- Compiled by JLM, January 23, 2001.
- Approved by Executive Committee, January 24, 2001.
- Approved by faculty vote, May 17, 2002.
- Web formatting updated, June 2011.
Department of English Promotion and Tenure Policy Guidlines
This document is a slightly more explicit restatement of the departmental expectations embedded in the “Standards for Annual Review” section of the “Departmental Annual Review Policy and Procedures” document most recently approved by faculty on 5 May 1997. In its present form, it is intended 1) to provide some guidance for candidates for tenure and promotion and 2) to aid the Dean’s Advisory Committee in its deliberations. It should not in any way be construed as representing any change in the rigorous standards currently in force.
- The department expects all members to be active in pursuing a research agenda that leads to regular publication of work in professionally recognized outlets.
- Research productivity is not judged by quantity alone, but, above all, takes into account the quality of work published, as determined by such measures as refereed vs. non-refereed journals and presses, professional standing of journals and presses, reviews, awards, and other evidence of impact on the discipline.
- Single-authored books, substantial articles, and chapters in refereed books are normally the most highly valued research products, as reflecting the most serious investment of scholarly research and creativity.
- Reviews are normally valued least (with the exception of substantial review articles), but again, the professional standing of the outlet may affect its weighting.
- Conference papers and internal research grants are considered only as evidence of research in progress.
- Given the scarcity of external grants available to faculty in English, the absence of such grants is not deemed significant.
- In the case of creative works (stories, poems, essays, novels, etc.) similar standards apply, in that, again, both quantity and quality are considered, as well as the stature of the publication or press.
- Differences in the customary handling of such publications (e.g., reliance, at some prestigious journals, on an editor rather than a referee process) are also recognized. (See the University list of indicators of excellence and effectiveness in scholarly activities, attached.)
- In English, a first book is customarily an often extensively rewritten reworking of the doctoral dissertation.
- The department expects every faculty member to teach at a consistently competent level.
- Evaluation of competence must take into account the nature of the course being taught. For example, large-enrollment sections present particular challenges, as do courses normally enrolling a high percentage of non-majors who take the course to satisfy a requirement. Such factors are taken into consideration.
- Evaluation of teaching will not be based solely or primarily on student course evaluations, but will reflect a review of such related indicators as course syllabi, evidence of course development, peer evaluations (required for pre-tenure reviews), direction of graduate students, service on committees of graduate students, direction of individual studies, publications relating to teaching, receipt of grants for development of courses, faculty statements on the annual checklist about their aims and methods, etc. (See the University list of indicators of excellence and effectiveness in teaching, attached.)
- The department expects every member to participate constructively in the life of the department.
- Such participation is normally demonstrated by regular attendance at meetings, constructive participation in decision-making and other aspects of the functioning of the department, advising of students (as distinct from teaching), constructive colleagueship (i.e., mentoring or assistance of others in fulfilling their duties and maturing as scholars), and service on elected and/or appointed committees. It may also be demonstrated by service on the Faculty Senate or on College or University committees and service to the profession (such as reviewing papers for journals, chairing sessions at conferences, or serving as an officer of a professional society), although service of this kind does not replace participation in the life of the department.