Biblically Centered Education
Criteria for Advancement Section 8.422017 Dept: Provost Office Revised: May 11th, 2017

Criterion Areas

The criteria for promotion fall into three areas: Research, Teaching, and Service.

Research

Research includes a broad range of activities that signify mastery of and contribution to one's area of academic expertise. This includes books or scholarly monographs, articles in refereed journals or scholarly works in other recognized publications, or presentations at scholarly societies. Institutional Research is also included as per the guidelines described in the IR Addendum, contained within the UPC Promotion Rubric. In certain applied fields such as fine arts and business, contribution to one’s field may also be demonstrated by performance scholarship as defined by the school or department. When these are included in the application for promotion, any performance scholarship must be accompanied by professional reviews by off-campus experts in the field approved by the department chair or dean. Scholarly contributions through editing, reviewing, or mentoring of research may also be included, as well as honors or grants received for scholarly work. Finally, the scholarship of faith integration within one’s discipline and the scholarship of teaching and learning may be included.

Teaching

Teaching involves the entire process of student learning including classroom performance, course preparation, integration of faith and learning, and evaluation of learning effectiveness. Promotion decisions in this area take into consideration factors such as quality of organization of course material, clarity and appropriateness of assignments, effectiveness in working with a wide range of students (majors and non-majors, able and struggling), ability to motivate and challenge students, awareness and/or utilization of innovative and appropriate instructional techniques, an understanding of students as individuals, and positive interactions with students. Involvement in activities that improve teaching effectiveness also falls in this category. This includes conducting analysis of where instructional and pedagogical change is needed, implementation of change, and subsequent reassessment for improvement. At higher professorial ranks, leadership in teaching will likely include mentorship of teaching (within or across departments; either in the field or in the integration of field and faith). Involvement in curriculum planning is another potential teaching activity.

Service

Service refers to special contributions that go beyond the routine responsibilities that all faculty are expected to share. Special contributions include areas such as major efforts in program development, participation and leadership in committee or departmental work, work with students that goes well beyond the norm, involvement in community activities that have a direct or indirect benefit to Biola, and Christian service activities that further Biola's objectives. This category may include such activities as political and other civic involvement, consultation to other individuals and organizations, lecturing and writing for lay audiences as well as significant work or service rendered within the general church community. Although not considered either scholarly activity or a direct teaching responsibility, these latter activities further Biola's general institutional objectives, aid in student recruitment, and have a positive impact on Biola's recognition and acceptance in the communities in which it is involved and which it serves.

Foundational Contributions

Underlying all three basic categories are two special contributions. One is involvement in the spiritual and personal maturing of students. While this factor is especially important in the area of teaching, it is expected that all faculty, in addition to sharing Biola's theological commitment, will be actively involved in the spiritual formation of students in a positive manner which is openly apparent.

The second contribution is a commitment to the process of integration of one's discipline with scriptural revelation. This is what is referred to as the “integration of faith and learning.” We consider this to be a hallmark of Biola’s educational experience. Likewise, it is expected that this dimension will cut across all of a faculty member's scholarship (research, teaching, and service) regardless of rank. Although faculty might publish material that is “secular” in the sense that there is no overt allusion to religion included, yet the faculty member will still hold a posture of intent to glorify God with the scholarship and the ability to discuss a Christian perspective of the research under discussion. Whether or not a faculty member’s relationship with Christ is made explicit in any publication, the faculty member will demonstrate a pattern of integration of faith and one’s discipline in teaching and in living within the Biola community.

It is a basic assumption that the faculty member can successfully serve as a role model and fully integrate faith and learning/living only as each personally allows for growth in his/her own spiritual life. The faculty are expected to manifest and provide underlying and pervading evidence of such development.

Introduction to Criteria for Advancement in Level and Rank

These paragraphs provide general guidelines within which the following criteria for advancement may be interpreted.

