The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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Career Progression for Instructional Academic Staff (ACS 9.1)

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1. PURPOSE

2. RESPONSIBLE OFFICER

3. SCOPE

4. BACKGROUND

5. DEFINITIONS

6. POLICY STATEMENT

ACS 9.1. Instructional Academic Staff.

Instructional academic staff in the lecturer title may progress through a series of title prefixes based on the degree of involvement in course and curriculum development, course scheduling, advising and subject matter expertise. The following prefixes are available and may be applied for through the Academic Staff Title Change Request procedure described in Chapter 10.

(1) Associate. An Associate Lecturer is one who independently teaches one or more courses subject to broad guidelines describing the scope of the subject matter to be taught and the topics to be covered. Effective classroom delivery, testing and grading are the primary duties expected of lecturers at this level. In practice at UW Oshkosh, the Associate prefix is used primarily for individuals with bachelor’s degrees.

(2) No Prefix. A Lecturer at this level has the experience and academic qualifications needed to develop and teach one or more courses subject to broad guidelines describing the scope of the subject matter to be covered. However, the specific topics to be covered are left to the independent judgement of the Lecturer. At this level, a Lecturer may be involved in various instruction related activities. These may include undergraduate advising, assisting in developing lab safety protocols, course scheduling, curriculum development, participating in departmental outreach programs or other instructional activities. In practice at UW Oshkosh, Lecturer is used primarily for individuals with master’s and Ph.D. degrees.

(3) Senior.

(a) A Senior Lecturer has extensive teaching experience and subject matter expertise in an academic discipline. A lecturer at this level has gained a reputation among his or her peers for demonstrably sustained superior contributions to teaching within a department or division. At this level, the academic staff member is expected to exercise independent selection, organization and development of course content, instructional materials, and instructional approaches. Involvement with committees engaged in supporting this development is typical. However, the direct delivery of instruction is the primary responsibility of individuals holding this title. In practice at UW Oshkosh, “extensive teaching experience” is interpreted in this context as at least five continuous years of full time teaching or at least seven continuous years of part time teaching (continuous, in this case refers to sequential service regardless of the type of contract).

(b) Senior Lecturer II (working title, only at UW Oshkosh): A Senior Lecturer II has significant teaching experience and subject matter expertise in an academic discipline. A lecturer at this level meets the expectations for instruction for a Senior Lecturer in every way. Although the direct delivery of instruction is the primary responsibility of individuals holding this title, service to the department and the broader University mission are expected. Such contributions may include, but are not limited to, new course development, contributions to the University Studies Program other than teaching, individualized direction of undergraduate scholarly activity such as directing a thesis or a participation on a capstone committee, community outreach, CAPP liaison, K12 outreach, academic advising, advising a student organization, participation in the University’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning programs, membership on the Senate of the Academic Staff or other administrative committees, grant writing, guest lectures, and/or participation in campus symposiums or other forums. Contributions to ones’ discipline through research publications, conference presentations, editorial activity, or reviews may be also considered as factors in the promotion evaluation; however, they are not a prerequisite for promotion. In practice at UW Oshkosh, “significant teaching experience” is interpreted in this context as at least nine years of full time equivalent teaching at the University and at least four years of experience at Senior Lecturer level.

(4) Clinical Appointments – College of Nursing

(a) Clinical Instructor. A clinical instructor is one who instructs students in a clinical setting within guidelines from a mentor or area facilitator. In practice at UW Oshkosh, this title is used by instructional academic staff in nursing with a master’s degree and one year of clinical practice within the past three years in the area of assigned teaching.

(b) Clinical Assistant Professor. A clinical assistant professor independently selects, organizes and develops course content and instructional materials. In practice at UW Oshkosh, this title is used by instructional academic staff with a master’s degree and an advanced practice certification of specialty practice, or formal study beyond a master’s in nursing. The title also requires a minimum of three years of clinical practice in the area of assigned teaching and one year of full-time college teaching.

(c) Clinical Associate Professor. A clinical associate professor is one who can demonstrate evidence of outstanding contributions to teaching, clinical practice, and services, including recognition by others in the profession for demonstrably sustained superior contributions. In practice at UW Oshkosh, this title is used by instructional academic staff with a doctorate in nursing or related field, a minimum of five years full-time teaching, and five years clinical practice in the area of clinical specialty.

ACS 9.3. Salary Adjustment.

When an employee is promoted within the same title series or advanced to a position of greater responsibility in a different title series, a salary increase shall occur. The salary increase shall be no less than the greater of: (1) the minimum of the salary range for the new title, or (2) five percent (5%) greater than the current salary.

ACS 9.4. Procedures for Promotion.

An employee who has met the eligibility criteria for a promotion may request a promotion by following the established procedures for requesting a change in academic staff title (see Chapter 10).

7. REFERENCES

8. PROCEDURES

9. REVISION HISTORY