Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Retention, Promotion and Tenure InformationLecturer promotion
The authoritative text for faculty is the Faculty Handbook. The Handbook spells out university-wide guidelines for retention (mid-probationary review), tenure with promotion, and promotion to professor, and also contains policies for Post-Tenure Review. The College follows the guidelines and policies found in Section B4: Faculty Reviews.
Questions concerning the review process that cannot be answered by the Department Chair should be referred to Philip Ganderton, Senior Associate Dean.
Retention, Promotion & Tenure Review Process
The College follows the RPT Guidelines issued by the Provost each year.
Each department will have performance standards reflective of expectations in the discipline. These standards are made available to new faculty at the time of appointment. The Chair’s responsibility is to help the candidate develop the file, to follow department and university procedures for conducting reviews, to accurately summarize the results of the departmental review, and finally, to provide her/his own evaluation and recommendation on each case. In the case of a negative finding at any level, the candidate has an opportunity for appeal. Consult the Faculty Handbook Appeal Process for more information.
The Department or Unit Administrator works with faculty on the details of organizing the file. After the file is released to the College office, it is evaluated by a committee of nine faculty broadly representative of the disciplines in Arts & Sciences. There are typically three such committees: a senior committee which reviews the promotion to full professor cases, a junior committee which reviews the promotion with tenure cases, and third committee which reviews retention files. Each file is also evaluated by the Associate Dean for Faculty. The Dean, after taking all these reports and the documents in the file into consideration, makes the College recommendation on the case. The file then is sent to the Provost’s office for the final series of reviews.