Part 7 – Information for Librarians and Research, Teaching, Practitioner and Clinical (RTPC) Faculty (UCAPT)

7.1 Information on Librarian Promotions and Appointments

For librarians, the President receives the advice of the University Committee on Librarian Appointments, Promotions and Continuing Appointments (see Faculty Handbook 4-H (1)). Librarians must possess a strong service commitment along with a theoretical, broadly-based understanding of how information is created, organized, disseminated, accessed, preserved, and recast to encourage new discoveries. The primary emphasis in promotions and the grant of continuing appointments to librarians is on excellent professional performance in discharging the librarian’s responsibilities. Librarians demonstrate excellence by having a significant impact on the development and implementation of high quality collections and services. Unlike promotions for faculty on the tenure track, letters of evaluation should be sought from a collection of reviewers who are both external to and internal to USC, including faculty members and other librarians, to assess both excellence in librarianship and  the impact that the candidate has had on the wider field of librarianship or information science.

7.2 Information on RTPC Promotions

For RTPC promotions, the President receives the advice of the University Committee on Research, Teaching, Practitioner, and Clinical (RTPC) Promotions (see Faculty Handbook 4-H (1)). The committee includes both RTPC faculty and tenured members of UCAPT. An appropriate ad hoc panel, including RTPC members, will be appointed for each case, which may include members of the standing committee, ad hoc members, or both.

When a dean concurs with the advice of a faculty committee on a RTPC track promotion, that is a final decision under the authority delegated by the President (see Faculty Handbook 4-A). When a dean does not concur with the advice of a faculty committee on a RTPC track promotion, the file will automatically be referred to this committee for its recommendation, and the Provost will then decide.

School guidelines on RTPC promotions should explain the weight and metrics for scholarship, teaching, and service, and must be approved by the Provost after consultation with the Executive Board of the Academic Senate (see Faculty Handbook 4-G).

Contact the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs for approval of appropriate modifications of the usual UCAPT process and criteria.