Department and Program Expectations for Tenure and Promotion
Starting in 2008, academic departments and programs have developed expectations for faculty tenure and promotion decisions. The expectations focus on the three primary areas of faculty evaluation: teaching and advising, scholarship, and service. These expectations are based on factors such as the prevailing norms of the discipline or field, the department or program's teaching and service mission on campus, and the cultural norms of the department.
These expectation statements are most useful for two central functions related to faculty evaluation:
- providing clarity to tenure and promotion candidates, as well as department/program chairs and other faculty involved in the process;
- providing clarity to the Faculty Welfare Committee regarding how Faculty Handbook requirements for tenure and promotion should be best interpreted for faculty in diverse departments and programs.
Departments and programs are encouraged to use these expectations statements in the following ways:
- communicate these expectations clearly to faculty eligible for tenure and/or promotion, and be sure these expectations are a regular part of conversations regarding formative faculty assessment during annual departmental faculty reviews;
- be sure all department / program faculty are familiar with these expectations when providing feedback on faculty to the department chair and deliberating over tenure and promotion decisions;
- revisit and revise these expectations periodically to reflect evolving changes in the department or program's curriculum, disciplinary norms, teaching and service missions, et cetera, in order to ensure that the expectation statement is an accurate, timely reflection of the department or program's actual expectations for faculty.