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Rank and Tenure Toolkit

The Rank and Tenure Learning Community Toolkit is an informal resource prepared by faculty members, on a volunteer basis, to help provide guidance and mentoring to tenure-track faculty members who choose to use it.

As a condition of using the toolkit, the participant understands and agrees that the toolkit is an informal resource, and nothing herein can be used to form a legal basis for conferring tenure or other employment benefits. Tenure and employment decisions are in all respects fully controlled by the College’s Faculty Statutes and other formally adopted laws, rules, regulations, and College policies.

Purpose of the Toolkit

A learning circle of current and former members of the Rank and Tenure Committee have put together this toolkit as a resource for anyone involved in the tenure and promotion process - including candidates, faculty involved in the departmental review, department chairs, program directors, and school deans.

The Faculty Statutes [pdf] serve as the official documentation of the policies, processes, and practices of the College. The Faculty Statutes define all aspects of faculty governance, including the tenure and promotion process. This toolkit is aligned with the Faculty Statutes and provides guiding questions and practical advice to consider when preparing and reviewing a dossier.

Criteria for Evaluation

The Criteria for Evaluation articulated in the Faculty Statutes are the cornerstones of the evaluation process. We have prepared a separate section of the toolkit for each of the four areas. Each section identifies relevant portions of the Faculty Statutes, questions to consider when preparing or reviewing a dossier, practical advice, and additional resources.

  • Teaching Effectiveness
  • Academic Advising
  • Scholarship, Research, Creative Work
  • Service

Annual Evaluations and Mid-Probationary Reviews

Annual Evaluations

The Annual Evaluations and Mid-Probationary Review are important guideposts along the way, particularly for tenure-track faculty. They provide formative feedback that should be used to inform future efforts and activities.

Mid-Probationary Evaluation

How does the Mid-Probationary Evaluation differ from the Annual Evaluation process?

All of the above mentioned components of the annual evaluation process exist. In addition:

  • At least two tenured faculty other than the chair must assist in the evaluation.
  • Each evaluator must observe faculty member in the classroom.
  • Each evaluator must assess faculty member’s scholarship, research, and/or creative work.
  • Each evaluator, including the department chair, must provide a letter of evaluation.
  • The Dean writes a letter of evaluation indicating his/her assessment of the results.