1. In order to apply for promotion, at each promotion individuals must meet the promotion requirements a. for number of years of service at rank/level, b. the minimum standards, and c. the number of criterion points specified for each promotion. 

a.  The following chart gives the number of years of service at rank and level required before being eligible to apply for promotion to the next level:

Rank & Level                                                  Number of Years of Service

Assistant 1 to Assistant 2                                 2 years

Assistant 2 to Associate 1                                2 years

Associate 1 to Associate 2                                2 years

Associate 2 to Associate 3                                2 years

Associate 3 to Professor 1                               3 years

Professor 1 to Professor 2                               3 years

Professor 2 to Professor 3                               3 years

The intended purpose for specified “years of service” at each level (in the chart above) is to encourage and allow adequate time for the following: (1) professional growth; (2) academic contributions and service; and (3) development of collegial working relationships within the faculty member’s department, school, and university. The above requirements for years in rank and level are considered minimums and are not meant to imply that all (or even most) faculty will be ready at this time.

Faculty who are applying for promotion subsequent to their first advancement should include in their portfolios all accomplishments during the year between submission of application and when their last promotion took effect. This prevents accomplishments from being lost and enables faculty to include an extra year’s accomplishments as part of their portfolio for the next promotion cycle.

The following requirements for date of publication of scholarship used for promotion are intended to provide a consistent standard throughout the university: At the time an application for promotion is submitted (a) books, chapters of books, encyclopedia or dictionary articles must be in print; (b) periodical articles must be written and evaluated by a peer reviewer in the application, but may be either published or “in press” (documented by a letter of acceptance with a specific date for publication). Scholarly work in progress that does not meet these deadlines can of course be submitted in the next promotion cycle.

b. For the individual who seeks promotion, it is expected that there will be satisfactory and demonstrable performance in each of the three areas of research, teaching, and service. It is also expected that faculty members receiving promotions will be functioning well in each of these areas. Exceptional research, for example, will not compensate for inadequate teaching skills. In order to demonstrate this level of performance at each promotion, individuals must meet the minimum standards in each of the three areas, as outlined below. 

Although minimum standards for research may include achievements prior to Biola University employment, all achievements counted toward promotion must be earned within the promotion period that begins with initial employment on the tenure track or the month when application for promotion was last submitted. Minimum standards for teaching and service may only include achievement earned within the promotion period. Minimum standards in all three areas must be met at the time of each promotion. Minimum standards may be found within the UPC Promotion Rubric, specifically at the beginning of the areas of Research, Teaching and Service listed below.

c. The university utilizes a point-based system for criteria for promotion, in which certain faculty accomplishments merit specified points or fractions of points. These are specified in the table below. Each specified criterion is equivalent to one point.

Five (5) points are required for promotion as an Assistant, nine (9) points to or within the Associate level, and twelve (12) points to or within the Full Professor level. At least one point must be earned in each of three areas at the Assistant and Associate rank; at least two points must be earned in each of the three areas at the Full Professor rank. 

2. Departments and schools may supplement or modify the university criteria in each of the three areas in order to provide guidance for promotion in areas of research, teaching, or service that are specific to their disciplines. They may also revise minimum criteria to fit the circumstances of their school or discipline. These supplemental or modified criteria must be approved by the UPC. Approved criteria are available on the faculty development website (http://www.biola.edu/faculty-development/promotion-tenure). 

Departments or schools are expected to develop and maintain these criteria and submit them on the UPC-supplied template first to their FPC/SPC and then to the UPC for review and approval. Any subsequent revisions must also be approved by the FPC/SPC and UPC.

3. If an applicant finished his/her terminal degree before being hired, or if the completion of the dissertation was used as the basis for promotion at the Assistant Professor level, the dissertation may not be counted as meeting one criterion for advancement to the Associate Professor 1 level. Also, if an applicant’s prior years of teaching and/or ministry formed part of the basis for one’s initial hire at a particular rank and level, those pre-Biola achievements may not be included in one’s criteria for advancement.

RESEARCH

Minimum Standards (must be completed over the course of your academic record since receiving terminal degree)

For promotion to Associate Professor:

-Publish one peer-reviewed academic journal article or chapter in academic text

OR

-Produce an artifact that is exemplary of scholarship in your discipline, e.g. painting, musical performance, film

For promotion to Full Professor:

-Present your research or performance at a national or international conference/setting

AND

One of the following three:

-Publish 4 peer-reviewed academic journal articles or chapters in an academic book

OR

-Publish an academic book

OR

-Produce 4 artifacts that are exemplary of scholarship in your discipline

Note: Each item in the table counts as one point

Domains

All ranks (Full, Assoc, Asst)

Assoc. + Asst.

