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III.  TENURE

A.        Eligibility for Tenure 

The minimum qualifications for establishing eligibility for tenure are as follows (both qualifications must be met): 

1.         Rank: A faculty member must have already attained the rank of associate professor or higher before applying for tenure. 

2.         Longevity: A faculty member must have been employed as a full-time faculty member at the college for at least five years.  Except as provided in Section O (Political Activities of Faculty Members) of the Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Faculty Handbook, and except for personal (executive) leave or sick leave, time spent on authorized professional leave of absence will count as eligible service. 

B.         Criteria for Tenure 

In order to be awarded tenure, the applicant must fully satisfy the following three criteria in the judgment of the Division Tenure Committee and subsequent reviewers: 

Criterion 1:       Demonstrate consistent effectiveness in performing the major functional responsibilities.  The term "effectiveness" does not refer to any specific Deanís Performance Rating received by the applicant.  Rather, effectiveness or the lack thereof is a collective judgement that the committee should strive to reach by consensus. 

Criterion 2:       Prepare an organized, well-written, and documented portfolio, in accordance to the guidelines for tenure portfolios, providing clear evidence that the applicant meets the minimum criteria for tenure.  These minimum criteria are described in Criterion 3. 

Criterion 3:       Demonstrate at least four significant contributions to high quality education since being hired, in any combination of three or more of the following four areas.  At least one significant contribution must be in the area of Professional Emphasis.  A contribution that continues for more than one academic year may be counted as one contribution for each year. 

(1)        Professional Emphasis: (Required for all applicants) 

1.      In Instructional Methods for teaching faculty, by activities such as researching, experimenting and sharing new methods or similar activities, presenting or organizing workshops for incorporating new instructional methods in the classroom or similar activities; or

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