

Late applications won’t be accepted.

References

HR will contact your nominated referees in early August, after the applications closing date to request confidential references. HR will provide referees with a questionnaire. Your referees will be asked to complete and return the questionnaire within 4-5 weeks.

August

Assessment

Review

HR will submit applications and confidential referees reports to the relevant Faculty Promotion Committee for review.

September

Interviews

All applicants for promotion will be interviewed by their Faculty Promotion Committee.

October – November

(see Promotion Committee Schedule for specific dates for your Faculty)

Decision

The Faculty Promotion Committee will determine the outcome of application.

October – November

Outcome notification and promotion effective date

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by the Chair of their Faculty Promotion Committee (Executive Deans) after the Faculty Promotion Committee meeting for their level.

TBA

Notification letters issued by HR

December

Promotion effective date

1 January 2018

Promotion to Levels D and E

Preparing to apply

Applicant consults and prepares application

Review the academic promotion policy, procedure and criteria. Check if you are eligible to apply and discuss your intention to apply with your Head of Department.

April - June
(recommended)

Prepare your Application Form and CV. You can use the CV template or your own format to prepare your CV.

Contact your referees to seek their consent to act as your referees (see procedure for referee requirements for each level). Include details of your referees in the Application Form. You can let your referees know that HR will contact them in early August, after the applications closing date, and will provide them with a questionnaire. They will need to complete and return the questionnaire to HR within 4-5 weeks.

April - June
(recommended)

Head of Department Report

Ask your Head of Department to prepare a Head of Department Report. You will need to provide your Head of Department with a copy of your application and CV.

Applicants to Levels D and E may wish to have a discussion with their Head of Department about potential independent referees.

by 19 June
(recommended)

Head of Department prepares Head of Department Report.

For applicants to Levels D and E, Head of Department will need to nominate 4-5 independent referees. Head of Department may discuss potential nominations of independent referees with the applicant. Head of Department submits the following to the Executive Dean for comment and sign-off:

  • Head of Department report
  • Applicant’s application and CV
  • Independent referee nomination

by 10 July (recommended)

Executive Dean endorsement

Executive Dean reviews the paperwork, signs the Head of Department Report and emails a copy of the signed Head of Department Report to the applicant.

by 24 July (recommended)

The Executive Dean ranks the list of independent referees provided by the Head of Department and emails the ranked list to HR on academicpromotions@mq.edu.au.

HR will select two independent referees from the ranked list (based on availability). The Executive Dean’s referee ranking and final select will remain confidential to the applicant.

by 1 August

Applying

Submission

To apply for promotion, applicant will need to submit the following documents to HR by emailing academicpromotions@mq.edu.au:

Applicants are permitted to submit up to 3 pieces of supporting evidence with their application, however, this is not a requirement. Applicants no longer need to submit a hard copy sources of evidence folder.

Applicants may choose to prepare a written response (no more than 1-2 pages) to the Head of Department Report. If you choose to do so, submit your written response to HR together with your application.

1 August

Late applications won’t be accepted.

References

HR will contact applicant nominated referees and, for Levels D and E, two independent referees, and will request confidential references. HR will provide referees with a questionnaire, which will need to be completed and returned to HR within 4-5 weeks.

August

Assessment

Review

HR will submit applications and confidential referees reports to the relevant Faculty Promotion Committee for review.

September

Interviews

All applicants for promotion will be interviewed by their Faculty Promotion Committee.

October

(see Promotion Committee Schedule for specific dates for your Faculty)

Decision

The Faculty Promotion Committee will make a recommendation to the University Promotion Committee whether to promote, not promote or not promote, but offer accelerated progression within current level.

The University Promotion Committee will review applications and recommendations from the Faculty Promotion Committee. The University Promotion Committee may ask the Executive Dean of the relevant faculty to attend the meeting and speak to applications from their faculty. The University Promotion Committee will determine the outcome of applications.

November

(see Promotion Committee Schedule for specific dates)

Outcome notification and promotion effective date

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by their Faculty Promotion Committee Chairs (Executive Deans) after the last committee meeting for their level.

TBA

Notification letters issued by HR

December
(indicative)

Promotion effective date

1 January 2018

Information sessions

We are holding a number of sessions on the new promotion scheme. See below for information on session details, slides and recordings.

Information session for all academic levels - 24 April

See presentation slides or listen to the session recordings:

  1. Overview of the new scheme - Nicole Gower, Director, Human Resources
  2. Promotion criteria explained: discovery, integration and application - Professor Mariella Herberstein, Chair, Academic Senate
  3. Promotion criteria explained: teaching and leadership & citizenship - Professor Sherman Young, PVC (Learning & Teaching)
  4. Promotion process - Nicole Gower, Director, Human Resources
  5. Preparing your application - Professor Mariella Herberstein, Chair, Academic Senate

Information session for Executive Deans and Heads of Department - 21 June

The session covered the new promotion scheme, what it means for career development of our academic community, and the role of Executive Deans and Heads of Department as academic leaders in the implementation of the new scheme and supporting career progression of academic staff. See presentation slides for more information

Information session for applicants to Levels B and C

Date:    Monday 5 June 2017
Time:    2.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue:  Campus Hub, Level 3, McKenzie Room
RSVP:   by response to a calendar invitation

Information session for applicants to Levels D and E

Date:    Tuesday 20 June 2017
Time:    2.00 – 4.00 pm
Venue:  E7B, T2 Theatre
RSVP:  by response to a calendar invitation

Need more help?

If you have any queries about the new promotion scheme, please contact Catherine L.R. McDonald, Academic Promotions Coordinator on academicpromotions@mq.edu.au.

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