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UC San Diego Department Standards for Academic Advancement

Candidates proposed for appointment, merit, appraisal, and/or promotion shall be judged with respect to a candidate's performance in teaching, research and other creative work, professional activity, and University and public service as determined by the candidate's proposed academic series, rank, duties, and field of study.

Per PPM 230-220, acceleration proposals must address the department standards for normal merit advancement and articulate how the candidate’s performance is exceptional.  In parallel with normal merit advancement progress, the criteria for both good and exceptional performance become more rigorous with rank and step.

Such proposals should address established departmental standards and articulate how a candidate's performance meets or exceed said standards. 

Below is a repository of established departmental standards distributed by school.


UC San Diego General Campus

School of Arts and Humanities

School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Cell & Developmental Biology
Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
Molecular Biology


School of Social Sciences

Jacobs School of Engineering

Computer Sciences & Engineering

Structural Engineering

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

School of Global Policy & Strategy

School of Physical Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry




Rady School of Management

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

San Diego Super Computer
Qualcomm Institute

UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography

UC San Diego Health Sciences