Reappointment of TT Faculty

The policies and procedures for reappointment are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty reappointment (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-16).  Each academic year, reappointment guidelines for faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost.  Probationary tenure-track (TT) faculty members are reviewed by the School’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee.

The Director annually assigns a tenured member of the faculty to visit at least one class session of each probationary TT faculty member, interview students in the class, evaluate the course materials and syllabus, and subsequently discuss the course and the class session with the instructor. A written evaluation is submitted to the Director for placement in the TT faculty member’s reappointment file.

Reappointment is a formal judgment—based upon the candidate’s performance in scholarship, teaching, university citizenship, and public service—made annually as to whether a tenure-track faculty member should be appointed for an additional year. This process occurs in the Spring Semester of the first year of appointment for a new faculty member and in the Fall Semester in each subsequent year until a decision is made regarding tenure. The reappointment process is intended to assess and guide tenure-track faculty members in their development as they move toward the tenure and promotion decisions. Each year’s reappointment review should take into account the candidate’s previous reappointment evaluations and should be a candid analysis of the extent to which the candidate is meeting the School’s expectations.

Because reappointment is closely related to the tenure and promotion decisions, each tenure-track faculty member undergoing an annual reappointment review should consult the relevant sections below for specific guidelines on the criteria to be utilized by the Ad Hoc Reappointment Committee and the format for compiling a reappointment file.

Specific concerns expressed by the Ad Hoc RTP Committee and/or the Director during this stage of the probationary period should be addressed by the candidate in subsequent reappointment reviews. 

In the event that concerns about a candidate’s performance are raised during the reappointment process, the Ad Hoc RTP Committee and the Director shall provide detailed comments and constructive suggestions. If concerns arise during a review that occurs after completion of three (3) full years in the probationary period, the Director, in consultation with the FAC, will advise and work with the candidate on a plan for realignment with the School’s tenure and promotion expectations; however, the candidate is solely responsible for her/his success in implementing this plan.