Tenure & Timeline: First and Second Years




October 1 Candidate nominates FETs First-year candidate submits to his/her division chair names of two or three faculty to
serve as faculty evaluation team (FET).

One member of the FET will serve as a mentor/coordinator.

October 15 Division chair approves FETs

Candidate forwards names to Tenure Committee
By October 15 division chair notifies the candidate of the approval of the FET and the mentor.

After approval of the FET by the division chair, the candidate forwards member’s names to Tenure Committee.

Both Fall & Spring Semester Candidate solicits student evaluations for all courses & shares with FETs

FETs observe & submit suggestions to candidate
Candidate will solicit student feedback for all courses taught using the approved student evaluation instrument appropriate to the mode of delivery. Candidates will share copies of these evaluations with their FETs.

Each member of the FET will observe the candidate’s class or lab and share observations with the candidate. A written record, indicating any suggestions to strengthen teaching effectiveness, will be made by each FET and delivered only to the candidate.

April 1 Candidate prepares self evaluation The candidate will prepare and submit a self evaluation to the FET and division chair. The self-evaluation will describe in detail his/her progress in demonstrating eligibility for tenure and performance of all duties outlined in the Teaching Focus Policy. In addition, this report will reflect any professional and pedagogical changes from year-to-year throughout the tenure process.

April 15 Mentor calls team meeting with Division Chair & FETs The mentor, other FET member, and the division chair meets as a group to discuss the candidate’s progress, self-evaluation, classroom observations, and student evaluations. The mentor shall call these meetings.

May 1 Mentor writes formative evaluation & forwards to division chair, tenure committee, candidate The mentor prepares and submits an informal, formative written evaluation indicating the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses and providing recommendations for improvement and/or development, as determined by a consensus of the group.  If the group cannot reach a consensus, the dissenting evaluation should also be included.

The mentor will provide copies of these year-end formative evaluations to the appropriate division chair, the Tenure Committee and the candidate.

May 15 Tenure committee meets to discuss concerns If any deficiencies are noted, the Tenure Committee will meet by May 15 to review the mentors’ formative evaluations.

The committee will require the FET and division chair to develop a plan to address noted concerns and submit the plan to the candidate and to the Tenure Committee by June 1.