Summary 12: Sample Solicitation Letters for Promotion
The Council on Academic Personnel requests that letters soliciting extramural evaluations for promotion to Associate Professor or Professor in the Regular Professorial Series indicate these are tenured positions within the University of California System. Such a statement should be added, where appropriate, in the first paragraph of the following model formats.
Sample #3 – Promotion Letter for Associate Professor to Full Professor
Dear Professor ________________________:
Associate Professor _____________is being considered for promotion in the Department of ________________at UCLA. Promotions to full professor at the University of California system requires demonstration of “superior intellectual attainment” in teaching, research, and creative achievement, evaluation of the candidate’s professional competence activity, and University and public service.
This review for promotion involves evaluation of performance since appointment, with emphasis on the period of service at the current rank. I am writing to you as a recognized expert in the field to ask for your assistance in our review of Associate Professor ____________.
We would appreciate your candid evaluation of Associate Professor ____________’s scholarly contributions with particular reference to their originality and significance and the extent to which he/she satisfies the requirements for “superior intellectual attainment.” We would also appreciate your comments on his/her standing with his/her discipline and comparing him/her to others in the field at the same stage in their careers. Please provide comments on his/her Associate Professor ____________’s teaching ability and or any other aspect of his/her professional competence that you may be familiar.
For your convenience, I am enclosing copies of Associate Professor ____________’s complete bibliography and latest publications.
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Your assistance in providing this analysis will be greatly appreciated.
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