Renewal or Nonrenewal of Pre-Tenure Faculty

The Department Chair shares in confidence the pre-tenure faculty member’s Annual Review report with the tenured members of the department in developing a recommendation for renewal or non-renewal of the pre-tenure faculty member’s appointment. The recommendation, signed by the Department Chair and the tenured members of the department’s faculty, along with the reasons for the recommendation, must be received by the Provost by November 15.

The Provost reviews each case with the President and conveys a decision to the department chair by December 15.

In the case of pre-tenure faculty in their first year of appointment, since there is no Annual Review report of the prior year’s performance, an abbreviated Annual Review report of the results of the first-semester’s appointment will be shared in confidence with the tenured members of the department in developing a recommendation for renewal or nonrenewal of the pre-tenure faculty member’s appointment. The Provost must receive this recommendation and the reasons therefore by February 1. It is to be placed at the end of the Annual Review report and must be signed by the Department Chair and the tenured members of the department’s faculty. The Provost reviews each case with the President and conveys a decision to the Department Chair by February 15.

In cases of non-renewal, the College follows the AAUP recommendations in “Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments” (AAUP Policy Documents and Reports as amended). Faculty members not being renewed will be notified by the Provost. Faculty members in their first year receive three (3) months’ notice, no later than March 1 of their first year of service to the College.

Faculty members in their second year of service receive six (6) months’ notice, no later than December 15 of their second year of service to the College.

Faculty members in their third year, to the end of their tenure probationary period, receive twelve (12 ) months’ notice. Such notification is normally sent to the faculty member at the time contracts are issued, but in no instance will notification occur later than twelve (12) months before the expiration of the appointment.

Applies To: 
Faculty
Last Updated: 
08/15/2018
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