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VIII. Post-Tenure Review

The faculty member under review shall submit copies of their c.v. and Personal Statement.  This material, along with the annual activities reports, the student evaluations and, for associate professors, the departmental recommendation, provide the Faculty Salary Committee with evidence of the candidate's continuing engagement in teaching, scholarship or artistic activity, and service in the Vassar community.  In making merit determinations, the committee shall consider all three areas of performance, which, taken together, give evidence of different levels of performance by tenured members of the faculty.   It is understood, however, that patterns of focus may vary responsibly at different points in a faculty member’s career.   Under these circumstances, the Faculty Salary Committee will consider in its evaluation the weighting of the three areas and of contributions within each area as presented in the candidate's self-analysis in the Personal Statement. The categories of merit are distinction, high merit, merit, and no merit. 

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A. Procedures for Associate Professors

  1. A merit review shall be made by the department in which the faculty member holds appointment. In the case of joint appointments, the program shall do a separate merit.

  2. When faculty so request, they shall receive a merit review also from other departments and from multidisciplinary programs in which they have participated during the period of service under review (but not from the Independent, Interdepartmental, or the College Course Programs). The request shall be made in writing to the department chair or program director, with a copy to the dean of the faculty.

  3. The consideration of scholarship, artistic activity, or other relevant accomplishments shall ordinarily be limited to works and activities whose dates of publication, or performance lie within the review period.

  4. All department and program reviews shall result in a letter that shall not call for a specific amount of increase but shall recommend a category of distinction, high merit, merit and not merit.

  5. The recommendation summarizing points of view presented shall be written by the chair, after consultation with members of the department or program at the rank of full professor. All participants in the review shall be afforded the opportunity to sign the letter.

  6. If the chair is an associate professor, faculty of the same rank undergoing post tenure review shall be evaluated by the full professors, one of them — ordinarily the most senior — acting as chair. If there are no full professors, associate professors may request either evaluation by the chair or no departmental evaluation.

  7. Faculty participating in the review shall maintain confidentiality concerning all aspects of the review.

  8. Copies of recommendation letters shall be given to faculty members and placed in their files in the respective department or program as well as the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

  9. Above the departmental level, reviews shall be conducted, in the first round, by the dean of the faculty and the full professors on FASC (FSC). In a second round, the president shall join the dean and FSC.

  10. In reviews of faculty from their home departments, members of FSC shall abstain from the reviews conducted by FSC and shall instead participate in the reviews conducted by their departments.

  11. The merit category and salary figure shall be communicated to faculty in writing. At the conclusion of the salary review process, a record of the Faculty Appointment and Salary Committee's ratings for untenured assistant professors and tenured associate professors in the department, without names attached, will be provided to the department chair or the chair of the review committee, for the information of those who have conducted the review.

  12. In addition to a salary letter, the dean of the faculty shall communicate in writing the results of the review: an assessment of the faculty member's performance in the realms of teaching, scholarship, professional and artistic activity, and service. The letter may also include offers of institutional support for the development of skills in teaching, scholarship, and creative endeavor. Support may be offered in such formats as grants, adjustments in teaching responsibilities, and assistance in applying for funding within or outside the college. The letter may also suggest a personal meeting between the dean and the faculty member. Faculty, in turn, may request a personal meeting with the dean. The letter shall not be sent to the department but it shall become a part of the faculty member's dossier for future reviews by FASC, the dean of the faculty and the president.
    (Approved by the faculty, May 17, 2006)

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B. Procedure for Full Professors

  1. Full professors undergoing post-tenure review may, but need not, request, an evaluation by other full professors in the department. If the department chair is not a full professor, ordinarily the most senior eligible full professor shall act as chair.
  2. When faculty so request, they shall receive a review also from full professors in other departments and /or multidisciplinary programs in which they have participated during the period of service under review (but not from the Independent, Interdepartmental, or the College Course Programs). The request shall be made in writing to the department chair or program director, with a copy to the dean of the faculty.

  3. The consideration of scholarship, artistic activity, or other relevant accomplishments shall ordinarily be limited to works and activities whose dates of publication, presentation, or performance lie within the review period.

  4. Copies of recommendation letters shall be given to faculty members and placed in their files in the respective department or program as well as the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

  5. In the first round the review shall be conducted by the full professors on FASC and the dean of the faculty. In the second round, the president shall join the dean and members of FASC. The full professors on FASC shall be reviewed by the president and the dean only, not by the other full professors on FASC.

  6. The dean of the faculty shall communicate the category of merit and an assessment of the faculty member's performance in the realms of teaching, scholarship, professional and artistic activity, and service. The letter may also include offers of institutional support for the development of skills in teaching, scholarship, and creative endeavor. Support may be offered in such formats as grants, adjustments in teaching responsibilities, and assistance in applying for funding within or outside the college. The letter may also suggest a personal meeting between the dean and the faculty member. Faculty, in turn, may request a personal meeting with the dean.

  7. The letter shall not be sent to the department, but it shall become part of the faculty member’s dossier in the dean of the faculty office for future reviews.
    (Approved by the Faculty April 20, 2005, and September 5, 2018)

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