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T&R Workshop 9.20.16

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Rick Dammers
Chairperson , University Senate Tenure and Recontracting Committee

Recontracting and Tenure Workshop
January 24, 2017

Faculty Center
Director: Deb Martin (martind@rowan.edu)
Location: James Hall 3092
Support: mentoring, sample packets, and assistance in writing and organization application materials and improving teaching

Where to go for help
Number all pages sequentially

When inserting pages use letters with numbers (14, 14A, and 15, etc.)

Two-sided copies are okay

Put supporting material in supplemental binder

Use section tabs and a table of contents for the supplemental binder

Make a strong case- don't be shy or modest

Be thoughtful, & reflective- tell your story

Focus on clarity (general audience) and completeness, not length

Respond to all issues raised in letters in most recent review cycles

Clearly indicate dates of accomplishments

iItems reported and disussed should be since last review

4th and 6th year candidates should consider providing at the front of the folder an “executive summary” of highlights of accomplishments, particularly those since the most recent review

Carefully review MOA, checklist, Senate Review Form, & Department T&R guidelines

Keep and include all evaluations and letters from Department and Senate committees, Dean, Provost and President

Keep all student evaluations and peer observations for all years

I can “teach” and/or “serve” my way to tenure.

I will certainly achieve tenure if I meet department guidelines and the department recommends me for tenure.

The levels of review beyond my department – Senate, Dean, and Provost/President – are simply formalities.

Rowan University denies no one tenure.

Initial reviews focus more on teaching

Scholarship- focus on plan early, achievement in later reviews

Expectations for service increase through the process

Faculty should “demonstrate excellence in teaching, and scholarly and creative activities, and have evidence of contributions at a level of quality appropriate for a positive tenure decision.”

Committee is examining the trajectory for each area

Sloppy and disorganized materials

Missing page numbers

Lack of reflection

Publications not clearly described

Missing signatures and dates

Missing student evaluations or peer observations

Missing copies of evaluations from previous review cycle

Not following the Senate review check list

Application Problems to Avoid
Completed checklist with page numbers and committee chair’s initials

Personnel resume (basic vita)

Assigned Load Worksheet

Job Description

Departmental information
(terminal degree, T&R criteria, role of department chair, specific criteria for peer observations)

Candidate’s self-assessment and plans

Student evaluations, peer observations and candidate’s response

Prior Evaluations: Department, Dean and Provost/President

Optional Supplemental Folder

Application Packet Contents
Dean reviews candidate’s folder, prepares a recommendation to the Provost/President, and gives the candidate a copy

Provost/President reviews the candidate’s folder and all forwarded recommendations, formulates his/her own recommendation, and notifies the Senate T&R Committee and the candidate

Tenure is conferred at Board of Trustees meeting and begins in September of Year 6/7.

“No” vote from the department or “no” vote from Senate triggers a hearing

University Senate T&R Committee can schedule a hearing if it deems important information is missing

Purpose of the hearing is to gather additional information

Senate T&R Committee meets separately with candidate and the candidate’s department

Senate T&R Committee, the candidate and the department are each entitled to an AFT representative

University Senate T&R Committee Chair is elected and committee members are selected

Candidate submits one original application and supplemental folder and one PDF application

Readers review applications carefully and report to the committee

Senate T&R Committee meets to discuss each candidate’s packet in detail

Senate committee votes and writes a summary letter(s) including numerical vote

Senate committee chair and candidate sign summary evaluation letter

Signed letter becomes part of the packet forwarded to the President/Provost with the candidate's original packet
Four Criteria:


Scholarly and Creative Activity/ Professional Development

Service to University Community

Service to Wider and Professional Community

T&R Review Cycles
Check and double-check file organization

Have proof-reader check spelling and grammar

Provide a blank copy of the student evaluation form completed by your students

Explain the scoring of the student evaluations, including the range (0-4? 1-5?) and value (5 = poor? 5 = excellent) of points

Create a table that summarizes student evaluations with dates and classes by semester

Provide the context for your experiences as a teacher, scholar and professional.

Make a convincing case that what you have done has merit and is deserving of recontracting.

Show you have responded to and reflected upon prior issues.

Student Evaluations and Peer Observations
T&R Process – University Senate
Department approves criteria

Department elects the Dept. T&R Committee

Candidate works with Department T&R Committee to prepare application

Department T&R Committee reviews and appraises the application, then votes

Department T&R Committee members sign the summary

Signed summary becomes a part of the application package reviewed by the Senate
T&R Process – Department
Review Process
Tenure Criteria
Application Document
T&R Process- Hearings
T&R Process - President/Provost
Tenure 'Myths'
Questions and Discussion
Recent and Upcoming Changes
Staggered Fall Submission Deadlines

Six year review cycle for new faculty

Addition of external reviewer

Increased importance of Scholarly/Creative Activity

Formalized Dept. Document Review

* New Checklist/format

PDF Submission

Criteria are defined university-wide by the collective bargaining agreement

Published in the T&R Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
(This is where you get the forms you need)

Department documents provide specific interpretation of university criteria

Start Fall '14 and after
Departments Documents establish 'what counts' (criteria)
Specific feedback (standards) is provided through dept./senate/ administrative feedback
(i.e. numerical counts in dept. documents are not valid)
Post review cycle meetings between Dean and Dept. Committees
Criteria and Standards
Anticipate external reviewer feedback

Establishing a scholarly plan

What areas of work are valid?

What venues are valid, and how are they valued?

Providing context for scholarly work (i.e. multiple authorship and journal standing)

Grant expectations

Make an accurate assessment about candidates' long term value to the university community

Provide clear and accurate feedback to candidates in each review cycle
Process Goals
Anticipate external reviewer feedback

Establish a scholarly plan

Check alignment of work with departmental document

Consider what venues are valid, and how are they valued

Provide context for scholarly work (i.e. multiple authorship and journal standing)

Grant expectations
Start before July '14
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