Section A: Introduction
Section B: Published Scholarship
Section C: Teaching
Section D: Service
Section E: Negative Recommendations
Faculty status, including the granting of tenure, is primarily a faculty responsibility. The School of Liberal Arts (SLA) Promotion and Tenure Committee (P&T) represents the SLA faculty in matters of evaluation of cases of Third-Year Review, promotion to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, and the granting of tenure. The Committee and its composition are described in the School of Liberal Arts Constitution. The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts is not a member of the Committee, but provides the provost with independent recommendations on cases decided by the committee.
Tenure-track faculty members are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the requirements, timetable, and procedures for consideration for promotion and tenure. (Schedules for submission of information or materials to the P&T Committee are listed on the School of Liberal Arts website. Requirements for organization of information on the curriculum vitae are listed on the School of Liberal Arts website.)
The candidate for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure or for promotion to Full Professor must indicate his/her intent by the spring deadline established in the Faculty Action Timetable. Occasionally, in cases of illness, family crisis, or maternity leave, stoppage of the "tenure clock" may be negotiated with the Dean if supported by the candidate's department.
The candidate may provide the department with a short list of no more than 4 scholars who could provide a knowledgeable and objective evaluation of the candidate's dossier (none should be advisors, former professors, mentors, or close collaborators); the candidate may also provide a short list of 2-3 scholars who may not be able to provide a fair evaluation of scholarly/creative work presented. The candidate must provide the department with a CV in P&T format and a one-paragraph overview of his/her research area(s) and orientation. The lists, CV, and overview shall be given via Interfolio to the department by the date set in the Faculty Action Timetable (approximately a month before the department's own deadline for securing evaluators). The candidate will receive notice from the SLA Dean's Office when an Interfolio case folder is available for the candidate to upload and submit dossier materials online.
Per the specified date in the Faculty Action Timetable, the candidate shall provide the department with a total of at least eight copies of the research dossier (including CV, Five-year Plan, and publications/works numbered as on the CV). The candidate shall provide via Interfolio online one research dossier for internal review and retention. (The candidate shall also provide two hard copies, one for the department and one for the P&T Committee, of any dossier materials that cannot be uploaded into Interfolio.) The other seven copies are for external review as needed and will be apportioned as follows: four to the department, and three to the P&T Committee. The remaining seven dossiers shall be provided in hard copy or digital form, subject to the candidate’s consultation with the department and P&T Committee (via the SLA Assistant Dean) regarding reviewers’ stated preferences. It is advised that the candidate consult with the department in the preparation of these documents.
The candidate shall submit via Interfolio the teaching and service parts of the dossier for internal review. Candidates for promotion to Full Professor are required to submit a service statement. The candidate also shall provide two hard copies--one for the department and one for the P&T Committee, of any dossier materials that cannot be uploaded into Interfolio. These parts of the dossier are due by the date indicated in the Faculty Action Timetable. It is advised that the candidate consult with the department in the preparation of these documents.
In the case of a joint appointment between an academic department and a program, candidates should solicit a letter of recommendation from the program faculty and director who, unlike the departmental members, do not vote on the case. They can submit a report including commentary on the same areas covered in the departmental letter within the context of the individual's participation in the program. This letter should go to the home department first and then, with the full dossier, to the P&T Committee.
By the date on the Faculty Action Timetable, the chair of the department must inform the candidate in writing that he or she will undergo review for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure by the deadline indicated in the timetable, ask the candidate's consent to undertake such review, and obtain the candidate's written acknowledgement that such review is forthcoming. The chair of the department shall also ask eligible faculty members if they will be coming up or promotion to Full Professor. The chair shall forward this information to the SLA dean.
All tenured SLA department members with regular appointments at or above the rank for which a candidate is being considered are eligible to vote on the review cases in that department. If there are fewer than three departmental members eligible to vote, the Dean shall appoint an Ad Hoc committee to serve as the departmental body.
By the date on the Faculty Action Timetable, the department (or ad hoc committee) should solicit external evaluations from four experts in the candidate's field (see section on external evaluators, below). The department should not rely exclusively on the candidate's list. It is also expected that all the eligible departmental members participate in the identification of evaluators. The department shall provide the candidate’s CV in P&T format and research overview to potential external evaluators and also shall use relevant language from the “Sample Instructions to External Evaluators” letter on SLA’s website when soliciting potential evaluators.
