USFA e-Letter: It’s never too soon to think about tenure or promotion

Today is the best day to start thinking about your promotion/tenure case. You have a lot of resources to help you with your case.

By May 31, your Department Head or Dean should have met with you to discuss your progress with respect to the approved standards, with which you should be familiar.

You don’t give students much credit for answering a question other than the one you asked them to answer. Similarly, your colleagues will not give you much credit for activity other than that needed to meet your standards.

Be sure you understand the meaning of all terms. If your standards are vague, you should ask how they have been interpreted in the past. Your Dean, Department Head, or faculty mentor should be able to provide you with further advice.

It is the responsibility of your Department Head or Dean to gather information and documentation for your case file. It is your responsibility to know what has been gathered and to add whatever you consider necessary to demonstrating you have met the standards.

For tenure, and promotion to full professor, your department or college committees will select several independent external reviewers. Your standards will describe the selection process, and you generally will have an opportunity for input.

Notify your Department Head or Dean as soon as possible that you intend to go forward for tenure or promotion, but no later than June 15.

By June 30, you should have been advised to provide anything you want included in your case file and it needs to be in by August 1.

If you have questions about the tenure or promotion procedure, feel free to include them in a reply to this email, and someone will get in touch with you.

Don’t forget, if you are planning to go forward for renewal, tenure or promotion this fall, consider joining USFA representatives at the University Club from11:30 to 1:30 April 8 (in the Red Room) or April 14 (in the Club Room), to talk about the process. Lunch will be provided, so please reply to this email if you are interested in attending or let us know by phone (306-966-5609).