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The language of this section was approved in its current form by the faculty at its meeting of April 30, 2012.

The following summarize the regulations, guidelines, and procedures for appointment, reappointment, and promotion of librarians. Details of these guidelines and procedures are contained in the Library Faculty Handbook, which replaces, for librarians, the following parts of Chapter III of this Handbook: Sections C 2–12, 17, D, and E.

The Master of Library Science (MLS), Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS), Master of Information Science (MIS), or an equivalent degree is recognized as the appropriate terminal degree for librarians at Colgate. Normally, the degree must be from a program accredited by the American Library Association or other appropriate accrediting agency. Librarians may be hired at one of four ranks: Instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor.

 

1. Appointments by Rank

Appointment at the rank of Instructor will be made in exceptional cases only. Librarians appointed at the rank of Instructor must:

a. be within one academic term of completing an appropriate terminal degree

b. submit references and demonstrate academic achievement and other characteristics that evidence potential for successful overall performance as a librarian at Colgate.

Instructors are hired for one year only. Instructors who perform satisfactorily, and who complete the requirements for their terminal degree by the end of their appointment, receive one-year probationary appointments as assistant professors.

Assistant professor is the normal appointment for entry-level librarians. Librarians appointed at the rank of Assistant professor must:

a. hold an appropriate terminal degree

b. submit references and demonstrate academic achievement and other characteristics that evidence potential for successful overall performance as a librarian at Colgate.

Assistant professors receive a maximum of three one-year appointments followed by one three-year appointment. Assistant professors must stand for promotion by December of the sixth year of their employment. After consultation with their supervisor and the university librarian, they may stand for promotion during the fall semester of any year.

Librarians appointed at or promoted to the rank of associate professor must:

a. satisfy all requirements for appointments at the lower rank

b. demonstrate, through documented past performance, success in independent performance of library responsibilities, commitment to the library profession, and service to the university.

Associate professors who have passed a comprehensive review will receive continuing appointment. Associate professors may stand for promotion during the fall semester of any year.

Librarians appointed at or promoted to the rank of professor must:

a. satisfy all requirements for appointment at the lower ranks

b. demonstrate, through documented past performance, successful independent performance of library responsibilities, outstanding commitment to the library profession as evidenced by a national reputation, and service to the university.

Professors who have passed a comprehensive review will receive continuing appointment.1

 

2. Probationary Appointment All librarians, regardless of rank, initially receive one year probationary appointments. Librarians on probationary appointments must undergo a comprehensive review in accordance with the schedule in the Library Faculty Handbook. Upon successful completion of the review, librarians will receive either a multiple-year appointment at the rank of assistant professor or continuing appointment. Librarians who fail to pass comprehensive review are awarded a one year terminal appointment or a single additional probationary appointment followed by an additional comprehensive review.

 

3. Guidelines for Reappointment and Promotion Decisions about reappointment and promotion of library faculty at Colgate University are based upon the quality of performance in three areas: university library responsibilities, commitment to the library profession, and service to the university community. The quality of performance in these three areas will be evaluated in two ways: annual evaluation and Comprehensive Review. In addition, comprehensive review — other than for promotion to professor — may take into account institutional need in relation to the candidate’s area of specialization.

Comprehensive reviews are conducted by a review committee of librarians in accordance with policies and procedures defined by the Library Faculty Handbook. For each comprehensive review committee, the Faculty Committee on Promotion and Tenure appoints a tenured member of the instructional faculty to serve as an observer in an oversight capacity.

 

 


Footnotes

1 The term “continuing appointment” denotes an appointment that is no longer subject to periodic comprehensive peer review. All librarians are subject to annual contracts and annual evaluations.

 

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