Committee on Academic Personnel
Welcome to CAP's home page. We hope you will find it useful. Please send suggestions and feedback to the Chair (2015-2016), Debra Long.
CAP Oversight Subcommittee Analyst: Kimberly Pulliam, ph. 752-4918
CAP Appellate Subcommittee Analyst: Bryan Rodman, ph. 752-3920
Frequently-asked questions about the academic personnel process at Davis
- How are department chairs evaluated by their department?
- How are department chairs evaluated by their dean?
Annual Call for Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC) Nominations - Deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
What is the Committee on Academic Personnel?
The Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP) is a committee of faculty members of the
Academic Senate, who advise the Vice-Provost for Academic Personnel.
CAP is appointed by the Committee on Committees, who themselves are elected by the Academic Senate. We encourage all members of the Academic Senate to participate in the election process and thus influence the composition of CAP.
The criteria used by CAP in making recommendations are basically those contained in the Universitywide and Davis Division Senate Bylaws, Guidelines and Regulations and in the Academic Personnel Manual (APM). Some of the most important sections are Senate Bylaw 55, APM sections 200, 210, 220, 615 and UCD-220A-H. CAP is also implementing the recommendations of the Pister report. (Click a document's name to view it.)
The personnel review process is described in a summary document available by clicking here.
Schools, colleges and some other units have local personnel committees which are subcommittees of CAP, appointed by CAP from nominations made by the local Faculty Executive Committee or equivalent. CAP reviews some actions directly and delegates others, either to the Deans or to the local personnel committees, as follows.
CAP considers directly, promotions and upper level merit increases, accelerations of more than 1 year, appointments at Assistant Professor Step IV and above, appraisals, actions for local personnel committee members and appropriate appeals. For many of these actions, CAP is assisted by ad hoc committee reports. These reports are usually of great value and weigh heavily in CAP's deliberations.
The first normal merit after a successful promotion (to Associate or Full Professor or equivalent) is delegated to the appropriate Dean. Appointments below Assistant Professor Step IV, all normal or 1-year accelerated merit actions below Professor Step VI and all actions in the Salaried Clinical Professor series are delegated to local personnel committees. Appraisals are carried out by the local personnel committees and then considered by CAP. CAP encourages faculty to involve themselves in their local Faculty Executive Committee and thus influence the membership of the local personnel committees. UCD has the following local personnel committees:
(List in preparation)
CAP and the local personnel committees assess a faculty member's contributions in the areas of teaching, research or other appropriate creative activity, academic service and professional competence and service. The importance of teaching is consistently stressed and is an essential component of every faculty member's record. The importance of the other factors depends to some extent on the series, but, in most series (including all ranks of Professors, Adjunct Professors, Professors In Residence and Professors of Clinical ...) the requirement for research or appropriate creative activity is also essential. Service activities are receiving growing recognition, bringing a need for better evaluation of the quality of service. CAP is currently reviewing these issues and would welcome comments.