Post-Tenure Reviews

The post-tenure review is designed to allow faculty members to reflect on their progress toward career goals and to enter into periodic professional development conversations with their department chair(s), Associate Dean(s) or Dean of the College as they consider their future contributions to the college and to their  discipline.

Course evaluations for post-tenure reviews
Every year each tenured faculty member will distribute either a pre-designed or a self-designed course evaluation to at least two classes of students and make the completed evaluations available to the faculty member’s department chair. The minimum number of courses evaluated is based upon a full-time load and can be pro-rated for partial teaching loads.
Additional information about developing and administering course evaluations

Professional Development Plan (PDP)
The faculty member shall draft a professional development plan (PDP) and share it with the department chair before October 1 of the fourth year after a sabbatical. Before drafting a plan, the faculty member is encouraged to explore external funding or other opportunities (as appropriate to discipline). The PDP should include the following:

    • A reflection on professional development over the past three years, including a discussion of scholarship/professional activity, teaching, service, and advising
    • A proposal for developing scholarship and pedagogy, including ideas for external opportunities and/or funding (where appropriate) in support of both upcoming sabbatical and longer-term professional activities
    • An updated CV

Professional development conversation
By the end of the fourth year after a sabbatical, each tenured faculty member will have a conversation with relevant department chair(s) and associate dean(s) about the faculty member’s course evaluations and PDP, and how the College might best support career objectives, including, where relevant, advancement to promotion in rank.

Faculty Manual provisions for post-tenure reviews
See Section 4.VI.A (Standards for Faculty Evaluation) and Section 4.VI.C.1 (Post-Tenure Review Process)

Suggested department chair timeline related to the PTR process
Spring: Receive list from Associate Dean of faculty members scheduled for a professional development conversation in the following academic year.

Summer: Contact faculty scheduled for professional development conversation, requesting a professional development plan by October 1.

Early September: Remind all tenured faculty of the requirement that they administer a course evaluation in at least one-third of the classes taught in your department.

By October 1: Receive a professional development plan from all faculty identified by the Associate Dean for a professional development conversation. Schedule the conversations with the faculty members.

Early February: Contact department faculty to remind them of their obligation to administer, and share with you, at least two course evaluations.

April: Receive list from Associate Dean of next year’s candidates for a professional development conversation.

May: Complete any remaining professional development conversations.