Standing Rules Relating to Merit Review of Full-Time Faculty
Standing Rules Relating to the Appointment and Role of Academic Personnel
Final Criteria for Adjunct Faculty Appointments - March 27, 2007
It is clear from current adjunct appointments in the Viterbi School that there is a strong preference for appointing individuals with doctoral degrees to the adjunct faculty ranks. Adjunct faculty members are occasionally appointed for other reasons, such as other graduate credentials or decades of distinguished industry experience. We have identified no one with a Viterbi School adjunct faculty appointment and a BS degree as a terminal credential.
Faculty Search Guidelines – January 24, 2007
Epstein Chair Position - The search needs to be as broad as possible to identify a leading faculty member in the industrial engineering profession. The most important criteria for selection are the qualifications of the individual. The candidate must exceed the threshold for a full Professor appointment at USC in more than one of the following criterion; membership in NAE or other comparable academics, number of awards, editorship in leading journals, research and publication track record, authorship of leading books in the field, number of patents, ability to connect to multiple areas within or outside the department, etc.
Other Faculty - In this case, the search needs to be more focused, and the selection of the area(s) to search must be conducted under an open process and over several faculty meetings. At the first meeting, each faculty member (if they choose) can propose and make a case for a search in a particular area. At a subsequent meeting, each faculty member first ranks and gives a weight (1-10) for each presented area. The scores are tabulated and a final ranking of the areas is formed. Thereafter, a faculty vote will be conducted to determine how many of the presented areas are included in the faculty search. The Recruiting Committee will then be given the charge of filtering the candidates on the basis of the top ranked areas. The final step of this process is a standard faculty discussion and vote on the candidates that merit the interview process.
Opportunity for Hire - The department should take advantage of opportunities for hire whenever possible. However, it is important that these candidates meet the qualifications for hiring under a regular search process for the commensurate rank.
It was noted that the criteria applied to the Epstein Chair search should normally be applied to any search for a chaired faculty position.
Criteria for Promotion to Associate Professor of the Practice and Professor of the Practice - October 17, 2006
The Viterbi School of Engineering has two new titles of Associate Professor of Engineering Practice (Specialization) and Professor of Engineering Practice (Specialization) are to be used for Non-Tenure Track Teaching faculty with service, experience and qualification beyond those for Senior Lecturer.
The required criteria for the position of Associate Professor of Engineering Practice (Specialization) will be the following:
Additional criteria to be considered for the appointment will include receiving Division or Department awards, having given lectures at local, state, or national meetings on teaching methods or educational issues, and having published education-related articles.
The required criteria for the position of Professor of Engineering Practice (Specialization) will be the following:
Additional criteria to be considered for the appointment will include having a Ph.D. degree in Engineering-related fields, having national recognition for instructional materials or innovative teaching methods, received School or University awards, having given lectures at local, state, or national meetings on teaching methods or educational issues, and having published articles or teaching materials that make a significant and lasting contribution to the profession. Appointment and promotion of Non-Tenure Track Teaching faculty to the position of Associate Professor of Engineering Practice and Professor of Engineering Practice will follow procedures analogous to those of Non-Tenure-Track Research faculty as established in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Promotions will be governed by the specific expectations established by each Department. In general, Non-Tenure Track Teaching faculty will have demonstrated significant pedagogical achievements, such as, teaching leadership roles, classroom innovations, and, as appropriate, national recognition before being considered for the promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Engineering Practice or Professor of Engineering Practice.
Epstein ISE Department Procedures for Appointing Personnel to the Rank of “Associate Professor of Engineering Practice” and “Professor of Engineering Practice”
The following procedure outlines the steps to form a dossier to be evaluated for promotion to associate/full professor of engineering practice. This dossier will be evaluated on the candidate's accomplishments in engineering education.
The evaluation to Professor of Eng. Practice requires additional information on:
Voting Rights for Full-Time Faculty Who Are At Least 50% Time in the Epstein ISE Department - October 6, 2004
It was noted that the department has a long standing practice of not permitting jointly appointed faculty with 50% appointments to vote by proxy.
Standing Rules Relating to Faculty Responsibilities to Students
The following standing rules have adopted during the course of scheduled faculty meetings by consensus discussion or by an affirmative vote of the full time faculty present and eligible to vote (or eligible to submit a proxy vote).
Ph.D. Screening Examination – October 11, December 6 and 13, 2005
The screening procedure includes the screening exam, which is course-centered and content-based, and review of the student’s record by the full time faculty. The format of the exam may include a written component. Faculty members have the option of administering an examination that is written, oral, or both. There must be an oral component to at least one of the exams completed by each student. Each subject examined includes at least two full time faculty members. If a part time faculty member delivered the course, every effort will be made include him or her in the panel, but only the full time faculty vote. Students are graded “Fail,” “Low Pass,” “Pass,” and “High Pass” by each voting faculty member. The faculty members shall provide separate grades for each student. There is no prescribed minimum vote outcome that defines a passing score.
Each student’s performance on the exam is discussed by the full faculty along with other aspects of the student’s performance. Advisors might act as advocates in this discussion. Each student passes, fails, or is asked to retake the screening exam based on a majority vote of the full time faculty. A retake is the only remedial outcome possible, and must involve the full exam, not an individual or subset of subjects. The opportunity to retake the exam is not automatic. Students who fail on the first attempt leave the doctoral program. Students invited to retake the exam may do so only once.
It was agreed that the exam should be standardized with the same number of voting members per course for each student, advisors who attend their student’s exams should attend all of the exams in the subject area, and part-time faculty participating in the exam do not vote.
The faculty was asked for its position with respect to establishing practices for admission of non-technical students.
It was suggested this standard be used for all programs.
Graduate Student Advisement – November 8, 2005
Graduate student advisement is a faculty role. The chair reminds the faculty to (1) be responsive when graduate students ask to meet for advisement, (2) pick up the student file from the student services office, (3) update the student’s study plan, (4) initial and date approval of technical electives, (5) return the file to Director of Student Affairs’ in-box, and (6) inform staff of actions taken. Ph.D. students should only be advised on academic questions by faculty, not staff.
25% Substitution Policy for Graduate Curricula - September 11, 2003
In response to new University requirements, the chair requires faculty members to submit a memorandum justifying any advisement decisions permitting students substitutions of more than 25% of degree curriculum requirements. Faculty members are strongly discouraged from approving substitutions.
Epstein ISE Undergraduate Exit Survey and the Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Exit Assessment – January 31, 2006
It was decided by the faculty to distribute the ISE survey in ISE 495A and the School’s survey in ISE 495B.