Increase Faculty Diversity

Review tenure and promotion processes

Implicit bias can have unintended effects on evaluations and collegiality among faculty. To mitigate these effects and understand their prevalence, the faculty of each school will review their tenure and promotion processes through their appropriate governance structures and report outcomes and proposed new practices to their deans, the president, and the provost by June 1, 2017. 

School Deans

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Committee Advisory to the President (CAP), which reviews all tenure and promotion cases, undertook a review of its policies. If found no significant issues with their process. However, through faculty governance committees, several clarifications to the language describing the processes, and an amendment to the appeal process of decisions to broaden the number of people who could bring an appeal, were made to the tenure and promotion processes as outlined in the Faculty Handbook. These clarifications and amendment were voted on by the faculty during 2017 and 2018, and the revisions are now reflected in the current version of the Guidelines For Appointments, Reappointments, Promotion and Tenure of the Faculty.

Review of these guidelines is a regular part of faculty governance work.