Asst. only

A. Publication

1. Academic book (up to three points)

2. Author (first) a peer-reviewed article

3. Author (contributing) two peer-reviewed articles

4. Write a book chapter in academic field

5. Write a book for lay community

6. Author an article in a non-peer reviewed publication.

7. Author four entries for encyclopedia or dictionary.

 

B. Conference

1. Present two papers at conferences/professional organization

2. Contribute as second presenter of four papers at conferences/professional organizations.

3. Organize conference*

4. Present two posters at conferences.

5. Organize two panels, symposia, or colloquia at conferences/ professional organization (may be eligible for use at Full Professor if included in department/school supplemental criteria)

6. Attend two conferences/professional meetings

C. Editing/
Peer Review

1. Serve as guest editor of a journal special issue or editor of a peer-reviewed journal for a year

2. Edit a book

3. Peer review ten academic journal articles

4. Publish four book reviews

 

 

D. Performance

1. Produce an artifact that is exemplary of performance scholarship in your discipline, e.g. painting, musical performance, film. (see school/department rubrics)

 

 

E. Grant/
Honor/

Award

1.Receive a full or shared external research grant or fellowship

2. Honored by a professional organization for research in one's discipline (meritorious service, board member, etc.)

3. Elected to a research society board*

4. Receive the Provost Award for Excellence in Scholarship or the Fischer Award for Faculty Excellence

5.Receive two Biola/internal grants or fellowships

6. Apply for five external grants or fellowships

F. Mentoring

1. Mentor four students’ research for which you are not compensated in your unit load. For example: mentoring a Torrey thesis or serving as second or third reader for a dissertation.

2. Mentor two junior faculty members’ research

 

 

G. Institutional Research **

50 hours of Institutional Research (IR) equals 1 point.  See IR Addendum for Scholarship of Research **

 

 

H.  School or Department Rubrics

See department or school rubric for additional criteria as approved by the UPC.

 

 

 

*Indicates that this can count for either research OR service, but not both.

** IR Addendum for Scholarship of Research

Definition:  Institutional Research (IR) is defined as research activity carried out within Biola to promote institutional effectiveness.  It may concern systems, programs, students, faculty,  staff, or other aspects of the university process. Its aim is to provide information for institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making within Biola.

Prerequisites:  IR must be commissioned by the provost or a dean, must have defined methodology, and a final report must be submitted to the dean/provost prior to request for points

Points: 50 hours of IR equals 1 point, with the following stipulations

  1. Fractional hours/points are allowed (e.g., 40 hours = 0.8 points)
  2. No more than 1 point awarded per IR project submitted, regardless of hours for that project
  3. Multiple IR projects could result in multiple points, depending on the hours worked
  4. When submitting for promotion at any Assistant or Associate rank, the applicant must have at least 0.5 research points in something other than IR
  5. When submitting for promotion to or within Full rank, the applicant must have at least 1 research point in something other than IR.

Submission: Any request for IR-based points needs to be accompanied by a letter of support attesting to the contribution of the applicant from the commissioning administrator or the chair of the IR workgroup/taskforce.

TEACHING

Minimum Standards for Promotion (Earned within promotion period or last 4 years, whichever is less):

For Associate Professor: 75% of IDEA scores in top 70%*

For Full Professor: 50% of IDEA scores in top 50%*

OR

Department Chair/Dean/Faculty Development certification that professor has received eight weeks of coaching in teaching with visit at beginning, discussion of a plan to improve and post-visit by Chair, Dean or Designated Coach that shows improvement to average level.

OR

Department Chair/Dean or Designee certification that, following visits to two or more class

sessions or Online classes, the classes viewed would be average or above for the level for which the professor desired to apply. This Chair/Dean or Designee would need to explain any discrepancy between this certification and IDEA scores, if present.

*If IDEA evaluations are considered by the UPC to be inappropriate for a school or department, the school or department will be asked to supply a commensurate standard for promotion eligibility and the UPC will determine its appropriateness.

 

Note: Each item in the table counts as one point

Domains

All ranks (Full, Assoc, Asst)

Assoc. + Asst.

