Retention, Tenure, and Promotion
Faculty members are evaluated for retention, tenure, and promotion in the areas listed
below and according to the standards indicated for the particular personnel action
being considered. Time periods for particular personnel actions and supporting e-dossier
material relevant to each action are as follows:
- Retention: since initial appointment
- Tenure: since initial appointment
- Promotion: since initial appointment or date of last promotion whichever is the more
General Criteria for Evaluation of Faculty Members
The following are general criteria to be used in evaluating faculty members for any
personnel action. This list is not exhaustive, and the selection and relative importance
of each of these criteria will vary with the type of action contemplated as well as
the nature and mission of the department to which the faculty member is assigned.
It should also be recognized that common sense and flexibility need to be used in
the application of criteria. Faculty members truly outstanding in one (1) area but
less active or successful in others may well be contributing more to the well-being
of the University than someone adequate in all areas but outstanding in none. Reasonable
expectations for the following evaluative criteria for retention, tenure, promotion
and merit shall be established in writing at the departmental and college levels as
a standard or basis for personnel actions.
- Teaching effectiveness;
- Effectiveness in other academic assignments, including student advisement, as well
as departmental and program administrative assignments;
- Research, scholarly and creative activity;
- Professional degrees, awards, and achievements;
- Professional service (may include institutional committee assignments) to the University,
the community, and the State or Nation;
- Activities, memberships, and leadership in professional organizations;
- Evidence of continuing professional development and growth; and potential for contributions
to the objectives of the department and the University and
- Demonstrated willingness and ability to work effectively with colleagues to support
the mission of the institution and the common goals both of the institution and of
the academic organizational unit; and evidence of, regard for, and performance consistent
with, accepted standards of professional conduct.
For convenience and further clarification, APSU groups these criteria into three
general areas of evaluation: Effectiveness in Academic Assignment; Scholarly and Creative
Achievement; and Professional Contributions and Activity.
Process and Guidelines for the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Process may be found
at the links below:
There are many policies which drive the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Process.
They may be found at the links below: