Considerations for Tenure

University Guidelines identify the specific standards for tenure by which the School adheres. That is, the School’s guidelines for tenure mirror university policy. In general, tenure is established when strong performance and commitment to ongoing improvement in classroom instruction and fulfillment of advising responsibilities is demonstrated. Evidence of mentoring students must be presented and, when possible, involvement in doctoral dissertation directing / co-directing and/or master’s level theses/project advisement. Examples of strong performance and ongoing improvement are required through multiple indicators. Such indicators may include, but are not limited to: positive peer evaluations, positive Student evaluations and comments, development of new courses and programs that are responsive to current needs, innovative teaching and learning methods, participation in learning communities, advising/mentorship of students, demonstration of teaching efforts that reflect consideration and modification of teaching practice based on data and feedback, and establishing a meaningful line of inquiry around effective teaching practices. The quality and impact of the candidate’s teaching record and must be articulated within the Contextual Statement using factors such as those identified in this Handbook.