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Tenured Faculty Policy

In accordance with University Regulations (Chapter III, Section 5), the Department of History shall conduct a review of each tenured faculty member every fifth year following the award of tenure. The procedures for this review shall be as follows (revised on November 1, 2006).

  1. A Review of Tenured Faculty (RTF) chair shall be elected annually from the rank of full professor by vote of the tenured faculty and shall chair all of the RTF committees constituted for that year.
  1. To ensure adequate time for the collection of information and to schedule classroom visitations, ad hoc RTF committees will be created and the review process will begin at the beginning of fall semester.
  1. Individual RTF committees shall consist of four tenured faculty members, one of whom will normally be from another department. The RTF chair shall designate one member of the committee, the faculty member under review shall designate a second member of the committee, and together these three persons shall choose the outside member of the committee. No faculty member shall serve on an ad hoc committee in a year in which he/she is under review. The department chair may not be a member of a RTF committee.
  1. The RTF chair, acting on behalf of the department chair, shall collect the most current vitae and supporting materials on research, teaching and service for the faculty members under review. The Department Teaching Committee shall submit a report based on course evaluations relevant to the period under review. The faculty members under review shall submit to the RTF committee a statement of career assessment and goals along with any other material pertinent to the committee's deliberations.
  1. After studying the files, the RTF committee shall prepare a written evaluation of the faculty member under review. The evaluation shall be shown to the faculty member, who may request a meeting with the review committee to discuss the evaluation before it is sent to the department chair.
  1. The RTF Committee shall report its findings to the department chair no later than March 1. In the event of an unfavorable report, the department chair shall convene a meeting with the RTF Committee and the faculty member to determine a course of remedial action.
  1. After studying the RTF Committee Report, the department chair shall prepare his/her written recommendation to be included in the RTF file. The chair's letter shall indicate basic findings, commendations, and recommendations.
  1. Prior to forwarding the file, the department chair shall send an exact copy of the RTF Committee Report and the chair's recommendation to the faculty member being reviewed.
  1. The faculty member shall have the opportunity at this time, but not the obligation, to add a written statement to his/her review file in response to the RTF Committee Report or the chair's recommendation. Written notice of this option shall be included with the copy of the chair's recommendation which is sent to the faculty member. If the faculty member chooses to add such a statement to the file, that statement must be submitted to the department chair within seven days, except in extenuating circumstances, of the date upon which the chair's recommendation is delivered to the faculty member under review. Such statement shall be added to the RTF file before forwarding.
  1. By April 1, the department chair shall forward his/her individual recommendation (in the form of a letter indicating Basic Findings, Commendations, and Recommendations) as well as the RTF Committee's report and any statement submitted by the faculty member under review to the dean of the College of Humanities. The department chair shall identify the kinds of resources and activities necessary to implement the recommendations made to the dean. A copy of the chair's letter to the dean shall also be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  1. The report of the RTF Committee and the recommendation of the chair shall become part of the faculty member's personnel file for purposes of annual merit consideration and reference for the next five-year review.
  1. It is understood that the purpose of the RTF process is to enhance faculty development.
Last Updated: 4/1/21