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Retention / Progress toward Tenure. Patricia Linton, Ph.D. Professor of English Senior Associate Dean for Academics College of Arts and Sciences. Review for Retention/Progress toward Tenure. Annual until tenure Review of prior academic year except UNAC fourth year comprehensive review

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Retention progress toward tenure

Retention / Progress toward Tenure

Patricia Linton, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Senior Associate Dean for Academics

College of Arts and Sciences

Review for retention progress toward tenure
Review for Retention/Progress toward Tenure

  • Annual until tenure

  • Review of prior academic year except UNAC fourth year comprehensive review

  • Potential for Success

  • Frequency

  • Scope

  • Evaluative standard

Levels of review uaft
Levels of Review: UAFT

Extended campus director (if applicable)

Department Chair

College peer-review committee


Review each year until tenured

Levels of review unac annual
Levels of Review: UNAC annual

Department chair at the request of the Dean (provided the department chair is tenured)


Review each year until tenured

Comprehensive fourth year review unac
Comprehensive Fourth Year Review: UNAC

Department chair (if tenured)

College/disciplinary peer-review committee


University-wide Faculty Evaluation Committee


Chancellor (upon faculty member’s request)

Format of uaft file
Format of UAFT File

Organized by workload category (teaching, service, research or creative activity)

Table of Contents

Labels on divider tabs in words (not numbers keyed to another page)

One medium-sized binder for retention reviews; no boxes, no plastic sleeves. Be selective.

Uaft contents of retention file
UAFT Contents of Retention File


Self-review + Goals & Objectives

Workload Agreement for year under review

Annual Activity Report for year under review

Section on each workload category

Past reviews (findings & recommendations)

Verification of appropriate degree (certified transcript or statement that transcript is on file at OAA)

Unac contents annual
UNAC Contents: Annual

  • Required documents

    • CV

    • Annual Activity Report

  • Self-review recommended but not required

  • “Materials appropriate for the purpose of the review”

  • Demonstrate “progression toward tenure”

Comprehensive fourth year review
Comprehensive Fourth Year Review

“Comprehensive and diagnostic review” by peer review committees and administrators

If faculty member elects to stand for tenure and promotion, file cannot be withdrawn

If tenure not awarded, may not stand again until mandatory year

Depth appropriate to the review
Depth appropriate to the Review

  • One-year review

    • Address each aspect of the workload assignment

    • Do not resubmit materials from the year before except for past review (findings & recommendations)

  • Comprehensive Fourth Year Review

    • Cumulative, but organized to provide overview

    • Address each area of the workload; intro/summary

    • Analyze and evaluate; don’t just list


  • Courses taught (indicate new preps)

  • Course syllabi

  • Student evaluation summaries

  • Other suggestions

    • Evaluation by peers

    • Innovations in pedagogy; high-impact practices

    • Evidence of student success (student research, awards, publication, scholarships, exit tests)


  • Different types of service

    • Departmental

    • University

    • Professional (disciplinary, regional, national)

    • Public/Community (professionally related; not just good citizenship)

  • One-year review: not likely to address all types

  • Comprehensive review: comment on range & depth of service; progression expected for tenure

Research or creative activity
Research or Creative Activity

  • Articulation of research or creative agenda

    • Manuscripts in draft? Under review? In revision?

    • Grant proposals submitted

    • Creative productions in progress?

  • Products of research or creative activity

    • Publication

    • Grants awarded

    • Presentation or exhibition

Professional development
Professional Development

  • Advancement of professional skills; development of new competencies

    • CAFÉ

    • Disciplinary development

    • New technology