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9.1 For promotion or appointment as associate professor or full professor, whether or not involving the grant of tenure. (If the reviewer is a collaborator, please use the collaborator letter template instead.)
Dear [reviewer’s title name]:
I am requesting your assistance on behalf of the [Department/School] in a frank evaluation of the scholarship [or artistic work] of [candidate name], who is being considered for [appointment/promotion] to the rank of [ ] professor [with/without tenure] [Or he/she already holds tenure.]. I have enclosed
8.1 Dossier Overview
A checklist for dossier preparation is provided in the appendix of this UCAPT Manual. Details about each section are provided in the materials that follow. Potential modifications for senior lateral appointment dossiers are noted in section 6.2. If questions arise in dossier preparation, the Provost’s Office is available for consultation.
The Recommendation for Appointment or Recommendation for Promotion form should be included in the front of the dossier.
Included below is a sample summary of both the candidate’s portions and
Part 7 – Information for Librarians and Research, Teaching, Practitioner and Clinical (RTPC) Faculty (UCAPT)
7.1 Information on Librarian Promotions and Appointments
For librarians, the President receives the advice of the University Committee on Librarian Appointments, Promotions and Continuing Appointments (see Faculty Handbook 4-H (1)). Librarians must possess a strong service commitment along with a theoretical, broadly-based understanding of how information is created, organized, disseminated, accessed, preserved, and recast to encourage new discoveries. The primary emphasis in promotions and the grant of continuing appointments to librarians is on excellent professional performance in discharging the librarian’s responsibilities.
6.1 Timing and the UCAPT Process
Senior lateral appointments use the same basic dossier format and UCAPT process as promotions, but some abbreviation and modifications of the process are permissible, as detailed below.
All appointment offers require approval by the Provost through the UCAPT process if they are at the associate professor or professor rank, with or without tenure. The Provost’s approval must be obtained before a firm offer letter is issued. (However, visiting, RTPC, and assistant professor appointments are made by
The designation “Clinical Scholar” is awarded by the President of the University after a recommendation by UCAPT. It is intended to convey the same honor and dignity as tenured status, though without the employment guarantees of tenure. Faculty Handbook section 4-B provides that Clinical Scholar and similar titles are for individuals who have gained high scholarly distinction in their fields, primarily engaged in clinical, creative, or professional practice, teaching, or research, but whose effort profile or type of research differs
4.1 Standards for Promotion
Standards and expectations are discussed in Section 2.
4.2 Timeline for Promotion
Number of years in rank is not part of the requirements for promotion to full professor. The timing is individual, and expectations vary by discipline. A dossier put forward for promotion earlier than usual does not need to meet any enhanced standard.
4.3 Contents of the Dossier
See section 8 of this Manual for a detailed description of dossier contents.
4.4 Resubmission of a Dossier after a Negative Decision
A new recommendation for promotion
3.1 Standards for Tenure
Standards and expectations are discussed in Section 2.
3.2 Timeline for Tenure
The offer letter should provide each newly appointed tenure-track faculty member with a Tenure Decision Date, as detailed in Faculty Handbook section 4-D(1). The Tenure Decision Date is one year before the end of the probationary period.
3.3 Pre-Tenure Reviews
Tenure-track faculty members undergo regular performance reviews (concerning progress toward meeting tenure standards) and annual reappointment. Because they are appointed on a series of one-year contracts, tenure-track faculty members may be
2.1 Expectations and Standards for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure
The primary factors considered in appointment, promotion, and tenure decisions are excellence and creativity in both scholarly research and teaching, as documented in the dossier, with outstanding performance required in one—almost always research—and strong performance in the other. The University values scholars who have made important and original contributions, who have had an impact on their field, and whose work shows a clear arc of intellectual and creative development.
Every appointment, promotion, and grant
Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Process
1.1 Overview of Process
Appointment, promotion, and tenure processes involve multiple levels of review. An example of a path for a tenure case in a departmentalized school is: (1) review and vote on a recommendation by the tenured faculty in the candidate’s department (after a report from a department faculty reviewing committee), (2) review and recommendation by the dean (after a report from a school level faculty reviewing committee), and (3) final decision by the Provost (advised
Faculty governance, a guiding principle of this University, necessitates that the ultimate recommendation on key personnel decisions is made by committees composed of faculty at the university level that serve to ensure consistency and fairness, as well as to maintain the upward trajectory of faculty excellence at the University.
The University Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure (UCAPT) serves as the ultimate advisory body to the Provost, who retains final authority on behalf of the President. Panels of UCAPT advise the