RUL 05.67.702 – Department of Mathematics Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Standards and Procedures

Authority: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: November 15, 1999. Last Revised: January 17, 2008.

Related Policies: 
NCSU RUL05.67.706 – College of Sciences Standards and Procedures for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure
NCSU POL05.20.01 – Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure
NCSU REG05.20.20 – Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Dossier Format Requirements
NCSU REG05.20.27 – Statements of Mutual Expectations

Additional References:
Office of the Provost RPT Website

Contact Info:  Department Head, Mathematics, (919-515-7720)


1. Introduction

For the purposes of reappointment, tenure, and promotion, the Department of Mathematics uses the following standards. They are in congruence with NCSU RUL05.67.706 – College of Sciences Standards and Procedures for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure and NCSU POL05.20.01 – Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure.

Hereafter in this rule, “senior faculty” refers to tenured full professors, and  “junior faculty” refers to tenured or tenure track assistant professors and tenured or tenure track associate professors.

2. Areas of Faculty Responsibility

For the faculty in the Department of Mathematics the three major realms of responsibility are: teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, discovery of knowledge through discipline-guided inquiry, and service in professional societies and within the University.  For reappointment, tenure, and promotion, all faculty will be evaluated in these three realms with the Statement of Mutual Expectations detailing the individual’s responsibilities.

3. General Standards

Some indicators of achievement in the three realms are listed below.  Faculty members are not expected to have accomplishments for every item listed.

3.1. Teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students

3.1.1. A sustained record of positive course and instructor evaluations by students and peers.

3.1.2. Participation in curriculum development and educational innovation efforts.

3.1.3. Direction of graduate student research leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

3.1.4. Supervision of undergraduate research or independent study.

3.1.5. Undergraduate and graduate student advising.

3.1.6. Service on graduate student committees.

3.1.7. Mentoring postdocs.

3.1.8. Grant and contract proposals in support of education: submitted, and/or funded.

3.1.9. Authorship of educational materials such as texts, educational software, and web-based courses.

3.1.10. Refereed publications related to teaching and curriculum.

3.1.11. Invitations to present creative work in education.

3.1.12. Honors and awards.

3.2. Discovery of knowledge through discipline-guided inquiry

3.2.1. A sustained record of research including publication in high-quality journals.

3.2.2. Publications in refereed proceedings, book chapters, etc.

3.2.3. Authorship of books containing research results.

3.2.4. Grant and contract proposals: submitted, and/or funded.

3.2.5. Invitations to present research findings in lectures outside NC State.

3.2.6. Positive letters from external reviewers.

3.2.7. Honors and awards.

3.3. Service in professional societies and within the University itself

3.3.1. Service on departmental, college, and university committees or administration.

3.3.2. Mentoring junior faculty and teaching assistants.

3.3.3. Editorial work for journals and professional societies.

3.3.4. Refereeing and reviewing for journals, funding agencies, etc.

3.3.5. Activity in professional societies.

3.3.6. Organization of meetings and workshops.

3.3.7. Participation in and organization of departmental seminars.

3.3.8. Outreach.

3.3.9. Student recruitment.

4. Standards for Reappointment as Assistant Professor

4.1. Evidence of growth beyond dissertation in research program and good reputation in the profession.

4.2. Evidence that scholarly activity and productivity will continue.

4.3. Effective, high-quality teaching as evidenced by student and peer evaluations.

4.4. Evidence of participation in departmental, university, and professional affairs.

5. Standards for Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

5.1. Established research program and reputation in the profession.

5.2. Letters from external reviewers stating that work is recognized and valued.

5.3. Evidence that scholarly activity and productivity will continue.

5.4. Effective high-quality teaching as evidenced by student and peer evaluations.

5.5. Evidence of supervision of M.S. or Ph.D. students.

5.6. Evidence of participation in departmental, university, and professional affairs.

6. Standards for Promotion to Professor

6.1. Highly productive, sustained, and nationally visible research program.

6.2. National/international reputation in area of expertise.

6.3. Evidence that scholarly activity and productivity will continue.

6.4. Sustained record of high-quality, effective teaching.

6.5. Evidence of successful supervision of Ph.D. students.

6.6. Evidence of participation in departmental, university, and professional affairs.

7. Procedures for RPT Review 

7.1. Promotion and Tenure Committee

The standing departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee (PTC) consists of three full professors appointed by the Department Head in consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee.  No member of PTC will serve more than three consecutive years.

7.2. PTC Report

During the spring semester the PTC evaluates the activity reports, teaching evaluations, and the current resume of each assistant and associate professor. The PTC report is presented to the Department Voting Faculty (DVF) before the end of the spring semester.

7.3. Nominations for non-mandatory promotion

Nominations for non-mandatory promotion may be made by the PTC, DVF, or by self-selection. The DVF deliberates, votes, and provides an assessment and recommendation to the department head and each nominee. Nominees should consult with the Department Head before deciding to continue the promotion process.

7.4. Selection of External Evaluators

The Department Head works with each faculty member (except for Adjuncts) that has been selected for candidacy for promotion, and their research/teaching mentors, to develop a list of external reviewers in compliance with University guidelines. By the end of June the Department Head requests reviews from the chosen list of external reviewers for inclusion in the dossier.