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The board of trustees and the senior administration of Howard Community College (HCC) are committed to recognizing the significant efforts of the college’s faculty, which directly assist the college in accomplishing its goals and objectives.  The college provides professional recognition and reward for faculty members who have achieved a prescribed level of self and institutional development.

The president will present members of the faculty who have been recommended for promotion by the vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) to the board of trustees for consideration.  Decisions and recommendations concerning a faculty member's qualifications for promotion are subject to established grievance procedures. If the applicant is denied promotion at any level, reasons for the denial will be given to the faculty member.

Requirements for Promotion to Assistant Professor

  1. Master's degree or equivalent in related experience; experience may not be substituted for a bachelor’s degree except in highly extraordinary circumstances.
  2. Three years at the instructor level at HCC.
  3. Three years at the excellent or outstanding performance level, including the year of promotion.
  4. Satisfactory completion of all activities required of probationary faculty as outlined in the Merit Achievement Plan.
  5. Demonstrated evidence of quality teaching based on an analysis of student evaluations, supervisor observations, and other appropriate evidence.

Probationary faculty who meet the requirements stated above will be promoted to the rank of assistant professor at the end of three years.  Additional time may be given to complete the requirements when necessary.  If all requirements are not met, the faculty member will be notified of non-renewal of contract. 

Compensation for promotion to assistant professor is $1,750 plus two percent of current base salary.

Requirements for Promotion to Associate Professor

  1. Master's degree or equivalent in related experience; experience may not be substituted for a bachelor’s degree except in highly extraordinary circumstances.
  2. Three years at the assistant professor level at HCC.
  3. Three years at the excellent or outstanding performance level during the promotion period, including the year of promotion.
  4. A significant course or curriculum improvement project that strives to improve student learning including these elements:
  • Evidence of innovation
  • Design and implementation of the project
  • Evaluation of the project, including the collection of data

Up to 50 percent of the work on this project may be included under the Instructional Improvement category described in the Merit Achievement Plan.  In some situations, the division chair may approve a non-curriculum project related to program improvement or institutional enhancement.  If a non-curriculum project is approved for promotion to associate professor, it will not be approved for promotion to full professor.

  1. Completion of all activities required of probationary faculty when appropriate, or the equivalent as approved by the VPAA.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of quality teaching based on an analysis of student evaluations, supervisor observations, and other appropriate evidence.

Compensation for promotion to associate professor is $1,750 plus three percent of current base salary.

Requirements for Promotion to Full Professor

  1. Master's degree or equivalent in related experience.
  2. Four years at the associate professor level at HCC.
  3. Four years at the excellent or outstanding performance level during the promotion period, including the year of promotion.
  4. A significant course or curriculum improvement project that strives to improve student learning including these elements:
  • Evidence of innovation
  • Design and implementation of the project
  • Evaluation of the project, including the collection of data

Up to 50 percent of the work on this project may be included under the Instructional Improvement category described in the Merit Achievement Plan.  In some situations, the division chair may approve a non-curriculum project related to program improvement or institutional enhancement.  If a non-curriculum project was approved for promotion to associate professor, it will not be approved for promotion to full professor.

  1. Completion of all activities required of probationary faculty when appropriate, or the equivalent as approved by the VPAA.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of quality teaching based on an analysis of student evaluations, supervisor observations, and other appropriate evidence.
  3. Significant professional development activity within the last four years prior to promotion, including external activities. This development should total approximately 400 hours, of which up to 50 percent may be included in normal yearly expectations. Examples of significant professional development activities include: graduate courses, internships, community activities using professional skills, selective publications, selective presentations at national conferences, exhibits, and performances.

Compensation for promotion to full professor is $1,750 plus four percent of current base salary.

Effective Date: 10/11/13