The meaning and significance of promotion and continuing contract or promotion to the librarians of the Miami University Libraries is determined by the interpretation and application of its provisions and criteria by the Personnel Committee and Libraries administration. The Personnel Committee serves as the Libraries promotion and continuing contract committee. The following procedures are set forth to establish a sequence for the process to be followed by all candidates and parties involved in promotion and continuing contract or promotion activities. The procedures have been established to promote consistency of application from one year to the next and to guarantee full and fair consideration for all candidates.
A candidate must apply for promotion to Associate Librarian and continuing contract simultaneously. Consideration for promotion and continuing contract will occur in the sixth year of qualifying service. Librarians may apply once. If they fail to achieve promotion and continuing contract, they will receive a terminal appointment for the following year.
Candidates hired at the Associate or Principal ranks without continuing contract have a six-year probationary period in which to apply for continuing contract. Librarians may be accorded up to two years of experience at a comparable research or academic library toward the six-year probationary period (Section II.B.). An Associate or Principal Librarian who fails to qualify for continuing contract in the sixth year will receive a terminal appointment for the following year.
A librarian with continuing contract may apply for promotion in any year. Candidates should consult with their department head and the Dean before making this request.
The promotion and continuing contract cycle begins July 1. Those hired after September 30 fall into the promotion cycle for the following year.