The authoritative text for faculty is the Faculty Handbook, which spells out university-wide guidelines for annual review, mid-probationary review, tenure and promotion and promotion to professor. The Handbook also contains policies for Post-Tenure Review.
Questions concerning the review process that cannot be answered by the Department Chair should be referred to Philip Ganderton, Senior Associate Dean, in the Arts and Sciences office.
All tenure-track faculty are subject to annual review. Normally these reviews take place in the spring and are based on a yearly report prepared by each faculty member. Each department has guidelines for the information contained in the review. Junior faculty annual reviews normally include some consultation by the chair with senior faculty; reviews for tenured faculty are conducted according to individual post-tenure policies developed at the department level. In all cases the faculty member receives a copy of the review and an opportunity to discuss it with the chair.
The College follows the Faculty Handbook procedures for Promotion, Tenure & Promotion, and Mid-Probationary review.
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 Administrator in each unit works with faculty on the details of organizing the file. After the file is delivered to the College office, it is evaluated by a committee of nine faculty broadly representative of the disciplines in Arts & Sciences. There are two such committees: a junior committee which reviews the mid-probationary and promotion/tenure cases, and a senior committee which reviews promotion to full professor. The 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.
Recommendations for Promotion and Tenure/Promotion are due to the Dean in early January and go to the Provost in early March.
Recommendations for Mid-Probationary action are due to the Dean in early February and go to the Provost in early April.
In addition to the general guidelines in the Faculty Handbook, each Department has developed a set of performance expectations for tenured faculty reflective of the expectations in the discipline. Annual reviews of tenured faculty must be shared with the faculty member and he/she has an opportunity for appending additional information to the Chair’s review and for appealing an annual review to the Dean. Consult the Handbook for information on the appeal process.