Academic Promotions – Proposed changes to Associate Professor & Professor promotions criteria

In 2016 the University introduced a new promotion process and set of criteria that recognised the increasing diversity of academic roles and the more varied career paths evident in a progressive global university environment. After extensive consultation with academic staff the five Pro Vice-Chancellors developed a set of revised Level 1 and 2 promotion criteria which were agreed to by SLT and successfully rolled out in 2016.

In introducing the new Level 1 and 2 criteria and process, SLT agreed that following the completion of the 2016 promotions round consideration would be given to the introducing revised Associate Professor and Professor academic promotions criteria for implementation in 2018.

This page outlines the consideration process, the various opportunities for staff to engage and participate, the timetable and stages of consideration, methods for providing feedback, how the process will be facilitated, evaluated, and decisions made.


Earlier this year, staff were invited to respond to a set of feedback prompts which were intended to gauge the level of support for introducing changes to Associate Professor and Professor Academic Promotions process and criteria. That process was very helpful with a number of staff providing written feedback and attending workshops on each campus. From the feedback received, there was clear support for changes to be introduced. The Pro Vice-Chancellors have now consolidated the feedback into the draft criteria presented to staff for through a second phase of consultation.

The draft sets of criteria include levels 1 – 4 (Promotions: Tutor – Associate Professor) and level 5 (Promotion: Professor). With levels 1 – 4 being covered by a separate set of guidelines from level 5. There are significant changes being proposed, please take time to consider these in detail.  You can view both guidelines below.

Draft Levels 1 - 4 Promotion Criteria and Process

Draft Level 5 Promotion Criteria and Process

Due to the nature of the changes it is also recommended that all academic staff attend the workshops detailed below.

All academic staff are invited to submit written responses in relation to the attached draft set of criteria to Peter Nilsen in POD: by Wednesday 6 December 2017


Workshops will be held on each campus to discuss the questions with PVCs and the AVC RAE.

Please see dates below:

  • Tuesday 31 October at 11.30am Wellington Campus – 7D19
  • Wednesday 15 Nov at 4pm Manawatu Campus GLB1.14
  • Thursday 16 at 12pm Albany Campus QB1 

Further consultation

Following the second consultation period further refinements my take place with a final revised set of criteria being put forward for final approval by the SLT.

Should the new criteria be implemented, this will be in time for the 2018 promotions round. 

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