Human Resources

Professor (Level E)

Further information

Teaching and research staff promotion

A member of academic staff seeking promotion to Professor (Level E) will be expected to have demonstrated exceptionally distinguished scholarly achievements and will normally be recognised as an eminent international authority in his/her discipline.

  1. Introduction
  2. Teaching and Learning
  3. Research and scholarship and/or other relevant creative work
  4. Service

Introduction

The applicant will be required to have made outstanding contributions in all areas including research, teaching and service and to have made an exceptional contribution to scholarship by teaching or research. Service to the University, the applicant's profession and the community is expected.

Academic staff whose contributions are primarily in research rather than in all three areas of teaching, research and service, may wish to apply for promotion to Professorial Fellow (Research). Academic staff whose contributions are primarily in teaching and learning rather than all three areas of teaching, research and service, may wish to apply for promotion to Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning).

Where applicants seeking promotion have fractional appointments, the University expects the same level and quality of achievements and recognition as full time academic staff. In terms of the quantity of output, such as teaching load, research publications and service, the expectation is of at least pro-rata output consistent with the level of achievement required for promotion.

The Academic Promotions Committee will give due consideration to matters such as fractional or joint appointments and interrupted careers (perhaps due to caring responsibilities or illness) and differing opportunities for research output by comparing rates of achievement rather than total aggregates. Applicants must advise the Committee of these circumstances

When assessing an application the Committee will take account of an applicant's entire body of work, with a particular focus on the achievements since their last promotion.

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Teaching and Learning

Criteria

Applicants should demonstrate an outstanding professional contribution and commitment to high quality teaching at all levels and a leadership role in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of educational policy and curriculum areas within the discipline. Applicants are expected to have made original, innovative and distinguished contributions to the advancement of teaching in the discipline.

Teaching standard

A Professor (Level E) supports and promotes student learning through an outstanding contribution in a leadership role, including a demonstrated contribution to the development of learning and teaching communities within the university and more widely and in peer review and mentoring. A Professor (Level E) demonstrates distinguished, original and innovative contributions to the advancement of teaching and learning in the discipline and/or university community, including the incorporation of research, scholarship and/or professional practice in to teaching activities.

The applicant can address the promotion criteria in teaching, and demonstrate that they have made significant advances towards meeting the Professorial (Level E) teaching standard by drawing on evidence gathered on their teaching activities contained in the teaching criteria framework and contextualised in the relevant discipline.

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Research and scholarship and/or other relevant creative work

Applicants will need to show evidence of substantial and significant research and scholarship (or other creative work, in the case of appointments in the Arts).

This may be demonstrated in a number of ways, including:

  • publication in refereed journals, books, performances and other scholarly works, invitations to present keynote addresses at international meetings and to write chapters in international books, election to learned academies and other recognition such as awards, prizes and honorary degrees
  • fostering the research of other groups and individuals in the School, and within related disciplines
  • successful supervision of post graduate students and willingness to supervise major Honours or Postgraduate research projects
  • experience in the development of research policy

Documentation should include evidence of completed publications (or the equivalent including patents granted, compositions performed and reviewed, paintings exhibited and favourably reviewed, successful product marketing, etc.) with emphasis on the period since appointment or any past promotion. References to publications should be given in full with, for example, exact pagination and dating. Outstanding performance on indicators 1 and 2 is essential as is demonstrated international recognition and/or outstanding rating on one or more of the other indicators.

  1. Publication in refereed journals or series, or by publishers recognised as leaders in the field:

    Applicants should demonstrate the quality of their output, for instance, by giving a brief explanation of the quality and reputation of the refereed journals or publishing houses which have produced their work. In studio arts or architecture there is a range equivalent to that of publications, from appearance in juried shows or collections, an invited one-person show at a distinguished gallery or institution, through to an appearance at a mixed gallery – this last being roughly the equivalent of the selected conference paper for other academic disciplines.

    As with research publications, in the Arts it will be the quality, status and recognition of works that will be considered and assessed. For example, in musical composition, the work or the soloist will need to have been chosen for performance in a competitive or highly selective context, or be favourably reviewed by independent reviewers. For both research publications and creative works in the Arts, work presented or published in less prestigious formats will also be considered but will depend more heavily for its weighting on independent and authoritative assessment of merit as in 2 or 4 below.

  2. High ratings of the publications and other research or creative work as attested (where appropriate) by citations indices, by references in published literature which cite the applicant's work as definitive or in letters from distinguished scholars or critics in the field (a substantial number of whom must come from outside The University of Western Australia).
  3. Value to industry of knowledge, processes and products developed.
  4. Favourable published reviews of the publications or creative works.
  5. Awards by professional associations for outstanding research or creative work.
  6. Invitations to positions, lectures or demonstration at outstanding institutions or leading professional conferences.
  7. Grants based on competitive jury recommendations.
  8. Research leadership, as evidenced by team achievements or, with suitable justifications, citation indices.
  9. Breadth of expertise.
  10. Any other clear evidence of exceptional contribution to the chosen field.

Research publications and other achievements should be organised under the headings used by the University in the evaluation of research output of Schools.

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Service

Service at The University of Western Australia is normally considered under three headings:

  • Academic citizenship
  • Professional leadership within the University
  • Community service and leadership

All applicants for promotion will need to document their contributions to Service in a Service Folio.

Academic citizenship

  • Demonstration of high standards of professional behaviour - as documented in the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct
  • Sustained contribution to the development of a collegial and supportive work environment

Professional leadership in the University

  • Sustained contribution to University governance
  • Regular contribution to policy development

Community leadership and service

  • Sustained service to the discipline/profession at local, state, national or international levels
  • Community service through teaching
  • Community service through sharing of academic expertise

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