Faculty Appointments & Review — Changes in Standards

Standards To Be Applied When Standards Have Changed Since Faculty Member's Initial Appointment or Promotion to Current Rank

The Operations Manual, III-10.5, was amended in February 2001 to include the following provision:

"A candidate for tenure and/or promotion or reappointment shall be evaluated under the relevant, clearly defined standards of the faculty member's academic unit(s) that were 1) in effect at the time of the faculty member's initial appointment or promotion to the rank currently held; 2) any such standards in effect since that time; or 3) any such standards in effect at the time of the evaluation, whichever of these the candidate elects. However, no standards may be applied if they were superseded more years ago than the time specified as normal time at rank (adjusted to account for any extension, family leave, or illness granted to the faculty member). For assistant professors, the normal time in rank is six years and for associate professors, seven years (see III-5a). The candidate shall make an election under this section no later than the end of the academic year prior to the academic year in which the candidate is considered for tenure and/or promotion or reappointment. Absent such election, the standards for evaluation shall be those standards in effect at the end of the academic year before the academic year in which the candidate is considered for tenure and/or promotion or reappointment.."

The Faculty Senate has also passed a resolution to amend Operations Manual Sections III-10.1a(4)(b); III-10.1(a)(4)(c); III-10.2; III-29.5f(2)(b) to conform to the above policy.