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Reappointment

In general, successful annual reappointment reviews for non-tenured TT faculty will show evidence of progress toward the requirements for tenure on three measurable criteria: scholarship and/or creative activity, teaching, and service to the profession and the institution. In addition to these, consideration is given to personal integrity and professional behavior as recognized by the University community and as demonstrated in all aspects of scholarship and citizenship. Specific concerns expressed by the RT&P review committee and/or the director during annual reviews must be addressed by the candidate in subsequent reviews.

1. Research and Creative Activity - see table 2.A

To attain a rating of “very good”, candidates should be professionally active as researchers or creative artists, which activity is indicated by publications or exhibitions each year, with a clear research focus emerging over time. As an external indicator of this activity, candidates will have begun to establish a strong positive professional reputation, with publications, presentations, and exhibitions at the regional, and increasingly, national and international levels over time which shows promise for having significant impact on the field (or discipline) during the pre-tenure years. Ratings of “excellent” are awarded only exceptionally at this stage, since reputation is still being built.

2. Teaching - see table 2.B

In order to be reappointed, candidates should attain a minimum rating of “good” in the scholarship of teaching by the end of the third year, recognizing that strong teaching takes time to develop. Candidates should demonstrate aspiration to “very good” ratings, even as differentials of assignment across the School mean that some assignments typically involve formats in which it is difficult to achieve strongly positive results.

Teaching quality will be evidenced in official teaching evaluation forms (SSIs), reports by the teaching observation committee based on observed classroom instruction, and/or other activity related to pedagogy, such as supervision of student research or publication of pedagogical research, advising, and curricular/course development.

3. Service and University Citizenship - see table 2.C

In order to be reappointed, candidates will have demonstrated some amount of active and cooperative service at one or more of the following levels: the program, division, school, college, university. This service and collegiality will increase as their experience grows.

Special Note for Reappointment

The third-year review is particularly important: during this review, evidence for all three categories must rate minimally as “good,” with the understanding that a “very good” will be required for tenure. If at any time any criterion is assessed below the level of “good”, the candidate will, in consultation with the school director, devise plans for improvement and/or development, in order to attain levels of at least “very good.”