Spring 2019 Faculty Promotion Series

Presenting a Strong Promotion Case
Fri, March 22, 2:30-4 pm


For faculty preparing promotion packages to full professor or senior/principal lecturer, campus leaders will serve on a discussion panel including Provost Ellen Granberg.

Are you an associate professor, lecturer, or senior lecturer planning to pursue promotion this year?  Join Provost Granberg and colleagues who have experience with the promotion process for a discussion on how to present a strong promotion case.


  • Ellen Granberg, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President
  • Chris Licata, Ed.D., Senior Vice Provost
  • Eileen Feeney Bushnell, MFA, Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair, School of Art, CAD
  • Brian Landi, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering, KGCOE
  • André O. Hudson, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Gosnell School of Life Sciences (GSoLS), COS
  • Marca Lam, PhD., Principal Lecturer, KGCOE
  • Sophia Maggelakis, Ph.D., Dean, COS
  • Jim Perkins, MFA, CMI, FAMI, Professor and Graduate Director, Medical Illustration, CHST

Sample of topics discussed at previous offerings of this workshop:   

  • Examples of a strategies used in a promotion package that was particularly outstanding.
  • Common mistakes that candidates make in preparing their package.
  • Suggestions on packaging the narrative to address needs of promotion guidelines.

University & College Policies

Thur, April 18, 2:30-4pm

Covers university and college-level policy on promotion (E6.0) to full professor or senior/principal lecturer. Topics include promotion requirements and timeline; and strategies for listing accomplishments in scholarship, service, and teaching.
  Pre-session homework:  Bring the university policy AND your college policy on promotion to professor or senior/principal lecturer.

Facilitated by:

  • Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E., Interim Director of AdvanceRIT, NSF ADVANCE PI, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, KGCOE
  • Paul Craig, Ph.D., Professor and Head, School of Chemistry & Materials Science,COS
  • Betsy Dell, Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty, Professor-Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology and Graduate Program Director: Manufacturing & Mechanical Systems Integration, CET

External Letters/Research Statements
Fri, May 3, 2:30-4 pm
This interactive session is for faculty preparing promotion packages to full professor and covers preparation of materials for external reviewers. 

How do you best prepare materials for external reviewers and identify potential reviewers?  Get a copy of a colleague’s promotion package (or a portion, such as their research statement). We will not share these with each other. We can discuss what we learned from reviewing someone else’s statement:

  • How well did they sell their work?
  • Were there interesting strategies/formatting used?
  • Were there things you thought could have been done better?)

Contact at least one potential external reviewer (some of you have already had to complete this!). We will share strategies for selecting the reviewers and our experience with the process. Did they say yes? What does the university policy say regarding external letters?  Bring with you information from your college policy. 

Pre-session Homework:  Identify what you want external reviewers to write about – are there specific areas that would be best addressed by different people?  Bring an exemplar promotion package from a colleague who was recently promoted.  Also, bring the university policy AND *your* college policy on promotion to professor.

Facilitated by:

  • Carol Marchetti, Ph.D., Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, COS 
  • Sara Schley, Ed.D., Professor, NTID and Director, Research Center for Teaching and Learning


Hosted by Faculty Career Development in the Innovative Learning Institute, the Promotion Package Prep (P-Cubed) group, and AdvanceRIT.