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Welcome to the Office for Faculty Advancement

Our mission is to provide support and resources for the promotion and tenure programs and process, offer faculty development opportunities, foster recognition of faculty achievements in both scholarship and teaching, partner with units to recruit, retain and support a diverse faculty, and promote leadership development of faculty into academic positions.

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226 Mandrell Hall
(859) 257-7915

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2023 Outstanding Teaching Awards

Each year the university wishes to recognize our faculty and teaching assistants whose commitment to the furtherance of learning and leadership of our students goes above and beyond. Recipients were selected via nomination and reviewed by a selection committee based in the UK Provost’s Office for Faculty Advancement and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Each winner received an award certificate, a commemorative engraved gift and a cash award in recognition of their teaching excellence.

2023 WELD Kickoff - Guest Speaker

4:00 April 27 - Rosenberg College of Law Grand Courtroom   We are excited to begin our 2023 Women's Executive Leadership Development program! Following lunch with our 2023 Cohort Chancellor Donde Plowman of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will be presenting a public lecture on the topic “Women Leaders – the Willingness to Act.”

TEK Faculty Fellows Call for Applications

Applications are due at 5:00 PM on Monday, April 24.   TEK (Transdisciplinary Educational Approaches to Advance Kentucky), the University of Kentucky's new Quality Enhancement Plan, and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching are pleased to invite applications for the first cohort of TEK Faculty Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year.  

Acting Associate Vice President/Associate Provost for Diverse Faculty Success

Dr. Jackson was recently named the Acting Associate Vice President/Associate Provost for Diverse Faculty Success.  Part of her role includes working closely alongside our office on DEI initiatives, retention of diverse faculty, continuous DEI improvement, etc.

Dr. Jackson is a valuable contact for our office and brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to elevate our faculty. Dr. Jackson values her role at the university and the opportunities she has to advise faculty at any stage in their careers. 

During her time at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Jackson has worked with the Office of Diversity in CAFE to create and implement a mentoring program for faculty. She has also worked to develop a four-module course on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the classroom. 

We greatly appreciate Dr. Jackson’s willingness to serve as acting associate vice president/associate provost for diverse faculty success. In this role, we are confident that she will help advance a diverse and inclusive environment for all the university’s academic areas. She possesses the necessary experience in developing effective DEI initiatives for faculty and has proven to be a strong, collaborative leader with a commitment to inclusive excellence, quality, exceptional service, productivity, and continuous improvement. 

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Promotion and Tenure Policies and Resources

Policies, resources, and information regarding the appointment, promotion, and tenure of faculty.

Faculty Leave Policies

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Faculty Hiring Policies

Resources for recruiting and hiring new faculty members.