New academic promotion scheme

New academic promotion scheme

New academic promotion scheme has come into effect on 18 April 2017. Applications for promotion are due by 1 August 2017 for all levels.

Overview

Scholarship is a core value of Macquarie University and underpins our academic mission. The new criteria for promotion at Macquarie University 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.

The new academic promotions scheme creates flexible career pathways, allowing individual academics to work to their strengths.

Key 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

Key changes to the criteria for promotion, promotion committees and the application are summarised below.

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The existing criteria, based around three areas (research, teaching and community engagement) have been replaced by new criteria based on Boyer’s model of scholarship.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

Improved 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.

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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