The University approves promotions based on spiritual commitment, teaching excellence, professional activities, and University and community service and advisement demonstrating the University’s standards of excellence and affirming the reputation of its faculty. Promotions are earned, and the University takes its responsibility to ensure standards seriously. Promotions are approved through a faculty-engaged promotion process.
The University establishes teaching excellence as a priority as a part of the promotion process. Therefore, the ORU Teaching Excellence framework is used to create a culture of continuous improvement, which supports a learner-centered campus that values teaching and promotes faculty excellence.
- The Framework is grounded in research-based teaching practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning and includes nine domains with a Spirit-empowered teaching and learning overlay.
- The overlay symbolizes the inclusion of Spirit-empowered teaching and learning across all of the nine domains.
- The framework requires faculty members to demonstrate continual growth in three required domains including: Instructional Strategies, Feedback and Assessment, and Inclusive Pedagogy, while encouraging faculty members to personalize their continuing growth in teaching effectiveness throughout the remaining domains.
Deans are encouraged to work to create a balance within the colleges based on individual faculty members’ gifts and strengths focused on the areas of spiritual commitment, teaching excellence, professional activities, and University and community service and advisement.
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Information for each phase of the promotion process has been taken directly from the 2020-2021 Faculty & Administration Handbook. A PDF Promotion Handbook contains all promotion information for easy reference.