Вот документ, который он разослал:
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Я ему написал (в комитет проситься не стал, думаю, там и так много желающих):
One more thing (in addition to the insufficient pay bust). I asked several Full professors (in UWM and other places) how they understand the difference between the Assoc Prof and Full Prof rank in terms of the influence upon their profession and the participation in shared governance. Or, in other words, what is the “meaning” of the Full Prof status? The UWM P&P does not say much about this, and it looks like Assoc Profs can participate in allmost same committees as Full Profs (obviously except for the Promotion to Full procedures). I could not find any definitions neither in AAUP documents, nor in the Chronicle of Higher Education articles on the topic of full professorship. Serving outside the UWM, tenured Assoc Profs can participate in same editorial boards of journals, conference committees, panels, etc. Therefore, it looks like there no difference between the Assoc Profs and Full Profs in terms of the influence upon their scientific area or upon the development of their university. Then why one would want to seek the promotion?
The answers were unclear and contradictory. One prominent scholar (not from the UWM and not from the USA) told me that Full Prof is like a “senator” – when a Chancellor needs to consult about a strategic vision of development of a university, he/she will ask full Profs. However, in the UWM, Assoc Profs can serve on the Faculty Senate, so it looks like this concept (“a senator”) does not apply. Another Prof., from my department, told me that the only difference is that a Full Prof can be a vice-chancellor or a Dean, although there are exceptions (like Dev and Ron). Others could not answer at all.
So, this (the meaning of the Full Prof status and why a scholar may want to pursue it) may be something to formulate in the appropriate documents.
Thanks for the input. We already were discussing the need for some sort of consideration of what being a full professor means (other than the pay bump), so that will be brought to the working group for them to consider. (What it means seems to differ from department to department, and it appears to be part of what is causing the bottle-neck in the process.)
PS. Я, конечно, как всегда не могу написать без ошибки; написал bust вместо boost, поэтому он в ответ вставил bump. Типа, скрытый мне намек: "ты чурка, по-английски писать без ошибок не умеешь", наверно. Но я все же пишу документы и статьи гораздо лучше нашего зава-китайца.