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Serving on Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Review Committees: A Faculty Guide, 2nd Edition

Serving on Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Review Committees: A Faculty Guide, 2nd Edition

Robert M. Diamond

ISBN: 978-1-882-98249-3 January 2002 Jossey-Bass 96 Pages


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This is a concise, easy-to-use guide for committee members involved in the review of faculty for tenure, post-tenure, promotion, or contract renewal. While the focus of these committees is somewhat different across institutions, the questions asked, the data collected, and the need for a high-quality, equitable process is consistent. Provosts, deans, department chairs, and other committee members have found this book an essential resource rich in valuable suggestions.

This second edition expands and updates the discussion of the differences among the disciplines; interdisciplinary and collaborative work; special assignments; documenting scholarly, professional, and creative work; and the professional portfolio. While maintaining its practical, comprehensive approach, it also provides new information on

  • Technology and the changing roles of faculty
  • The importance of assessing faculty collegiality
  • Documenting an instructional innovation or use of technology
  • The narrative portions of the teaching portfolio
  • Two new disciplinary statements
  • Documenting effectiveness and impact as a member of a team
  • Characteristic models for describing faculty scholarship

The book is organized into two parts:

Part I consists of some basic principles for committee members; important consideration of such issues as existing policies and statements relating to promotion and tenure and the priorities of the institution and academic unit; and documenting and assessing faculty work.

Part II features disciplinary statements on the work of faculty; useful references and resources; and examples of how to document a range of nonresearch-related faculty’s scholarly and professional activities.

About The Author.




Part I: Process.

1. Some Basic Principles.

2. Important Considerations.

3. Documenting and Assessing Faculty Work.

4. In Summary.

Part II: Resources.

5. The Disciplines Consider Scholarship.

6. Student Ratings of Faculty: Special Instructional Settings.

7. Evaluating Teaching: Selected Additional References.

8. Evaluating an Advisor: Slected Items from the ACT Survey of Academic Advising.

9. Documenting Effectiveness and Impact as a Member of a Team.

10. Assessing Collegiality: A Faculty Survey.

11. Documenting and Assessing Work of Faculty.

12. Documenting an Instructional Innovation or Use of Technology: Guidelines for Faculty.

13. The Teaching Portfolio: Narrative Guidelines for Faculty.

14. Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Review.


"… essential for anyone involved in the review of faculty."
—Anne Hook (AAHE Bulletin, September 2002)