All appointments, promotions, terminations, and changes in salary for professional researchers will be recommended by the chair of the departments (or directors of designated programs) concerned in accordance with procedures approved by the dean of the faculty.
Such recommendations are submitted to the dean of the faculty for approval. Recommendations relating to the ranks of senior research (by discipline) and research (by discipline) will be submitted by the dean of the faculty to the C/7 for advice.
Except in rare and unusual circumstances, all recommendations for promotions and changes in salary are submitted during the spring as part of the annual review of rank and salary levels for all professional researchers. Topics of review include responsibilities, performance, and research contributions. The fair and frank assessment of an appropriate supervisor should be formulated and transmitted to each researcher. The method by which this communication takes place may vary with supervisors and departments. Each researcher is entitled to an appraisal statement that reflects what is submitted to the dean of the faculty as part of the annual salary review. The review provides a natural occasion for considering continuation of appointment for researchers serving without continuing appointment and to ensure that salary levels and ranks are appropriate. Associate research (by discipline) who are entering the final years of eligibility for this rank should be given a realistic assessment of the probability of promotion to the rank of research (by discipline) with continuing appointment.
Appointment or promotion to the research (by discipline) and senior research (by discipline) ranks is based primarily on excellence in original and creative research as demonstrated by the individual's publications, by letters of recommendation from authorities in his/her area of competence outside the University, and by the vote of the tenured faculty members of the department according to procedures approved by the dean of the faculty.
Appointment or advancement (from the postdoctoral ranks) to the rank of Associate research (by discipline) is similarly based primarily on demonstrated research skills as demonstrated and on the recommendation of the department head or center/institute director.
Skill in the administration/coordination of research programs or in the design, maintenance, and operation of instrumentation and equipment does not constitute a basis for appointment to any researcher rank. The predominance of such skills is more appropriately recognized by appointment or advancement (from the postdoctoral ranks) to a professional specialist rank.
Although recognized as important to the successful operation of a department, center, or institute, demonstrated ability in teaching, whether in a laboratory or classroom, does not constitute a basis for appointment or promotion to any researcher rank. Competence in teaching is more appropriately recognized by appointment to the teaching faculty. Members of the researcher ranks are also occasionally invited to teach in one of the academic departments of the University.
In accordance with the University's commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, all initial appointment recommendations must be accompanied by documentary evidence that a thorough search has been made to locate the most qualified applicant for the position. Departments, projects, and programs are also urged to review their promotion decisions in the light of the University's commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action principles.
Researchers who combine teaching with their research duties are given the additional title of Lecturer during the semester when they are assigned to teach and upon recommendation of the department chair and approval of the dean of the faculty.