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Standards and Procedures on Promotion and Tenure FY2017

Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate
Standards and Procedures on Promotion and Tenure
Description: 

Under the standards and procedures for promotion and tenure (FSRR Article VI), this committee provides guidance for units in the development of unit level promotion and tenure criteria and procedures and reviews those documents for ensure compliance with university requirements.
 

Membership: shall be composed of six members of the faculty appointed for staggered three-year terms. The Vice Provost for Faculty Development and a representative from the Faculty Executive Committee shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee.

Members: 

Chair: Robert Sorem, Mechanical Engineering (2018)
William Keel, Germanic Languages (2017)
Siyuan Han, Physics and Astronomy (2018)
Jerry Crawford, Journalism (2017)
Claudia Dozier, ABS, (2019)
Heidi Hallman (2019) 
Ex-officio: Ruben Flores, FacEx Representative
                 Mary Lee Hummert, Vice Provost, Faculty Development

Charges: 

FY2017 STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION AND TENURE (SPPT)

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 8, 2016

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

Standing charges: 

1.   Review department and school criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure pursuant to section 6.3.5.1 of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations for consistency with the requirements of Article VI of the rules and regulations, and approve criteria, guidelines, and procedures that are consistent with those requirements.  Identify inconsistencies and coordinate with the Provost’s office to provide feedback to departments, the College, schools, and other administrative units to correct problems.  Submit issues that cannot be resolved to FacEx as provided in section 6.3.5.1 (ongoing).

2.   Review guidelines and forms developed by the Provost, and procedures developed by the UCPT, pursuant to 6.3.5.2 for consistency with the requirements of Article VI of the rules and regulations, and identify problems or concerns.  Provide comments to the Provost and UCPT, and report issues that cannot be resolved to FacEx as provided in section 6.3.5.2 (ongoing).

3.   Promote and facilitate compliance with the standards and procedural requirements of Article VI of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations by maintaining and disseminating guidance documents for departments, the College, schools, and other administrative units (ongoing).

4.   Monitor the implementation of Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations concerning Promotion and Tenure.  Identify issues and problems as they arise and report recommendations to FacEx as needed (ongoing).

5.   In coordination with the Policy Office, annually review technical modifications to Promotion and Tenure polices submitted to the Policy Library.

Specific charges:

  1. FSRR 6.4.1 provides that each department, school, or other administrative unit must incorporate a plan for mentoring faculty before tenure. This committee should review all mentoring plans to determine if they provide sufficiently specific details to be effective in ensuring all faculty have access to strong mentoring and guidance as they make progress toward tenure review.
  2. The committee should also examine the extent to which faculty development includes access to training and guidance on handling issues of diversity and inclusion that may arise in the classroom or otherwise in fulfilling their teaching responsibilities. Provide a report and make specific recommendations as to how to better support faculty and identify the tools and training necessary to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students.
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