By the date on the Faculty Action Timetable, the department must provide to the P&T Committee, via the candidate's case folder in Interfolio, the list of the four external evaluators the department has solicited for reports on the candidate's scholarship, the names of any individuals whom it has contacted but who did not respond or have declined to review the materials, and the names (if any) of individuals who may not be able to provide a fair evaluation. The department may also submit a short list of no more than 4 suggested referees to the P&T Committee from which the committee may select no more than one or two, if any, for its list of external evaluators. The department shall include the affiliated institutions of all such individuals solicited, suggested, or not suggested for the review.
Once the candidate's dossier, in multiple copies, has been received, and by the date on the Faculty Action Timetable, the department shall send to the external evaluators a copy of the candidate's CV, the Research/Creative part of the dossier, and the Five-year Plan. The department also shall send with the candidate’s dossier the completed “Sample Instructions to External Evaluators” letter on SLA’s website; departments should revise only basic information (e.g., department name and address, candidate’s name and department, candidate’s relevant rank/title under review, etc.) when completing the letter.
After receipt of the external evaluations, the relevant members of the departmental faculty shall review the full dossier and letters, and meet to discuss thoroughly the three areas of scholarly/creative production, teaching, and service. Prior to departmental faculty meeting to discuss the candidate’s dossier, departments also are required to perform an evaluation of teaching effectiveness based on classroom visitation and observation and include an evaluative report in the candidate’s dossier in Interfolio for department members to review.
A letter of assessment from the department for all evaluations shall contain a summary of the discussion, including a full explanation of the reasons for the positive, any negative and especially, any equally split vote(s), and shall indicate the number of faculty supporting the recommendation, the number opposing, and the number abstaining (or unable to vote for reasons of absence, etc.). Absentee and mail-in votes are not allowed. Signatures of those faculty members voting or abstaining shall appear on the letter of nomination. The letter of assessment shall state, above the signatures, that the signers have read the letter and agree that the vote tabulation is correct. The original letter shall be submitted to the P&T Committee (hard copy via the SLA Dean's Office, as well as digital copy via Interfolio) and is due with the candidate's full dossier by the specified date in the Faculty Action Timetable.
It is the obligation of the department to ensure that a candidate's dossier is complete, including a departmental letter containing the departmental vote and the reasons supporting that vote with attention given to scholarship, teaching and service; materials that evince the candidate's teaching performance; and, as appropriate to the case, copies of scholarly or creative material in the form of articles and/or books or works of artistic production.
An eligible department member who was unable to attend the department meeting may submit an independent letter to the committee giving his or her assessment of the candidate's qualifications.In extraordinary circumstances, a member who, though having attended the meeting and signed the department letter confirming the vote total, believes that the letter does not accurately reflect the opinions expressed, may submit an independent letter to the committee setting forth his or her views. Departments and ad hoc committees should strive to avoid this situation. Any independent letters submitted by department or ad hoc committee members must be made available to all other eligible members in the department or ad hoc committee. The P&T Committee will ensure that these procedures have been followed before accepting any such letters.
Faculty status, including the granting of tenure, is primarily a faculty responsibility. The School of Liberal Arts (SLA) Promotion and Tenure Committee (P&T) represents the SLA faculty in matters of evaluation of cases of Third-Year Review, promotion to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, and the granting of tenure. The Committee and its composition are described in the School of Liberal Arts Constitution. The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts is not a member of the Committee, but provides the Provost with independent recommendations on cases decided by the committee.
The P&T Committee acts on cases forwarded to it by the department in which the candidate's appointment resides.
As soon as the P&T Committee receives the list of external evaluators from the department, it begins to solicit two external evaluations of its own; it should not draw exclusively on the departmental list (see External Evaluations, below).
Once the copies of the candidate's dossier have been received, and by the date on the Faculty Action Timetable, the P&T Committee shall send to the external evaluators a copy of the candidate's CV, the Research/Creative part of the dossier, and the Five-year Plan, as well as the completed "Sample Instructions to External Evaluators" letter on SLA's website. The P&T Committee will also activate the CV from the candidate's Promotion and Tenure Review for internal use only.
