ECM Faculty Focus
If you are an academic staff member considering applying for Academic Promotion, then you will find this website very useful.
This site sets out the process for applying for academic promotion, which if being considered for the first time, may be daunting!
As an internationally competitive research-intensive institution, The University of Western Australia encourages its academic staff to seek promotion, and in a timely manner.
The prime objective is to recognise and reward excellent staff. There are no quotas and all staff meeting the promotion standards can advance. Contributions to teaching, research and service are all highly valued.
The Academic Promotions Committee (APC) meets monthly (with the exception of January) which means that staff have the flexibility to prepare their applications for promotion at a time convenient to them. Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) offers regular workshops to assist staff on promotion procedures.
The Executive Officer to the Academic Promotions Committee (HR Directorate), Elizabeth Hutchinson, offers a Thursday morning appointment service, where staff members can ask questions face-to-face, receive guidance regarding the overall process, how to address the criteria, what to include and what to leave out. Also, you can view examples of successful Academic Portfolios which will assist you in preparing your own application.
For members of academic staff new to this process taking advantage of this service will help to avoid delays in the processing of an application and hopefully result in a positive outcome.
Elizabeth may also be contacted for advice in relation to the procedure for submitting an application for tenure.
When assessing an application the Committee will take account of an applicant's entire body of work, with a particular focus on their achievements since their last promotion. 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.
For further information about Academic Promotion, please contact:
Mrs Elizabeth Hutchinson
Executive Officer, Academic Promotions Committee
Human Resources M350
Telephone (61) 08 6488 3215