Academic Promotions

Academic staff can apply for a promotion through the Academic Promotion process that will take place annually, for promotion to all academic levels.

2020 Academic Promotion applications will open on Monday 1 June 2020 and close on Friday 24 July 2020.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation there are a few amendments to the Academic Promotions process for 2020.

The first amendment is there is no longer a requirement to complete an ‘Intent to Apply’ form for the 2020 round.

The second amendment is the process for assessors in 2020 where details can be found below:

The Head of School, in consultation with the candidate, selects a number of assessors and the candidate will confirm the assessors availability and willingness to provide a written assessment;

a. four (4) for Level B academic and Level C academic and

b. six (6) for Level D academic and Level E academic.

The assessors:

  1. must be external to the University
  2. must not have been a co-author / co-postgraduate supervisor / co-grant applicant in the past 10 years
  3. must not be the applicant’s Phd supervisor.

The Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor then chooses two (2) assessors for Level B academic and Level C academic and four (4) assessors for Level D academic and Level E academic to provide independent assessments for academic promotion.

For Level B, C and D applications, the Faculty PVC may contact and confirm the availability of an additional independent assessor not nominated by the Head of School or candidate, and request an independent assessment for academic promotion.

For Level E applications, the Faculty PVC must contact and confirm the availability of at least one (1) and up to two (2) additional independent assessors not nominated by the Head of School or candidate, for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-President to request an independent assessment for academic promotion.

For Level B academic and Level C academic, the Faculty PVC will write to the independent assessors and invite them to provide an assessment on a pro forma provided to them.

For Level D academic and Level E academic, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-President will write to the independent assessors and invite them to provide an assessment on a pro forma provided to them.

Independent assessments for all levels will be returned directly to the Promotions Officer in Human Resource Services no later than Friday 18 September 2020.

All enquiries regarding the Academic Promotion Policy and Procedure, including candidate applications can be emailed to academicpromotions@newcastle.edu.au or by contacting the Promotions Officer on 4921 6548.

Candidates are encouraged to refer to the Academic Promotion Policy and Procedure documents prior to commencing their application.

The Application Form (PDF 950KB) (Please download the PDF form) covers the essential information relating to the candidate’s employment, Leadership Statement, discipline norms, the nomination of external independent assessors and Head of School (or equivalent) comments. It is important that candidates allow sufficient time for their Head of School (or equivalent) to make comment on their application form prior to the closing date.

The Academic Portfolio is intended to provide Committees with a portfolio that outlines activities and achievements in each of the three areas of: Teaching and Learning, Research and Innovation (including the Scholarship of Teaching), and Service and Engagement. The Academic Promotions Portfolio Development Guide provides candidates with additional information to consider when preparing their portfolio. The total combined portfolio content must not exceed 6 pages in length.

The Academic Promotions Curriculum Vitae (CV) is intended to provide Committees with an overview of a candidate’s scholarly career that has not already been provided in the application form or with the Performance Expectations Framework (PEF) Report. The Academic Promotions CV is an optional for candidates.

Candidate Information Sessions – please register through Discover.

Session for Women - Presented by Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin.

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled candidate information sessions a copy of the presentation will be available here.

Head of School Information Session
Friday 3 July 2020

Committee Member Information Session
Tuesday 8 September 2020

The UPC will meet on the following dates to discuss applications and conduct interviews:

  • Thursday 22 October 2020
  • Thursday 29 October 2020
  • Thursday 5 November 2020

Committee Membership:

Chair

Professor Mark Hoffman - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) & Vice-President

Professor Janet Nelson – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Victoria Haskins - President of Academic Senate

Professor Jennifer Milam – PVC Academic Excellence

Professor John Fischetti – PVC FEDUA

Professor Brett Ninness – PVC FEBE

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan – Acting PVC FHEAM

Professor Lee Smith – PVC FSCI

Professor Tony Travaglione – PVC FBL

Mr Martin Sainsbury - Director People and Workforce Strategy

Internal Rep

Professor Frances Martin

Professor Sarah Johnson

External Rep

Professor Keryn Chalmers (Swinburne University of Technology)

Equity Rep

Tina Crawford

The Faculty Promotion Committee will meet on 13 October 2020 with the following membership:

Chair

Professor John Fischetti – PVC

A/Prof Penny Buykx

A/Prof Alistair Rolls

A/Prof Mark Roxburgh

A/Prof Joanne Ailwood

Professor Allyson Holbrook

External Rep

Professor Rick Middleton

Equity Rep

Dylan Mitchell

HRBP

Di Bunch

The Faculty Promotion Committee will meet on 12 October 2020 with the following membership:

Chair

Professor Brett Ninness –PVC

Professor Regina Berretta

Professor Jinsong Huang

Professor Pia Ednie-Brown

Professor Olivier Buzzi

A/Prof Yuen Yong

External Rep

Professor Chris Dayas

Equity Rep

Rachel Fowell

HRBP

Lesley Phillips

The Faculty Promotion Committee will meet on 16 October 2020 with the following membership:

Chair

Professor Tony Travaglione –PVC

A/Prof Suzanne Ryan

Professor Christoph Antons

A/Prof Alicia Kulczynski

Professor Will Rifkin

Acting A/Prof Doowon Lee

External Rep

A/Prof Kathy Mee

Equity Rep

Dylan Mitchell

HRBP

Di Bunch

The Faculty Promotion Committee will meet on 14 October and 15 October 2020 with the following membership:

Chair

Professor Lee Smith – PVC

A/Prof John Holdsworth

Professor Chris Scarlett

Professor Scott Brown

A/Prof Clovia Holdsworth

Professor Jennifer Bowman

External Rep

Professor Allyson Holbrook

Equity Rep

Emma Palmer

HRBP

Lisa Fairlie

The Faculty Promotion Committee will meet on 23 October 2020 with the following membership:

Chair

Professor Liz Sullivan – Interim PVC

A/Prof Nikola Bowden

Professor Simon Keely

A/Prof Jay Horvat

A/Prof Kerry Inder

Professor Alison Lane

External Rep

Professor Brett Neilan

Equity Rep

Rachel Fowell

HRBP

Dan Cummins