Authored by: Robert H. Davis, Dea
Approved: 5/7/04 by the Administrative Council
Reviews of faculty for reappointment, promotion and tenure include thorough evaluations and recommendations made at the department or program (Primary Unit Evaluation Committee, voting faculty, and Department Chair or Program Director), college (First-level Review Committee and Dean), and campus (Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and Provost) levels. The thoroughness of the review process, which takes most of an academic year, is to ensure that 1) each candidate receives a comprehensive and fair review and 2) high standards of excellence are maintained in our faculty. As a faculty member undergoing review, your responsibilities include not only preparing your dossier for the review but also planning and performing well all along the way as you move through the different stages of an academic career. Below are several suggestions that I hope will help you in preparing for these reviews.
Standards, principles and criteria for reappointment, promotion and tenure in the College of Engineering and Applied Science are described in the document Procedures, Policies and Criteria for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure. That document does not provide absolute, quantitative standards. Instead, the standards for the College, as well as for the campus, are described in qualitative terms and are based on broad judgments of accomplishments, promise, and reputation. For example, the standard for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor is defined as demonstrated meritorious performance in each of the three areas of teaching, research and service, and demonstrated excellence in either teaching or research (or both), while the standard for promotion to Professor is an excellent record as a whole. Nevertheless, I and the other members of the Administrative Council believe that the provision of quantitative information can be helpful to guide faculty in preparing for reappointment, promotion and tenure, as well as to the review committees in evaluating the cases. Our goal is to enhance the standards of excellence of our faculty, and the guidelines to help achieve this goal are being phased in over a few years.
As a context for the suggested guidelines, the attached Table 1 and Table 2 provide average research and teaching data for the tenured and tenure-track faculty by department, and for the College as a whole, based on quantitative information gathered for recent annual reviews of faculty. As a general guideline, an Assistant Professor is expected to be on a trajectory to meet or exceed college norms in metrics such as teaching evaluations, student supervision, peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and research support, by the time of promotion to Associate Professor. Similarly, Associate Professors are generally expected to perform at a level meeting or exceeding college norms at the time of promotion to Professor, to be judged as having achieved an overall record of excellence, though some faculty may demonstrate excellence in other ways.
|Dept.||Rev. Jour. & Chapt.||Rev. Proc.||Conf. Pres.||# Grants||# Prop. Pend. or Rej.||Grant $ Exp.||# PhD Deg.|
Note: Papers, presentations, grants and proposals are from the Faculty Reports on Professional Activities for tenured/tenure-track faculty for 1/1/14-12/31/14, and those with multiple faculty are credited to each faculty member (double counted). Grant expenditures are also for 1/1/14- 12/31/14 and represent the average contract and grant expenditures taken from PeopleSoft reports (not double counted, gifts not included). The number of PhD degrees is averaged over FY13-FY15.
|Dept.||Ug. Inst. Rating||Ug. Course Rating||Gr. Inst. Rating||Gr. Course Rating||#Ugrad Mentored||# Grad Mentored|
Note: Instructor and course ratings are averages for tenured/tenure-track faculty from Faculty Course Questionnaires (FCQs), on a 1-6 scale. Mentoring data are from the Faculty Reports on Professional Activities for tenured/tenure-track faculty and are for 1/1/14 – 12/31/14.
However, impact and quality are also very important factors in forming overall judgments of a faculty member’s contributions. Quality and impact may be judged, for example, by awards, citations, supporting letters, journal and conference reputation, etc. Moreover, factors such as the relative importance of journal publications, reviewed conference proceedings, and grant dollars can vary among the disciplines represented in the College. Thus, the metrics provided in this advice document represent general guidelines only and not absolute standards that guarantee a positive review if achieved or a negative review if not achieved.
The comprehensive review for reappointment prior to tenure typically takes place during the fourth and final year of an initial appointment. An earlier review may be approved for a faculty member with prior experience and/or an exceptional record in teaching and research. The general standard for reappointment is good progress toward the standards for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, namely that the candidate’s trajectory is aimed toward at least meritorious performance in all areas and excellence in teaching and/or research. Metrics for typical progress toward meritorious performance are provided below; even higher metrics are expected for excellent performance. Note that these metrics provide general guidelines only and that a successful candidate may exhibit stronger performance in some areas than in others.
Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor are normally considered together during a candidate’s seventh year on the faculty. Early promotion may be considered for a faculty member with prior experience and/or an exceptional record in teaching and research. Early tenure may also be considered, though only after a successful comprehensive review and when the candidate has substantially exceeded the normal standards for tenure. The general standards for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor are performance of at least meritorious in all areas (teaching, research, service) and excellence in teaching and/or research. Guidelines for evaluating the candidate’s performance are given below. Again, note that these metrics provide general guidelines only and do not guarantee success/failure if met/unmet.
Promotion to the rank of Professor has no set time frame, but it is typically expected to occur 6- 10 years after promotion to Associate Professor. It may take place earlier for an individual whose career has developed rapidly, or later for an individual whose accomplishments take longer to develop and have substantial impact or who has tackled a substantially new subject as a major scholarly effort. The general standards for promotion to Professor are an excellent record as a whole, significant contribution to graduate and undergraduate education, and substantial growth in teaching, research and service since tenure. Guidelines for evaluating the candidate’s performance are given below. Note, however, that these metrics are general guidelines only and that promotion may be granted to an individual with lower annual productivity but with high-quality contributions that have substantial impact over a long duration or to an individual with stronger performance in some areas than in others.