School/College Statement on Promotion and Tenure
The Faculty Reward System
- Mission and priority statement: rationale and how the school/college mission relates to institutional mission.
- Procedures and timelines: who is responsible for what?
- Are there procedures for early tenure decisions?
- What is the review process (e.g., third year, etc.)?
- Can the tenure clock be stopped and under what conditions?
- Are promotion and tenure decisions separate or are they combined?
- Is collegiality a factor? If so, how is it defined and documented?
- Are external reviews to be done and under what conditions? Is funding available to pay external reviewers?
- Questions for the school/college promotion and tenure committee to consider:
- How will disciplinary differences be protected?
- How will differences in individual assignments be considered?
- How will individual strengths and interests be considered?
- Features the committee should be looking for (e.g., scholarly, professional, and creative work): what is the range of activities that, if documented, would meet these criteria?
- Documenting scholarship: what will show evidence that work is scholarly, professional, and creative?
- Documenting teaching: how will teaching be assessed? what types of methods will be employed (e.g., review of course documents, class observations, student ratings, student performance assessment)?
- When there are different recommendations at different levels, how will they be resolved? what is the appeal process?
- How do the recruitment, interviewing, and appointment processes for new faculty members communicate the priorities of the school or college?
- Is there a formal or informal mentoring plan for new faculty members? If yes, how are assignments made?
- Is there a formal orientation program for new faculty members?
- Is there a formal orientation plan for faculty members serving on promotion and tenure committees?
Robert M. Diamond Ph.D.