The Department of Biology
Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures
Consistent with the College at Fredonia's Vision Statement, the mission of the Biology Department at SUNY Fredonia is to be part of a larger community of learners throughout our campus and community. Through our well-trained and committed faculty, the Biology Department strives to provide excellent instruction in the Biological Sciences both to the major and non-major. Our goal is to increase the scientific literacy of all students and thereby achieve in our students a greater understanding of biological processes and a greater ability of our students to master the technological and scientific challenges of the modern world. The Biology Department encourages and supports continued faculty scholarship and research both as a means of advancing our knowledge of the natural world and as a cornerstone for providing current and innovative teaching for our students. The Biology Department faculty are fully involved in service to the university and extramural community and to furtherance of our discipline through service for government and professional organizations. The Biology Department is committed to the goals of a public, liberal arts, comprehensive College.
This Personnel Policy and Procedures document is designed to provide a reference both to the mechanics of the reappointment, promotion, tenure and discretionary salary process, and also to the values of the Biology Department and to how those values are translated into our personnel decisions. The Biology Department hires individual faculty with the strong hope and expectation that each new hire will be successful as a teacher, a scholar, and as an integral element to the functioning of the Department and the College. The Department, therefore, actively supports faculty in their professional development and strives to do so on a continuous basis.
Criteria for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure
Reappointment and Continuing Appointment/Promotion to Associate Professor
4. The faculty will evaluate the teaching effectiveness of the candidate by examining the currency of material as evidenced by the syllabus, the appropriateness of content coverage, and student and faculty perception of the instructor and his/her courses.
5. Scholarship/Research. The Biology Department expects all faculty to be active in the pursuit of their disciplinary scholarship. During the probationary period there should be a sustained activity that produces tangible measures of achievement. Scholarly activities leading to achievement are expected to result in the peer-reviewed publication of the candidate's research performed while at Fredonia. For reappointment, faculty will evaluate the package of activities, which may include:
Submission of manuscript(s) for publication in respected peer-reviewed journals;
a. Submission of intramural and extramural grant proposals that support disciplinary research;
b. Presentation of results at regional, national, or international meetings and symposia;
c. Submission of grant proposals for programs designed to improve undergraduate research opportunities;
d. Submission of grant proposals for equipment purchases, both for teaching and research;
e. Devotion to lab/field research; and
f. Supervision of graduate research.
6. While collaborative research is perfectly legitimate and encouraged, it must be clear what each member of the collaborative team contributes to the enterprise.
7. To obtain tenure, the candidate will turn activities into achievements. There are many ways to demonstrate achievement. Along with sustained activities, the generation of two peer-reviewed publications in respected journals would be sufficient for tenure. The equivalent package of achievements will, however, vary from candidate to candidate but must include some form of external measure of scholarship such as: publication in peer-reviewed journals, funding of extramural proposals for disciplinary research, funding of extramural proposals that support undergraduate research, funding of extramural equipment grants, and invitations to present at national or international symposia. Internal measure of achievement includes funding of intramural grants and completion of graduate theses.
8. Service. The Department expects all faculty to be involved with departmental, university and disciplinary service as is appropriate for the individual's rank and experience.
Criteria for Promotion to Full Professor
Promotion to full professor is contingent upon:
Procedures on Academic Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure – Procedures are detailed in HARP
Procedures on Discretionary Salary Distribution Recommendations