Brigham Young University granted five faculty members from the McKay School Department of Teacher Education continuing faculty status (CFS) and rank advancement.
“We worked really hard to try and adjust to the rising bar to make [rank and status advancement],” said Department of Teacher Education Chair Michael Tunnell. “I’m certainly pleased we fared so well. We worked hard to help faculty members prepare to make it through the process.”
Terrell Young, whose teaching interest is children’s literature, and who came to BYU as a full professor, was granted CFS. The following individuals were granted rank advancement and CFS: Ramona Cutri, Erika Feinauer, Melissa Newberry, and Erin Whiting.
“Things have really changed in higher education about what will make you successful or not,” Newberry said about the rank and status process. “There is a lot of critique. It’s not an endeavor for the faint-hearted. It is taxing emotionally and intellectually.”
During a third-year review, the department, college, and university administration evaluate the candidate’s performance in three areas: scholarship, teaching, and citizenship. In the scholarship category, frequently viewed as the most critical component, published work and research projects in the candidate’s discipline and areas of expertise are scrutinized. For teaching, candidates are judged by a variety of criteria, including student and peer evaluations. Teaching materials created by the candidate are also considered. For citizenship purposes, service on committees within the university and in one’s broader academic community is considered, as well as service to colleagues.
When the sixth-year review occurs, candidates submit another dossier documenting their accomplishments and progress. The administration then decides whether to award CFS and advancement to associate professor.
Five years after receiving CFS and associate professorship, an individual is eligible to petition for full professorship. The application is rigorous and includes similar comprehensive documentation in support of the petition.
Writer: Fran Djoukeng
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