After receipt of the full dossier from the department, including the departmental letter of assessment, the classroom visitation and observation report, and the external evaluations it has received, the P&T committee meets to review and discuss thoroughly the three areas of scholarly/creative production, teaching, and service. (The P&T Committee will not consider letters written by anonymous sources, or from any person not having a role in the evaluative process explicitly defined in these guidelines.)
A letter of assessment from the P&T Committee shall contain a summary of the discussion, including a full explanation of the reasons for the positive, any negative and, especially, and equally split vote(s), and shall indicate the number of eligible committee members supporting the recommendation, the number opposing, and the number abstaining (or unable to vote for reasons of absence, etc.). Signatures of those committee members voting or abstaining shall appear on the letter of nomination. The letter of assessment shall state, above the signatures, that the signers have read the letter and agree that the vote tabulation is correct. The original letter shall be submitted via Interfolio to the Dean and is due with the candidate's full dossier by the specified date in the Faculty Action Timetable.
The Dean will then forward via Interfolio the committee's decision, his/her own comments and recommendation, the department's report, and the full dossier to the Provost for a final decision on the case.
In all evaluations, if the P&T Committee recommendation counters the departmental majority recommendation, the P&T Committee shall return via Interfolio the case to the department for reconsideration with a written enumeration of specific reservations or differences of opinion regarding the merits of the case. The appropriate departmental faculty members must meet to decide whether they wish to reconsider their decision on the case. If so, the department shall have two weeks to respond in writing to the committee's opinions. Reconsideration by the department requires that a new vote be taken among the appropriate members following the voting procedure followed for the initial consideration. Letters of departmental reconsideration should indicate the number of faculty supporting the recommendation, the number opposing, and the number abstaining (or unable to vote for reasons of absence, etc.) Signatures of those faculty members voting or abstaining shall appear on the letter of reconsideration. If the department does not wish to reconsider the case, then it should return via Interfolio the dossier to the P&T Committee with statement to that effect.
(Schedules for submission of information or materials to the P&T Committee are listed on the School of Liberal Arts website. Requirements for organization of information on the curriculum vitae are listed on the School of Liberal Arts website.)
Review of cases for promotion to the rank of professor will proceed as in cases of tenure and will consider the candidate’s scholarly output, teaching performance, and citizenship. In each of these areas the expectation of demonstrable excellence will be much higher.
An important criterion for promotion to full professor is national or international visibility and leadership in the candidate’s scholarly or creative field, attested to by the departmental letter and external letters solicited by the department and by the Promotion and Tenure Committee.
If fewer than three members of the department are eligible to evaluate a given case of promotion, the chair of the department shall advise the dean of that fact. In that case, the dean shall appoint an ad hoc committee of at least three members consisting of all eligible members of the candidate’s department and additional eligible faculty members in the School of Liberal Arts from departments best able to render an evaluation. The ad hoc committee shall be responsible for evaluating all activities typically evaluated by the eligible members of the department. The report of the ad hoc committee shall then be submitted to the SLA P&T Committee.
A departmental recommendation for promotion to full professor need not be submitted unless supported by at least three full professors. In a case without sufficient supporting votes, the candidate for promotion to full professor can present a request directly to the P&T Committee for consideration of his or her case for promotion. The committee’s procedure shall be identical to that in cases for promotion presented by departments. The P&T Committee will, in this instance, receive the department’s report and external letters.
The home department will seek four and the Promotion and Tenure Committee will seek three external evaluators. (A minimum of three for the department and two for P&T is required; however, four from the department and three from the P&T committee are preferred for each case that is being evaluated.) These referees are selected because of their acknowledged expertise in the candidate's area of research and are asked to comment on the quality of the scholarship and the productivity record of the candidate. External referees are chosen from among senior faculty at prominent research universities as well as appropriate experts at research laboratories, conservatories, and other institutions of renown. The original external letters (with curriculum vitae) gathered by the department and the P&T Committee shall be submitted in hard copy form to the Dean's office and via Interfolio, per the specified date in the faculty action timetable.
