Performance Assessment

  1. Tables 3-1, 3-2A, 3-2B, 3-3A, 3-3B, 3-4A, and 3-4B (shown below) provide a rating scale along with assessment criteria and guidelines used for evaluation of a tenured/tenure-track faculty member’s performance in the areas of Scholarship, Teaching, and University Service. 
    1. Candidates for tenure must have a minimal rating of “Excellent” in Scholarship; a minimal rating of “Very Good” in Teaching; and a minimal rating of “Meets Obligations” in University Citizenship. A candidate applying for early tenure must significantly exceed the performance required for on-time tenure.
    2. Candidates for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor must have a minimal rating of “Excellent” in Scholarship; a minimal rating of “Very Good” in Teaching; and a minimal rating of “Meets Obligations” in University Citizenship. Letters from external reviewers must show substantial support for promotion, and ideally, would indicate that the candidate is recognized as an emerging national/international expert in his/her area of expertise. A candidate applying for early promotion to Associate Professor must significantly exceed the performance required for on-time promotion to Associate Professor.
      The following list exemplifies accomplishments that are highly considered for promotion to Associate Professor. 
      The candidate: 

      ⦁    Has demonstrated a history of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship. 
      ⦁    Has obtained extensive and substantive grant awards for nationally competitive extramural research grants as a principal investigator. 
      ⦁    Is recognized as an international/national expert in his/her area of expertise.
      ⦁    Has developed and established new, successful academic programs. 
      ⦁    Has developed and established new, successful research areas/programs.
      ⦁    Has significantly enhanced existing academic programs and research programs.
      ⦁    Has advanced knowledge through original research. 
      ⦁    Has a record of sustained scholarship with a measurable impact on the field.
      ⦁    Has a history of continuous and/or extensive submission of proposals for research.
       
    3. Candidates for promotion from Associate Professor to Professor must have a rating of “Outstanding” in Scholarship; a minimal rating of “Very Good” in Teaching; and a rating of “Exceeds Obligations” in University Citizenship. Letters from external reviewers must show strong support for promotion, and ideally, would indicate that the candidate is recognized as an established national/international expert in his/her area of expertise. A candidate applying for early promotion to Professor must significantly exceed the performance required for on-time promotion to Professor.
      The following list exemplifies accomplishments that are highly considered for promotion to Professor. 
      The candidate: 

      ⦁    Has demonstrated a history of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship. 
      ⦁    Has obtained extensive and substantive grant awards for nationally competitive extramural research grants as a principal investigator. 
      ⦁    Is recognized as an international/national expert in his/her area of expertise.
      ⦁    Has developed and established new, successful academic programs. 
      ⦁    Has developed and established new, successful research areas/programs.
      ⦁    Has significantly enhanced existing academic programs and research programs.
      ⦁    Has advanced knowledge through original research. 
      ⦁    Has a record of sustained scholarship with a measurable impact on the field.
      ⦁    Has a history of continuous and/or extensive submission of proposals for research.
       
  2. The activities provided on the various “Criteria for Evaluation” tables are not meant to be an exhaustive list or mandatory checklist. It is recognized that some individuals may have valid accomplishments that should be considered that are not listed in the tables. 
  3. Candidates for tenure and promotion should consult most closely with their initial letters of appointment, their letters of reappointment, the CAE Faculty Handbook, their Academic Program Director, and their senior faculty colleagues for guidance on specific requirements and expectations. 
  4. The performance expectations for tenure and promotion do not apply identically across all faculty members in the College. Some faculty have appointments in which the scholarly expectations involve primarily traditional academic publications, while others will receive appointments in which the scholarly expectations involve primarily professional and/or applied accomplishment. Also, grant-writing expectations will vary depending on the availability of extramural funding in the faculty members’ areas of specialization. 
  5. For all candidates for tenure and promotion, the College considers three broad categories of work: scholarship, teaching and service, but definitions, particularly of scholarship, will vary some from discipline to discipline. Initial letters of appointment and letters of reappointment always take precedence over the College Handbook for purposes of tenure and promotion decisions.
  6. The ad hoc review committee and the Dean may provide a positive recommendation for advancement in those cases where a candidate displays an exceptionally high level of accomplishment in some matters that outweighs lesser accomplishments in other areas. 
     

    Table 3-1. Faculty Performance Standards/Criteria for Tenure and Promotion

    Category

    Minimum Required Performance

    Scholarship

    Teaching

    University Citizenship

    Tenure

    Excellent

    Very Good

    Meets Obligations

    Promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

    Excellent

    Very Good

    Meets Obligations

    Promotion from Associate Professor to Professor

    Outstanding

    Very Good

    Exceeds Obligations