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Promotion Policy

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Department of Psychology

Expectations for being granted tenure (i.e., Associate rank) in the Department of Psychology:

  • Clear evidence of an active research program while at the University at Buffalo that productively addresses questions of significance. Productively is indexed by the number of high quality publications in top-ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • The candidate’s research must be of the highest quality methodologically and highly regarded by peers as indicated by:
    • Publication in top-ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals
    • Positive evaluations from scholars considered to be leaders in the relevant field of study
    • Evidence the research has an impact on psychology and perhaps other disciplines. Such evidence may include citations of candidate’s research and documented examples of the candidate’s research being used by other scientists to inform their work
  • The candidate must make credible and sustained efforts to obtain major external research funding. Securing major funding can strengthen the candidate’s case for tenure.
  • The candidate should demonstrate the potential for future growth and contribution to the discipline.
  • Promotion to tenure requires solid evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Evidence of committee and administrative service within the Department of Psychology and the University. In addition, evidence of professional service as indexed by involvement in scientific organizations, organization of conferences and symposia, and participation on editorial boards.

Expectations for being promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Psychology:

  •  The candidate’s research must be evaluated by peers as nationally and internationally visible, clearly influential, and of the highest quality. The candidate must be viewed as a leader in his or her area of study.
  • Clear evidence of a sustained, active research program that productively addresses questions of significance to the field of psychology. Productively is indexed by the number of high quality publications in top-ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • The candidate should show the ability to secure major external funding for his or her research. The applicability of this criterion is evaluated in light of the availability of funding for research in the candidate’s area of study.
  • Solid evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Evidence of committee and administrative service within the Department of Psychology and the University. In addition, evidence of professional service as indexed by involvement in scientific organizations, organization of conferences and symposia, leadership positions within scientific organizations, and participation on editorial boards.