Governance Structures

PROFESSORIATE CAREER STRUCTURE POLICY

Date first approved:

6 December 2013

Date of effect:

6 December 2013

Date last amended:

12 July 2016

Date of Next Review:

12 July 2019

First Approved by:

University Council

Custodian title & e-mail address:

Director Human Resources

hr_staff@uow.edu.au

Author:

Director Human Resources

Responsible Division & Unit:

Human Resources Division

Supporting documents, procedures & forms of this policy:

Application form for Senior and Distinguished Professor

Relevant Legislation &

External Documents:

University of Wollongong (Academic Staff) Enterprise Agreement, 2011

Audience:

Public – accessible to anyone

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Contents

1 Purpose of Policy 3

2 Definitions 3

3 Application & Scope 3

4 Policy Principles 3

5 Process for Nominating and Appointing a P2 or P3 Professor 4

6 Criteria 4

7 Term of Appointment 5

8 Conditions of Appointment 5

9 Version Control and Change History 7

      1 Purpose of Policy

      1. The University is committed to providing career pathways and recognition for our more exceptional academics to realise their professional aspirations and build our capacity to drive the University’s world class research.

      2. In an increasingly competitive higher education environment, it is critical to have a comprehensive reward and recognition framework. This policy forms part of that framework. Its purpose is to provide a mechanism to formally acknowledge, reward and retain Professors at the University of Wollongong who have achieved significant distinction and high level international recognition as an outstanding leader in their field/discipline. It may also be used as an attraction strategy for the recruitment of world class professors.

      2 Definitions

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

 

Professor (P1)

Level E as per the University of Wollongong (Academic Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2011

Professor (P2)

‘Senior’ Professor - Nominated and appointed as per this Policy

Professor (P3)

‘Distinguished’ Professor - Nominated and appointed as per this Policy

Note – It is anticipated that the title Senior Professor may be used only for specific external purposes (for example grant applications may benefit from identifying the Professor as being in a special category), whereas P3 Professors will carry the designation of Distinguished Professor.

      3 Application & Scope

        1. Under this policy Professors who:

          a. have or are being offered a continuing or fixed-term contract of employment with the University of Wollongong; and

          b. have attained a position as a full Professor through promotion or appointment at UOW or an internationally recognised University and who have normally held such professorial appointment for a minimum of 5 years; or

          c. have been awarded the title of ‘Distinguished Professor’ at another internationally recognised University;

        Are eligible to be considered for appointment as a P2 or P3 Professor in accordance with the procedures and criteria set out in this policy.

      4 Policy Principles

      1. This policy is designed to recognise the most outstanding Professors of the University who have achieved world class eminence as an academic in their field, have a sustained record of achievement and who have or will make an excellent contribution to the culture of the University of Wollongong including through leadership of more junior staff.

      2. The number of P3 Professors therefore shall not normally exceed 7%, and P2 Professors 20%, of the total number of Professorial (Level E) appointments within the University.

      3. Normally any progression would be from P1 to P2 and P2 to P3.

    5 Process for Nominating and Appointing a P2 or P3 Professor

      1. To be eligible to be considered for appointment as a P2 or P3 Professor, a Professor must:

          a. meet the requirements as set out under section 6 below; and

          b. be supported by the relevant Head of School and Executive Dean on the recommendation of the Faculty Promotion Committee or the relevant selection committee.

      2. The nomination must be supported by a full C.V of the nominee, including names and contact details of at least five referees of international standing who can attest to research and/or teaching performance, and a case addressing the criteria for appointment as set out under section 6 below.

      3. Supported nominations will be considered by a Committee comprising:

          a. The Vice-Chancellor (Chair)

          b. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

          c. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

          d. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy)

          e. Three (3) Distinguished Professors of UOW.

      4. The Committee will usually meet once annually around the same time as the annual central Professorial Promotion Committee but may meet as and when required at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor.

      5. The Committee may at its discretion choose whether to interview the staff member under consideration.

      6. The Committee may at its discretion nominate referees who are respected international leaders in the field and seek reports or gather other information as is deemed necessary as part of the process of assessing nominations.

      7. Initially for the introduction of the P2 and P3 categories, and then in exceptional circumstances, the Vice-Chancellor may invite a Professor to become a P2 or P3 Professor.

    6 Criteria

      1. Criteria for the P2 category and award of the title ‘Senior’ Professor:

          a. Recognised internationally for an outstanding level of sustained and significant leadership achievement within their discipline

          b. A high-performing leader of research activities, with significant success in obtaining research grants and demonstrating strong impact of research activities

          c. Sustained high level performance in scholarship and publication, making significant contributions to their discipline within the organisation and in their field of expertise

          d. Significant leader in inter-disciplinary research and/or teaching and learning initiatives across the organisation (for example, Global Challenges)

          e. Successful and sustained leadership and supervision of post-graduate students and early career academics and academic staff through mentoring and collaboration

          f. Recognition as a significant contributor to the culture of UOW demonstrating respect and valuing of people in all interactions

          g. Appointment as a Professor (Level E) normally for a minimum of 5 years, with expected capacity to continue to perform in line with the above criteria.

      2. Criteria for the P3 category and award of the title of Distinguished Professor:

          a. Renowned international recognition for sustained and exceptional leadership achievement in their discipline, and preferably more broadly (expected to be in the top 1% of their field)

          b. An outstanding leader of research activities, with exceptional success in obtaining research grants (including competitive national and international grants) and demonstrating excellent impact of research activities

          c. Sustained excellent performance in scholarship and publication, making outstanding contributions to their discipline within the organisation and in their field of expertise

          d. Highly regarded leader in inter-disciplinary research and/or teaching and learning initiatives across the organisation (for example, Global Challenges).

          e. Outstanding and sustained leadership and supervision of post-graduate students and early career academics and academic staff through mentoring and collaboration

          f. Recognition as a significant contributor to the culture of UOW demonstrating respect and valuing of people in all interactions

          g. Appointment as a P2 Professor (or external equivalent) normally for a minimum of 5 years, with expected capacity to continue to perform in line with the above criteria.

      3. For both P2 and particularly P3 categories high level public recognition beyond the field of expertise which brings favourable recognition to the University will be well regarded. Such recognition may include:

          a. Prestigious awards and prizes e.g. Nobel Prize, Australia Prize, Prime Minister’s Prize, Fields Medal

          b. Prestigious fellowship such as a Federation or Laureate Fellowship or equivalent.

          c. Election to one of the Australian academies (such as the Academy of Science) or international academies of global standing.

    7 Term of Appointment

      1. Appointments will be for a period of up to five (5) years.

      2. A P2 or P3 Professor will be entitled to be nominated for a consecutive term/s. Re-appointment will be via the process above and contingent upon demonstrating they continue to meet the criteria set out in 6 above.

      3. Appointments cease on retirement or resignation.

    8 Conditions of Appointment

      1. A P2 or P3 Professor may be paid a salary supplement for the duration of the term.

      2. The amount of the supplement will be determined by the Vice-Chancellor who will consider factors including but not limited to salary relativities and market forces. Normally however, P2 Professors will attract a 10% loading and P3 Professors a 25% loading as well as the title Distinguished Professor. These loadings will generally not be payable where a Professor already receives an equivalent or higher salary or salary loading.

      9 Version Control and Change History

Version Control

Date Effective

Approved By

Amendment

1

20131201

University Council

First version

2

20160712

Vice Chancellor

Title updates; minor editorial changes as marked; Addition of criteria for interactive behaviour of ‘Senior’ (P2) Professors; rebrand and minor formatting.

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