The candidate may suggest names to the department, but the department will not rely exclusively on the names suggested by the candidate. Under no circumstances can a dissertation adviser, former professor, postdoctoral mentor, or close collaborative colleague serve as a referee for a candidate’s case. The candidate may provide a short list (2 or 3) of scholars supposed not able to provide a fair evaluation of the scholarly work presented. Both the home department and the P&T Committee will avoid those individuals in their lists of referees. The department must provide to the P&T Committee the list of evaluators provided by the candidate, the names of the four external evaluators it has solicited for reports on the candidate’s scholarship, and any names of individuals contacted but who declined to review the materials. The department may also submit a short list of (no more than 4) other suggested referees to the P&T Committee from which the committee may select no more than one or two, if any, names for its list of external evaluators.
The identities of all outside referees should be regarded as confidential information to all but those voting on the recommendation. When soliciting the reference, the department and the P&T Committee must assure the referee that his/her letter will not be seen by the candidate under any circumstance.
To assure confidentiality, outside evaluations solicited by the P&T Committee will not be shown to members of the department or to the candidate. The committee will, however, provide the department with a summary of key points from the external letters if the committee recommendation differs from that of the department.
In addition to the materials and the assessments from the department that are required for promotion to associate professor and tenure (see guidelines for promotion to associate professor with tenure), the department, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and external evaluators must establish that the candidate has attained a respected national and international reputation for his/her contributions to the appropriate disciplinary field or fields in which he/she researches or works.
Candidates for review should be aware that priority is given to book-length studies, articles, and essays published in top-tier, peer-reviewed venues. Any piece of scholarship that is not peer-reviewed for publication is not generally as highly respected as those pieces that have undergone that intellectual process. For candidates for promotion to associate professor with tenure and for promotion to full professor, the reports of external evaluators concerning quality, as well as the evaluation of the senior faculty of the department, will be especially important in judging how much weight will be given to publications in edited volumes or other publications that have not been submitted to peer-review. Ultimately, the P&T Committee is interested in quality, and the judgments of the department members and the committee members will be important in evaluating all publications, whether or not they have been subject to peer-review.
Edited volumes by the candidate are not considered in the same category as single-authored critical studies. Unless a candidate’s position is one of creative writer, a candidate’s creative works are not to be in the same category of work considered in his/her scholarly production. In addition, journalistic pieces are in a separate category and not considered part of the scholarly body of a candidate’s record. All of these sorts of writing should be in different sections of the curriculum vitae.
Works in print or accepted for publication and accompanied by an editor’s letter to that effect are appropriate for inclusion in the scholarly dossier. Works that are still in progress or that have only been submitted should be included in manuscript form and listed on the curriculum vitae in a section designated as such. Co-authored works should also be included and listed on the curriculum vitae in an appropriately designated section. The departmental report must include evaluation of these pieces with regard to quality and contribution to the discipline.
Candidates are expected to participate in scholarly conferences and present papers in appropriate sessions and panels.
A record of active and ongoing research and scholarly or creative productivity should consist of publications of articles and essays in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals and chapters in peer-reviewed edited volumes, when applicable. In appropriate disciplines, creative work presented in high-quality venues, both locally and nationally, is expected.
In evaluating research and scholarship, preference is given to published work that is peer-reviewed, but distinguished articles that appear in published collections and that are invited without further peer-review are also considered. It is the responsibility of the department to present a compelling argument about the high quality of all publications, but especially about those pieces, if any, that do not appear in peer-reviewed publications. It is also the responsibility of the department to make clear when an article in the latter category deserves to be treated with the weight comparable to peer review (e.g., when it is invited by a scholar of such distinction–not the candidate’s dissertation adviser–to appear in a collection with articles by other scholars of similar distinction, such that the invitation itself constitutes a signal honor for the young scholar).
Works that are in print or that are accepted for publication and accompanied by an editor’s letter to that effect are appropriate for inclusion in the scholarly dossier. Works that are still in progress or that have only been submitted should not be included in manuscript form, but rather listed on the curriculum vitae in the appropriately designated section. Works that have been submitted for publication but have not been accepted may, however, be submitted to the P&T Committee if the department has sent these manuscripts to its chosen external evaluators. The department should explicitly request its evaluators to provide a judgment of the quality of such works and provide their own assessment of such work to the committee.
Evidence of scholarly work accomplished since joining the Faculty of the School of Liberal Arts should be clearly presented, taking into account time since appointment, but likewise the work done prior to coming to Tulane should also be recognized.
