Overview and General Information for Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty RTP

  1. The role of the College in matters of reappointment, the granting of indefinite tenure, and promotion in rank is defined by policies stated in the Tenured/Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement (Addendum A: University Policy Regarding Faculty Promotion (3342-6-15); Addendum B University Policy Regarding Faculty Tenure (3342-6-14); Addendum C University Policy and Procedures Regarding Faculty Reappointment (3342-6-16)), and in the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Staff issued annually by the Provost’s Office.  .
  2. The Dean shall assign a tenured faculty member as a mentor to each probationary tenure-track candidate upon his/her initial appointment.  The mentor shall be responsible for providing guidance and advice to the candidate regarding reappointment, tenure, and promotion policies and processes.  The mentor will also provide advice to the candidate to assist in his/her teaching and professional development, and in creating research and publication opportunities.
  3. Faculty are strongly encouraged to seek out institutional resources (e.g., workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.) that are periodically made available by the University to obtain further information regarding faculty professional development, file organization and construction, and research and grant opportunities.
  4. RTP criteria are included in the approved College Handbook in place when the faculty member was hired in a tenure-track appointment.  Candidates may, instead, elect to use the RTP criteria in the current College Handbook for their review.  In any case, candidates should clearly specify in their file(s) which College Handbook they have selected, and include the relevant pages in their file(s).
  5. Evaluation of tenured/tenure-track faculty shall focus on the areas of teaching, scholarship/research, and service/citizenship.  All tenured/tenure-track faculty of the college are expected to achieve excellence in scholarly activity for tenure and promotion advancement.
  6. The decision to grant tenure and promotion plays a crucial role in determining the quality of the College faculty and in the perceived status of the College at both the national and international level.  Tenure and promotion will be awarded only when there is documented, convincing evidence that there is a body of scholarship which has had a positive impact on the candidate’s discipline, high quality teaching, and quality service that suggests continual success in these areas.