The Rank and Tenure (R&T) Committee offers the following informal guidelines to help you through the process.

Rank and Tenure

In order to assist faculty members with the preparation of self-studies (Form A) in the Rank and Tenure process (interim reviews, tenure, and promotion), the Rank and Tenure (R&T) Committee offers the following informal guidelines to help you through the process.


The R&T Committee limits its review of cases to the criteria for reappointment, promotion, and tenure as set out in Sec. 2.6 of the Faculty Handbook. Hence, the Committee looks first and most importantly to the faculty member and, secondly, to the faculty member’s department chair/program director and dean, to present a clear and evidence-based case for how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship and service satisfy these criteria.  Note that these criteria include how the faculty member’s activities in these three areas demonstrate the ”commitment of faculty to the aims and ideals of the College,” as expressed in the Mission Statement, while “taking into consideration the nature, purposes, and goals of specific programs.” 

Also, if this is not your initial review, you will want to review the letter you last received from the Committee.   Since the Committee is committed to helping each faculty member build a successful career at the College, the Committee often will raise questions or provide suggestions for the candidate to consider in future self-studies.  Locate these in the letter and address them as you think appropriate.

Finally, the membership of the Rank and Tenure Committee changes each year, and as such, it is important for you to recognize that new members will be reviewing your case. While the members can always go back and review your previous Form A, if it exists, it is helpful to the committee members if you prepare a new Form A each year. By including material from previous submissions with your current updates and future plans, the committee members will have a complete picture of your past, current, and future record.

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