Curriculum vitae must reflect clearly the categories and status of written work:
In appropriate disciplines, a single-authored, book-length scholarly study of a topic pertinent to the candidate’s field of expertise is expected. In disciplines or sub-disciplines in which a book-length study is not expected, the scholarly record must reveal an ongoing production of important articles, chapters, and essay-length works that make an impact on the field of study and are published in distinguished, peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed edited volumes.
While edited volumes are not considered in the same category as single-authored research monographs, candidates and their home departments can make appropriate arguments about the quality and disciplinary value of an edition of primary source material. External evaluators must be asked to comment carefully on the quality and value of the edition.
The placement for publication of pieces of scholarship in well-respected vehicles of publication in the candidate’s field is extremely important in the presented dossier.
At minimum, the book-length project must be accepted and under contract by a prestigious press in the field. The contract, which states that the project is finished, with all substantial revisions completed and at or beyond the copy-edited stage, including all details of publication date, must be provided.
Readers’ reports for books in press and not yet published must also be provided. For books that have been published, book reviews are required. A newly published book may not yet have been reviewed, and in that case the press’s readers’ reports are necessary for the dossier. However, these reports must not appear in the dossiers sent to the external reviewers.
Scholarship in addition to the book project is expected in the scholarly record.
Where appropriate, external funding awards to support research and scholarship are encouraged.
Documentation including but not limited to photographs, playbills, reviews, exhibit announcements of performances and exhibitions relying on the faculty member’s artistic creation (for instance, musical composition and arrangements, costume design, choreography, works of art, recordings and artistic production) and evincing the recognition beyond the local area of the faculty artist’s reputation are appropriate for inclusion in the dossier. It is expected that the scholar/artist will show evidence of having moved beyond the scholarly and/or creative record achieved when he/she earned tenure.
A five-year-plan for all disciplines must present:
When applicable, candidates should explain the relationship of proposed research to existing scholarship.
Note: Departmental review of the five-year plan should precede placement of plan into the final dossier
A teaching dossier must be submitted via Interfolio and must include:
The dossier may include additional materials, such as:
The candidate’s curriculum vitae must be included and should show:
Candidates who receive a negative decision for promotion to full professor may always come up for promotion to full professor at an appropriate time in the future. Candidates who receive a negative decision may be granted a subsequent consideration by the Promotion and Tenure Committee in the following review cycle on the basis of significant new evidence of scholarly or teaching excellence. The new material and a letter from the candidate requesting the subsequent consideration must be submitted no later than the last day of the semester following the delivery of the negative evaluation results. If the P&T Committee decides not to accept the case, then it goes no further in a review process. If, however, a majority of the P&T Committee decides to accept the case for consideration, it will forward the new dossier to the home department for evaluation. In cases where the candidate was evaluated by an ad hoc committee of SLA full professors appointed by the dean, the dossier will be forwarded to the same committee. If any member of the committee is unavailable and as a result the committee is left with fewer than three members, the dean shall appoint one or more substitutes. In the event that, due to promotions or new hires, the candidate’s department has three full professors, the dossier is returned instead to the department.
At that point, the department or ad hoc committee and the P&T Committee will proceed through the same steps followed for a new case. In instances of the presentation of new evidence for scholarship, both the department and the P&T Committee will obtain new outside letters from external reviewers. All pieces of scholarship in the newly presented dossier must be accompanied by a letter provided by the editor of the press or journal by which it has been accepted for publication and establishing the date of acceptance of the piece in question. In cases of an unsatisfactory teaching record, new evidence of significant improvement in that record must be submitted. In cases of a scant record of service, evidence must be presented that the record has measurably improved. The departmental report and vote will be submitted to the P&T Committee as usual, and the committee’s report and vote along with the dean’s recommendation will be submitted in normal fashion to the provost.
The promotion process, including the deliberations of departments and of the SLA P&T Committee, is confidential. No department, ad hoc committee, or SLA P&T committee member may share with either the candidate or any outside party other than those identified in these guidelines information concerning the deliberations. The only exception is that the department chair may share with the candidate guidance and advice resulting from the review and, at his or her discretion, may inform the candidate whether the department’s vote was positive or negative. In no case shall a candidate be told the vote tally.
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