Promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer Criteria
To be promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer, the candidate must demonstrate a record of excellence in classroom teaching and a satisfactory level of service in support of teaching.
Excellence in teaching is defined as pedagogy that involves outstanding classroom performances and satisfactory pedagogical service activities. Excellence in teaching may be demonstrated through evidence of:
Excellence in classroom teaching in the following measures,
- Carrying a teaching load that is appropriate for the department/unit;
- Development of detailed and clear course syllabi and instructional materials that are updated as appropriate;
- Professional classroom interactions and constructive engagement with students;
- Focus on learning outcomes for students that are appropriate to university and national standards;
- Adoption of innovations to improve teaching and learning outcomes;
- Results from student assessments and peer evaluations that are sufficiently strong to lend support to a conclusion that the candidate is an excellent instructor;
Satisfactory pedagogical service, such as (but not limited to):
- Active participation in curricular development and/or other relevant committee service;
- Engaged advising and mentoring of students;
- Supervision of student research and internships.
Very good teaching is defined as pedagogy that involves evidence of outstanding classroom performances and satisfactory pedagogical service activities, but the classroom teaching is not excellence in measures defined above and/or the service is not satisfactory.
Effective teaching is defined as pedagogy that involves evidence of high-quality instruction in the classroom and a commitment to student success.
Ineffective teaching is pedagogy that does not meet effective classroom performance.
The School requires six (6) solicited letters that testify to the candidate’s excellence in teaching and satisfactory service according to the above-stated criteria. The letters can be solicited from any combination of referees, internal or external to Indiana University. Internal referees should be individuals outside the department/unit who are at a rank comparable to Senior Lecturer or above. External referees can be individuals at peer institutions at a rank comparable to Senior Lecturer or above, or those holding relevant non-academic positions if they are at a level comparable to that of a Senior Lecturer. Referees should not hold any compromising relationships with the candidate (mentor, student, collaborator, former colleague, familial attachments, commercial ties, etc.). There may be exceptions to these rules but they should be justified in the chair (or dean’s) letter. The letters should come from two lists, one proposed by the candidate and one proposed by the department/unit leader (or promotion review committee), and letters in the dossier must include three from each list. Deans must approve all referees proposed in these lists before letters are solicited, and the letters must be requested and received by the department/unit leader.