Advancement to higher faculty ranks is based on performance and not automatic with time. Advancement occurs only when a faculty member is performing at the highest level of quality in all areas of faculty responsibility and is deemed to be capable of fulfilling the performance expectations inherent in a higher rank.
Faculty members at the assistant professor level may apply for promotion to associate professor in their fifth year as assistant professor. Faculty at the associate level may apply to be full professors in their sixth year as associate professor. The faculty member must meet all the criteria for the higher rank, as outlined in Section 3.8.3. In exceptional circumstances, advancement may be considered after a shorter time interval, although not until after completion of a faculty member’s first contract.