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Governance matters

Promotion and Tenure

Chancellor Robert Hemenway recently approved new promotion and tenure standards and procedures. The provisions, which were developed by a Faculty Senate Task Force and passed by the faculty Senate last May, incorporate many significant changes designed to improve the process.

Many of the changes can and will be implemented this year, while the implementation of others will be deferred until next year. Among the changes to be implemented this year are several that will increase the transparency of the process for candidates. First, at each level of review, candidates will receive a summary evaluation of their record, including the recommendation of the committee and chair or dean; the ratings of teaching, scholarship, and service; and the reasons for the recommendation and ratings. Second, candidates will have an opportunity to submit a written response to negative recommendations and low evaluations that will be included in the record evaluated at the next level of review. Third, candidates will have an opportunity to see and participate in and respond to any request for information or "check back" from a school or college committee or from the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure.

A new Committee on Standards and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure is developing guidance documents and will review department and school or college level standards and procedures for consistency with University requirements. The revisions as approved by the Chancellor are available on line at RARTICLEVI.html.

The provisions will replace current Article VI of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations as well as the relevant portions of the Handbook for Faculty and Other Unclassified Staff.

For further information contact the governance office at

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