Reviews for Reappointment and Tenure at Middlebury College

Faculty on both regular and term appointments are subject to periodic reviews by either the Promotions Committee or the Reappointments Committee.  The principles and procedures governing faculty reviews are described in detail here, and all participants in reviews should consider that the definitive source on review procedures.  This site provides supplemental information and guidance to candidates undergoing their First Review, Tenure Review, or Review for Promotion to Professor.  The information herein is specifically targeted at candidates, and Chairs/Directors and other participants should consult the Handbook for information about their roles.  Please note that the “Overview” sections summarize information available in the Faculty Rules, while the  “Guidelines” section describes best practices for engaging reviews.  Questions about the review process should be directed to Sujata Moorti, Vice President for Academic Affairs (ovpaa@middlebury.edu).

The Promotions Committee advises the president on each case in which a faculty member is under review for tenure or for promotion to professor, or is facing dismissal. The committee consists of three tenured full professors elected by the faculty from the full-time teaching faculty. No more than two members of the committee may be from one division and no more than one from a department.

2019-2020 Membership

Peter Nelson, Geography (through spring 2020)

Kathryn Morse, History/Env. Studies (through spring 2021) (on leave 2019-20)

Molly Costanza-Robinson, Env. Studies/Chemistry & Biochemistry (through spring 2022)

Marion Wells, English and American Literatures (through spring 2022)

The Reappointments Committee advises the president in all reappointment reviews, including the First Review and Contract Reviews. This committee also conducts ten-year reviews. The committee consists of three tenured full professors elected by the faculty from the full-time teaching faculty. No more than two members of the committee may be from one division and no more than one from a department.

2019-20 Membership

Marcia Collaer, Psychology (through spring 2020)

Jeff Munroe, Geology (through spring 2020)

Chris Keathley, Film & Media (through spring 2021)

Sandra Carletti, Italian (through spring 2022) (on leave spring 2020)

Information for Chairs with colleagues under review

In addition to the guidelines for colleague letters, the chair or director is urged to read the rules regarding our Rules for Reappointment and Tenure in the Middlebury handbook. Guidelines are provided for each review, both tenure-track reviews and contract reviews. Questions should be directed to the VPAA.

Faculty Course Response forms can be viewed for all departmental colleagues here. Login is required. Should you want to read off-campus, you must use VPN.

Review deadlines for 2019-20

Each year, the VPAA's office provides deadlines for the reviews to take place each year. The appropriate deadlines are listed below for those undergoing reviews this academic year. 

Fall Reviews

July 5Chairs and candidates for tenure and promotion must submit names of outside scholars
September 9Candidate dossier must be submitted via USB drive or email to the VPAA office
October 16Outside referee letters (if requested) due
Tenured colleagues from dept & program (if requested) due
October 30Department chair & Program director (if 
requested) letters due
December 15Decision notification for fall First, Contract and Promotion Reviews
January 24Decision notification for Tenure Reviews

Winter Reviews

December 9Candidate dossier must be submitted via USB drive or email to the VPAA office
January 10Tenured colleagues & program colleagues (if requested) letters due
January 24Department chair & program director (if requested) letters due
February 15Notification of decision

 

Spring Reviews

October 14Chairs and candidates for tenure and promotion must submit names of outside scholars
February 10Candidate dossier must be submitted by USB drive or email to the VPAA office
March 9

Tenured colleagues & program colleagues (if requested) letters due

Outside referee letters (if requested) due

March 20Department chair & program director (if requested) letters due
May 15Decision notification for spring First, Contract, Tenure and Promotion reviews
June 1Ten-year reviews completed

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