Tenure and promotion letters for college faculty
February 26, 2014 2:54 PM Subscribe
Academics, what is your institution's policy about tenure and promotion letters? Specifically, once the decision to award or deny tenure is made, does a candidate standardly get a letter detailing the committee's reasons? What is the letter like and who reviews it? Looking also for pointers to faculty handbooks where the letter process is described, and links to policies/recommendations from professional associations like AAUP or MLA on this.
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An institution I'm associated with (a small college in the US) is considering changing its system. It has historically given a letter describing the committee's rationale, but now is considering a system where candidates would NOT be given a letter. Candidates would get the rationale described verbally by an administrator, but wouldn't get anything in writing. This goes for pre-tenure continuance reviews too.
In evaluating this change, it would be helpful to know how standard these letters are... does virtually every institution give them, or is it a variable thing? Do professional associations recommend that faculty should get letters for these decisions?
Would also be good to know what the process looks like (do the letters follow a rubric, who writes them, who reviews them, etc).
References to documents I can point to online are especially helpful.