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AA/PPS 04.01.21 - Research Faculty Appointments

Research Faculty Appointments

AA/PPS No. 04.01.21 (7.19)
Issue No. 2
Effective Date: 11/20/2018
Next Review Date: 10/01/2022 (E4Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Associate Provost

  1. POLICY STATEMENTS

    1. The research faculty appointment provides a route for individuals who are entering higher education from careers in private, industrial, government, or other research environments. This appointment is reserved for individuals with experiences and accomplishments with competitively-funded research programs that complement and enhance the goals of the university. The primary expectation of research faculty is in research rather than teaching and service.

    2. Research faculty members make a unique contribution to the mission of the university through the development of externally-sponsored programs, management of large-scale research programs, supervision of research teams, or other research-related activities. Research faculty may be drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds and disciplines.

    3. This policy establishes the appropriate rank and title for individuals who participate in programs that emphasize research and external funding. Research faculty may also participate in other activities that support the university’s research mission.

    4. Research faculty positions are primarily supported by extramural funds, which includes salaries and benefits.

  2. ACADEMIC RANKS AND TITLES

    1. The academic ranks and related titles in research faculty appointments will be:

      1. research assistant professor;

      2. research associate professor; and

      3. research professor.

    2. This series of ranks is established so that the university can recruit and retain individuals who are nationally recognized researchers and those who show promise for developing research programs that enhance research growth areas selected by Texas State University. The series also provides the opportunity for research faculty to seek advancement and promotion.

  3. PROCEDURES FOR HIRING AND APPOINTMENT

    1. Search and hiring procedures for research faculty appointments are described in AA/PPS No. 04.01.01, Faculty Hiring.

    2. Research faculty may be appointed at any academic rank as long as the faculty member fulfills the requirements. All appointments will recognize the individual’s professional background and contributions, as well as the potential to develop and sustain a competitively-funded research program.

    3. A faculty member on appointment as research faculty is eligible for all benefits except tenure.

    4. Research faculty appointments are annual appointments subject to annual performance and reappointment review, continuity of funding, and university need.

      1. A research assistant professor, research associate professor, or research professor may be appointed for a term not to exceed five years or, if for a lesser period of time, the time period specified, subject to annual reappointment review.

      2. A faculty member may be reappointed in the research track for one or more additional terms, contingent on satisfactory performance review, continuity of funding, and university need.

    5. Research faculty may be appointed to graduate faculty status by following the same departmental guidelines used for faculty in that particular department. Research faculty members typically do not direct graduate theses and dissertations but may serve on thesis and dissertation committees as appointed (see AA/PPS No. 04.01.30, Nomination and Evaluation Procedures for Graduate Faculty for guidelines and procedures for obtaining graduate faculty status).

    6. If a current research faculty member at Texas State pursues a tenure-track appointment at Texas State, years of service in the research role will not be considered in the determination of the initial rank of appointment and probationary period for tenure or promotion purposes. If a current tenure-track faculty member at Texas State pursues a research appointment, years of service in the tenure-track role will not be considered in the determination of the initial rank of appointment or eligibility for promotion.

  4. PROCEDURES FOR RANKINGS UPON INITIAL APPOINTMENT

    1. Research Assistant Professor – Initial appointment to the rank of research assistant professor may be extended to an individual with the following qualifications:

      1. has completed a professional credential (e.g., Ph.D.) relevant to the particular professional discipline;

      2. demonstrates research competence in the discipline;

      3. documents contributions in a research area and exhibits the potential for significant professional growth; and

      4. engages in research and scholarship through participation on grant projects, professional presentations, workshops, reports, or publications.

    2. Research Associate Professor – Initial appointment to the rank of research associate professor may be extended to an individual with the following qualifications:

      1. has completed a professional credential (Ph.D.) relevant to the particular professional discipline;

      2. demonstrates research competence in the discipline;

      3. documents contributions in a research area and exhibits the potential for continued significant professional growth;

      4. documents more than five years of independent and competitively-funded research experience beyond the terminal degree;

      5. engages in research and scholarship through grant submissions, professional presentations, workshops, reports, or publications; and

      6. demonstrates leadership in relevant professional organizations and opportunities.

    3. Research Professor – Initial appointment to the rank of research professor may be extended to an individual with the following qualifications:

      1. has completed a professional credential (Ph.D.) relevant to the particular professional discipline;

      2. demonstrates research competence in the discipline;

      3. documents contributions in a research area and exhibits the potential for continued significant professional growth;

      4. documents more than ten years of independent and competitively-funded research experience beyond the terminal degree;

      5. engages in research and scholarship through grant submissions, professional presentations, workshops, reports, or publications;

      6. demonstrates leadership in relevant professional organizations and opportunities; and

      7. documents recognition by peers for professional contributions (e.g., awards).

  5. PROCEDURES FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

    1. Appointees as research faculty are subject to annual performance review (see AA/PPS No. 04.02.10, Performance Evaluation of Continuing Faculty and Post-Tenure Review).

    2. Two areas of activity are important in the annual performance review of research faculty:

      1. development of grant proposals, participation on grant projects, and success in securing external funds to support their research efforts; and

      2. peer-reviewed contributions, including professional presentations, workshops, reports, or publications.

    3. As applicable, each department or school will develop a policy for the annual review and reappointment of research faculty. The policy should specify the level of performance expected and clarify the requirements for documenting performance in the areas above. Workload assignments for research faculty should align with the performance expectations.

  6. PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION REVIEWS

    1. Procedures for promotion to academic ranks for research faculty are described in AA/PPS No. 04.02.20, Tenure and Promotion Review.

    2. Two areas of activity are important in the evaluation of individuals for promotion in the research faculty track:

      1. success in securing external funds to support their research efforts; and

      2. peer-reviewed and published contributions.

    3. As applicable, each department or school will develop a policy for the promotion of research faculty of practice. The policy should specify the level of performance expected and clarify the requirements for documenting performance in the areas above. Workload assignments for research faculty should align with the performance expectations.

    4. Typically, faculty of practice spend five years in rank before being eligible for promotion. The year in which the promotion is reviewed will count as one of the years in rank.

  7. REVIEWER OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewer of this PPS includes the following:

      Position Date
      Associate Provost October 1 E4Y
  8. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Academic Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Associate Provost; senior reviewer of this PPS

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs