When faculty members are
eligible and apply for promotion or tenure, all aspects of their
professional life--performance of major functional responsibilities,
professional development, and college/community service--will be assessed.
The promotion and tenure application process operates on these
Faculty members are accountable for their job performance and
responsible for complying with the promotion and tenure application
procedures specified in this document.
All aspects of faculty job performance should be addressed in an
application and portfolio. The applicant may use a number of evaluators who are in
positions to judge the faculty member's job performance from different
points of view: recipients of service, colleagues, department
chairpersons, program directors, deans, and vice presidents.
It is the responsibility of faculty members seeking promotion or
tenure to present the best possible case for persuading peers and
supervisors of their worthiness for promotion and/or tenure.
Faculty members are entitled to due process and fairness.
The promotion and tenure application process provides safeguards
against violations of privacy, against anonymous or unsubstantiated
allegations, against secret files, and against the insertion of
information at late stages of the decision-making process.
All persons making recommendations see the same data in the same
The promotion and tenure application process provides opportunities
for written rebuttal at every step of the recommendation process.
All faculty members have the right to appeal decisions based on
college guidelines for such appeals.
Faculty members are entitled to know in advance the general
criteria and procedures used to assess their applications for promotion
and tenure. The promotion and
tenure application procedures in this document spell these out in detail,
and they are the same for all faculty serving in similar functions.
Persons and committees exercising judgment and making
promotion and tenure recommendations shall do so only after fair
and impartial consideration of the performance and qualifications of the
applicants, and of other factors related to the efficient administration
of the college.