All promotion and tenure files must include the following elements:
All academic units with tenure-related faculty have promotion and tenure criteria policies that have been approved by their dean and the Office of the Provost.
External Evaluation Letters
External letters play a very important role in promotion and/or tenure review. Written by disciplinary and professional leaders qualified to evaluate the candidate’s work, they provide independent assessments of the quality of the candidate’s scholarly achievements and creative activity. A minimum of five external letters are required for each case, making it advisable to arrange for at least six or seven.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A comprehensive and current curriculum vitae that includes the candidate’s current research, scholarly and creative activities and accomplishments, including publications, appointments, presentations, and similar activities. The CV must distinguish between peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed work.
A 3-6 page personal statement developed by the candidate evaluating his or her performance against the applicable criteria for tenure and promotion. The personal statement should expressly address the subjects of teaching; scholarship, research, and creative activity; and service contributions to the academic department, center or institute, school or college, university, profession, and the community. The statement should also include discussion of contributions to institutional equity and inclusion.
A signed and dated document establishing the candidate’s chosen wavier status for the dossier. This statement must be completed prior to departmental contact with external reviewers.
Duties and Responsibilities
This should be an objective statement that summarizes the faculty member’s duties. No longer than a page, typically a paragraph or two, the statement should delineate the balance among research, teaching, and service and the central activities for the candidate’s appointment in each. It should also include any special agreements that might shape the candidate’s efforts and make them different from the typical pattern in the department or school/college.
Conditions of Appointment
All cases involving the granting of indefinite tenure must include the most recent contract or notice of appointment, which clearly documents the time frame for the tenure review and the deadline for the tenure decision. A current contract or notice of appointment is not required for associate professors undergoing review for full professor.
If the candidate has joint or multiple appointments, a memorandum should have been completed at the time of hire or assignment specifying expectations for promotion and tenure review and identifying how the tenure and promotion process will be handled among the units. That memorandum should be included here.
Other documents which may be included are official memoranda of understanding which limit the range of activities on which promotion will be based, grant credit for prior service at other institutions, or extend the time frame for tenure.
Evaluation of Teaching
Teaching quality will be evaluated by unit heads and personnel committees according to the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding between the University and United Academics, as well as the related 2020 amendment. Teaching will meet expectations when it is professional, inclusive, engaged and research-informed, as described in the 2019 MOU. The numerical scores provided from student Course Evaluations or Student Experience Surveys cannot be used as the sole standard for assessing teaching quality. Instead, evaluators will consider insights from peers and the faculty themselves, in addition to student comments and other materials provided in the teaching portfolio.
Personnel committees and unit heads are invited to use this optional template for the Evaluation of Teaching section of their tenure or promotion letters
The Supplementary File
The supplementary file provides additional evidence relevant to the promotion and/or tenure review such as: scholarship portfolio, teaching portfolio and additional teaching related materials, service portfolio, equity and inclusion portfolio. When materials contained in the supplementary file are submitted as hard copies, they will be returned to the candidate following final action on the promotion and/or tenure review.