Asst. only

A. Course/ Curriculum Preparation including Incorporation of Technology

  1. 1.  Develop a new course or provide major restructuring of a course
  2. 2.  Provide substantial integration of innovative instructional technology into instructional content (e.g., beyond basic presentation programs and learning management systems)
  3. 3.  Structure a course for online delivery
  4. 4.  Guide curricular development based on assessment of Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
  5. 5.  Develop a new program or reconfigure a program for a new platform (e.g., online, hybrid)

 

 

 

6.  Receive instruction in and incorporate course management system in at least one course

B. Observed Teaching Quality in Class or Online During Promotion Period (only one point possible for 1,3 or 4)

  1. 1.  For 75% of courses, receive student evaluations in top 30%
  2. OR receive dean or dept. chair evaluation that concludes exceptional teaching ability for their level
  3. 2.  Receive the Provost Award for Excellence for Career achievement in Teaching.

3.  Receive for 50% of courses, student evaluations in the top 30%

4.  Receive in one course, student evaluations of classes  in top 50%

C. Classroom Integration of Biblical Faith & Learning

1.  Substantial incorporation of integration of faith and learning into a course

  1. 2.  Publication of a book chapter or book regarding the integration of a discipline and biblical teaching *

3.  Receive the Provost Award for Excellence in Biblical Integration

  1. 4.  Writing/editing a book regarding integration*
  2.  

 

 

D. Engagement in Activities that Improve Teaching Effectiveness

1.   Participate in professional activities designed to improve teaching (such as ATLAS [Advancement of Teaching & earning through Assessment Scholarship] certification levels 2 or 3, online instruction training, faculty integration seminars, Coalition of the Willing, academic service learning workshops, and conferences related to teaching). Need documented evidence that demonstrates advancement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, (such as IDEA scores, self-review (see Prologue: Teaching Paragraph 1), or review by chair or dean) 

2. Participate in a Professional Learning Community for a minimum of two years

3. Participate in professional activities designed to improve teaching (such as ATLAS [Advancement of Teaching & Learning through Assessment Scholarship] certification levels 2 or 3, online instruction training, faculty integration seminars, Coalition of the Willing, academic service learning workshops, and conferences related to teaching). 

4. Participate as a protégé’ in the university faculty mentoring program

E. Supervision, Mentoring or Teaching Professors in their Classroom Practice

  1. 1.  Serve as a teaching resource within the university to

     three faculty and/or schools

  1. 2.  Publish a book on a subject in one’s discipline that has
  2.      pedagogical application *
  3. 3.  Mentor three junior faculty or TAs in significant academic
  4.      teaching
  5. 4.  Participate as a session leader in teaching seminars on four
  6.      occasions

 

 

F.  School or Department Rubrics

See department or school rubric for additional criteria as approved by the UPC.

 

 

*Indicates that this can count for either teaching OR research, but not both.

SERVICE                                                                                                                                           

Minimum Standards for promotion to Associate and Full Professor (Earned within promotion period):

Serve on at least one department, school or university committee, task force or other workgroup.

Note: Each item in the table counts as one point

Domains

All ranks (Full, Assoc, Asst)

Assoc. + Asst.

Asst. only

A. Serve on a Biola Department, School, or university committee or professional                                committee

 

1. Provide effective service on one or more department, school, or university committees for a total of 50 hours within the promotion period.  Submission of the Committee Participation Form required (form to be completed by the chair of the committee).

 

 

B.  Provide leadership as a Committee Chair (Department, School, or University),  Department Chair, &/or School Dean, or leadership in a professional organization

 

1. Serve as a school dean or department chair for one year with demonstrable success in doing significant administration work as determined in writing by the next level administrator

2. Provide leadership in a professional organization or one of its committees or a like agency for one year

3. Chair a university elected or high-intensity committee (UPC, Faculty Council) for one year*

4. Chair three lower-intensity university or school committees for one year or one committee for three years*

 

*Faculty may claim points for committee leadership, Domain B, in addition to committee service, Domain A.

