Correction: This story has been modified from its original version. — This story has been modified from its original version. Neck had already attained tenure and was seeking a promotion to full professor. The Collegiate Times regrets this error.
Professor Chris Neck stepped onto the Virginia Tech campus 15 years ago and immediately knew that he never wanted to leave. Today, he is making plans to relocate to Arizona State University after a conflict over the promotion that never happened.
Neck, an associate professor of management in Pamplin College of Business, started the procedure to apply for a full professorship in 2006, not knowing that the process would still be going on three years later.
The process to apply for full professorship is a "very extensive process," said Richard Sorensen, dean of the Pamplin College of Business.
"The decision is made for associate professor with tenure sometime within a faculty member's probationary period," Sorensen said. "In other words, during the first five years of their employment. It is the same type of committee process where there is very extensive documentation, which could be a couple hundred pages of information that is presented both on teaching, service and research."
Sorensen said full professorships are granted through a request for promotion, where the faculty member's "research, service and teaching are evaluated."