Best Practices Checklist: Promotion and Tenure Reviews
Is your university using contemporary best practices for promotion and tenure reviews?
If you are involved in faculty affairs, or processes of formal faculty review—such as tenure, promotion, or annual reviews—at an institution of higher education, you’re going to want to consider this detailed checklist of specific, demonstrable best practices.
Increasingly, colleges and universities are seeking ways to make their shared governance-based workflows around faculty review processes more transparent, equitable, and efficient.
Meant for comparison against your school’s current practices, the checklist poses questions about pressing considerations like:
Freeing up faculty time and reducing the burden of managing materials
Protecting confidential information and ensuring equitable treatment of all candidates
Projecting resource needs more accurately and avoiding unnecessary costs
Why it matters
Academic leaders representing the faculty, administrative, and information technology camps have come to recognize that institutional policies around faculty advancement carry substantial burdens that can—ironically—hold faculty back from the full scope of their intended role at the institution. And they have noticed that, in the information era, the absence of solid institutional data or documentation on formal academic review processes such as promotion and tenure is a significant blindspot for the institution.