5.  Participate in a professional organization or like agency at a committee level for one year

 

C. Provide project leadership and/or service

1.  Receive the Provost Award for Excellence in Career Achievement in Leadership

 

Service in any of the following areas or combination of areas for every 50 hours would earn one point of credit:

 

2. Lead or effectively contribute to a professional accreditation self-study process

3. Lead or contribute to a professional accreditation site visit team for another institution

4. Lead or effectively contribute to a significant task force at the request of a Biola senior administrator

5. Plan/host a conference

 

 

 

D. Service to the Biola Community (faculty must provide a clear listing of their involvement)

1. Receive the Provost Award for Excellence in University-Community Service

 

Service in any of the following areas or combination of areas for every 50 hours would earn one point of credit:

 

2. Speaking at departmental or school events, such as chapels and student meetings

3. Organize or sponsor department, school, or university events

 

 

 

E. Service to the Christian Community outside of Biola e.g. Local Church, Church- at-large, or para-church organizations (Faculty must provide a clear listing of their involvement) 

Service in any of the following areas or combination of areas for every 100 hours would earn one point of credit. Note: No more than 50% of Service points can come from the combined total of E and F.

 

1. Teach, preach or guest speak at church, retreat, school or other Christian organization

2. Direct a choir or worship team

3. Serve on a Christian school board, church board, mission board, or para-church ministry board

4. Direct a Christian club or organization

5. Lead a short-term missions trip that lasts for at least two weeks

6. Lead other church or para-church ministries not listed above (faculty must provide a description of the ministry and service provided)

 

 

7. Author series of blogs or other online work, magazine article, newspaper

8. Serve on a short-term mission trip

9. Contribute to a choir, worship team, puppet or skit ministry

10. Serve in a church or para-church ministry such as a food bank, homeless ministry, recovery program, or crisis pregnancy center

 

F. Service to the Community at large (Faculty must provide a clear listing of their involvement) 

Service in any of the following areas or combination of areas for every 100 hours would earn one point of credit.  Note: No more than 50% of Service points can come from the combined total of E and F.

 

1. Serve on an administrative board such as a school board or city council

2. Provide professional services on a volunteer basis (e.g. marketing, nursing, counseling, video production)

3. Direct a service club such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Optimist

4. Provide leadership for groups and events (e.g. coaching a sports team, director of a fund-raising event)

5. Serve as an officer for a regional or national association

6. Direct a musical or theatre production

7. Participate in a club such as Kiwanis, Rotary, or Optimist

8. Participate in a community theatre production

9. Volunteer in service events (e.g. fund-raiser)

10. Serve as a representative for a local, regional, or national association

 

 

G. Service to our students, investing in their maturation (“life on life” investments such as academically, socially, spiritually, vocationally, etc.)  (Faculty must provide a clear listing of their involvement)

1. Receive the Provost Award for Excellence in

    Mentoring Students

2. Host a student in your home

 

Service in any of the following areas or combination of areas for every 50 hours would earn one point of credit:

 

3. Disciple or counsel students beyond mere academic

    advising

4. Facilitate fellowship with students on campus or in your

    home

5. Sponsor a student club on campus

 

 

 H. Mentoring faculty that is significant, demonstrable, and measureable

1. Receive the Provost Award for Excellence in

    Mentoring Peers

 

Service in any of the following areas or combination of areas for every 50 hours would earn one point of credit:

 

2. Participate as a mentor in a school or university  

    Mentoring Program

3. Mentor junior faculty in student advisement 

4. Mentor faculty seeking promotion

5. Serve as a Core Specialist, Faculty Assessment Fellow,

    or other university or school assigned consultation

    position

 

 

I. Institutional Research **

50 hours of Institutional Research (IR) equals 1 point.  See IR Addendum **

 

 

J.  School or Department Rubrics

See department or school rubric for additional criteria as approved by the UPC.

 

 

** IR Addendum for Scholarship of Service (note this is distinct from Scholarship of Research)

Definition:  Institutional Research (IR) is defined as research activity carried out within Biola to promote institutional effectiveness.  It may concern systems, programs, students, faculty, staff, or other aspects of the university process. Its aim is to provide information for institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making within Biola.

Prerequisites:  IR must be commissioned by the provost or a dean, must have defined methodology, and a final report must be submitted to the dean/provost prior to request for points

Points: 50 hours of IR equals 1 point, with the following stipulations (note: these are different than the ones listed in Research)

1.  Fractional hours/points are allowed (e.g., 40 hours = 0.8 points; 80 hours = 1.6 points)

2.  If IR is counted for Research, it may not be counted for Service

3.  Multiple IR projects could result in multiple points, depending on the hours worked

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