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Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
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III.B.1. Mid-Probation Review
Non-tenured, tenure-track Faculty members will be evaluated in a “mid-probation” review. A
favorable “mid-probation” evaluation is not to be construed as an assurance that tenure will be
granted at the end of the probationary period.
At the beginning of the “mid-probation” academic year, which is typically the third year as an
assistant professor, the Provost will inform the Promotion and Tenure Committee of all faculty
members who will be undergoing the mid-probation review. The faculty member prepares a mid-
probation assessment of his/her teaching, scholarship and service. This self-assessment, a current
CV, all numerical course evaluation scores, and a representative sampling of responses to
narrative course evaluation questions should be submitted to the Department Chair no later than
January 20. The Chair will add the Department’s assessment of the candidate’s teaching (based
on classroom observations and review of teaching evaluations), scholarship, and service, and
submit the entire dossier to the Provost no later than February 1. The Provost discusses progress
toward tenure with the faculty member and in the presence of the Department Chair. The
Provost prepares a written summary of the faculty member’s progress toward tenure and the
discussion held with the faculty member and department chair. This summary is discussed with
the Promotion and Tenure Committee. A copy of the summary is placed in the faculty member’s
file for later use in the promotion and tenure review process and a copy is given to the faculty
member.
III.B.2. Procedures for Granting Tenure
Tenure is granted to members of the Faculty by the College through the President, to whom this
authority has been delegated, and goes into effect following ratification by the Board of Trustees.
This action is taken only after a detailed examination of a Faculty member’s work at the College
and of his or her professional accomplishments. Tenure is rarely offered with the initial
appointment of a senior academic to the College Faculty. A candidate for tenure is expected to
hold the appropriate terminal degree. Normally, no member of the Faculty may teach more than
seven years at the College without being granted tenure. Exceptions are made only in those
special circumstances where the College determines that a term contract is appropriate.
All tenure recommendations are confidential until acted on by the President, with whom the final
decision rests for promotion, tenure, and non-reappointment. However, if the President intends to
pursue an action other than that recommended by the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the
President, or the Provost acting on the President’s behalf, will meet with the Promotion and
Tenure Committee to discuss the difference. If the President and the Committee continue to
disagree, the President will report the facts surrounding the disagreement to the Chair of the
Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees may review the action of the President if the Board
deems such a review as necessary.
Candidates for tenure must submit a letter of intent to the Provost no later than September 15.
Included in this letter should be a list of at least five individuals not affiliated with the College