In an application for academic promotion, you make a special case that describes how you meet the specific criteria for promotion to a higher grade. The promotion process is separate from the regular annual and biennial academic performance reviews.
Academic promotion usually means a change in job title, but may also be used to progress beyond a salary bar or to apply for additional increments within some salary scales.
- Academic Staff Promotions Policy booklet (PDF)
- Applying for Academic Promotion (videos)
- Information sessions on Academic Promotion
- Changes to the Promotions Policy effective 1 March 2023 (PDF)
- Timeline of dates for Academic Promotion
To find out which promotion(s) you are able to apply for, check the Academic Titles guidelines for your position. The specific criteria for each level of promotion are listed as Schedules in the Promotions Policy, along with all the other information you need to know before you apply.
Applications for promotion open in March each year when the updated policy is released, and applications normally close at the beginning of May. This year, in 2023, the deadline is 5pm on Thursday 4 May. In March we hold information sessions for staff who are thinking of applying.
Applicants must consult with their Head of Department well in advance of the due date, because applications need to be submitted to HoDs (and Deans in Health Sciences) for comment before being delivered to Human Resources by the due date.
Your promotion application is a significant piece of work – it will require a lot of planning to gather the evidence you need to support your application. Even though the policy is updated in March each year, you should have a look through the current policy as you plan your application. When we release the updated policy we will also provide a list of the changes.
Guidance for clinicians
Are you a clinical teacher working at a hospital or other health provider? You may apply for promotion to either of the following titles:
- Clinical Associate Professor
- Clinical Professor
To be promoted, you will need to show that your academic and professional reputation is such that you would likely be appointed at, or promoted to associate professorial or professorial level.
Promotion information sessions are provided by HEDC and HR in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch. A member of the relevant promotions committee will be there to answer your questions. Dates will be made available in mid-February.
To make sure the process goes smoothly, make sure you include the correct documents. This list is to be read in conjunction with the full promotions policy.
- Academic promotion application form (DOCX)
- A personal statement, addressing how your performance meets the criteria for the promotion you are seeking
- Otago Teaching Profile (unless you are Research Only Staff)
- Copies of reviews of books or artistic performances if available
- Current CV using the standard University format (DOCX)
- Evidence of acceptance of any unpublished manuscripts
- Head of Department Assessment Statement (DOCX)
- Referees Form (DOCX)*
* Required for applications for promotion to Associate Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Research Associate Professor, Professor, Clinical Professor, Research Professor
Applications are due by 5pm on Thursday 4 May 2023 for Academic Promotions effective 1 February 2024.
Full applications include a Head of Department Assessment Statement. You will need to check with your academic head about their internal deadline so that your academic head will be able to complete the assessment statement in time for your full application to reach HR by the due date. For most Health Sciences staff, the application also needs to be submitted to the Dean before the due date.
Process for submitting and sharing application documents
In order to submit an application for promotion, each applicant will log on to SharePoint to create their own application folder where they will upload the application documents. This is done using an online form which gathers the information needed to create the application folder. SharePoint will assign access to the folder for the applicant and their Academic Heads and then email the applicant a link to the folder.
- As an applicant, you should fill in the form in SharePoint to create your promotion application folder:
Application for Academic Promotion – create new application folder
You will be asked to sign in to SharePoint using your University credentials. When prompted to sign in, you should enter your University email address. When prompted to Authenticate, you should enter your username and password. For help using SharePoint, see the guidance document:
Your SharePoint Space (PDF)
- At the link, you will see a form entitled “New Document Set: 2023 Application for Academic Promotion”. Complete the form with your application details. You are asked to enter the HoD 's name and Dean's name (where applicable) in order to grant access to those Academic Heads. There is also provision for setting up access for the Additional Senior Academic Assessment Statement where necessary. Please ensure you select the correct name with the appropriate position title to share your application with.
- Once you have completed the form, click “save.”
- Please wait to receive the automated email from email@example.com, which gives you a link to the application folder you have just created.
- Follow the link in the email to your application folder. You are now ready to upload your application documents.
- You must name your documents using the numbering convention described below.
- You have access to your application folder until the promotion deadline. Documents in the application folder are automatically saved. (There is no “submit” button.)
For Academic Heads:
- Academic Heads do not receive an automated email when a folder is created. They can access all applicant folders assigned to them by using the using the following link:
Application for Academic Promotion – HoD and Dean access
- The Head of Department will email their confidential assessment statement to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (with a copy to the Dean where applicable).
Senior Academics completing an Additional Assessment Statement will also email their confidential assessment statement to:
- For Health Sciences Schools, the Dean's office will email the completed Dean statements to:
Promotion applicants must prepare documents electronically using the following numbering for the filenames.
- Application form – all applicants. For example: 1 Stephanie Evans application form.docx
- Personal statement (limit 3 pages, 1.5 spacing, 12 font) – all applicants. For example: 2 Personal statement evast64p.pdf
- Referees form – only applicants seeking promotion to Associate Professorial or Professorial positions
- Curriculum vitae in standard format – all applicants
- Otago Teaching Profile – applicants who teach. The Teaching Profile is submitted as one combined PDF, for example: 5 Teaching Profile evast64p.pdf. Within the PDF, you may number each part of the Otago Teaching Profile separately, 5a, 5b, 5c etc
- Self-Evaluation of Teaching Statement (limit 2 pages, 1.5 spacing, 12 font)
- Schedule of teaching responsibilities
- Reports from student evaluation questionnaires
- Reports from Co-ordinator/Team Leader Evaluation Questionnaires (optional)
- Teaching Context forms (optional)
- Peer review of teaching form (only if peer review used)
- List of teaching documents on-call
- Copies of evaluative reviews in the case of staff members who have published a book or evaluation reviews of artistic performances – optional
- Evidence of acceptance of Publications – optional
- The HoD 's confidential Assessment Statement (this document is provided by the Academic Head)
Applying for academic promotion
In these short videos, experienced academic staff members discuss aspects of a promotion application.