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Overview of Review Process: First Review

Unless there is credit for prior service, the First Review will take place in the third year of appointment, following the professional consultation that occurs in the second year. As a faculty member under review, it is your obligation to be familiar with the complete procedures and responsibilities outlined in the Faculty Handbook. The information presented here is intended as a supplement to the Handbook language. Any questions about the procedures can be directed to Tim Spears, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In the semester preceding the semester in which the First Review is scheduled:

Normally in the spring of your second year, you should do the following.

  • Arrange with your chair an appropriate schedule of classroom visitation over two terms (the term before the review occurs, and the term in which the review occurs).  The chair must visit at least two classes.  Note that all classroom visits must be agreed on in advance by you and the visitors.
  • You have the option of requesting a meeting with your chair to discuss your performance and suggestions for possible improvement; any such meeting should occur before the end of the term in which the visits took place.

Before the start of the semester in which the review is scheduled:

  • Compile a dossier, as described in the Guidelines section. 
  • Submit one copy of the dossier to the department chair and one copy to the Reappointments Committee by the date indicated on the Academic Affairs website, under Review Deadlines for 2013-2014.

Early in the semester in which the review occurs:

  • You should arrange a schedule of classroom visits with the chair or the chair’s designate.  
  • If desired, invite other senior colleagues to visit classes.  Note that it is the chair’s responsibility to ensure that the number of visits does not disrupt your courses.  Note that all classroom visits must be agreed on in advance by you and the visitors.
  • You have the option of requesting a meeting with your chair and senior colleagues who visit your class to discuss your performance and suggestions for possible improvement; any such meeting should occur before the end of the term in which the visits took place.
  • If you participate in an interdisciplinary program and your involvement is not explicitly stated in your appointment letter, you have the option of requesting that the VPAA solicit a letter from the appropriate program director.  Note that unless involvement is specified in your appointment letter, no such letter will be solicited unless you specifically request that the VPAA do so.
  • The Reappointments Committee will contact you to schedule an interview between you and your RC liaison to discuss any matters pertinent to the review.
  • The RC will also contact you to arrange classroom visitation.  Two members of the RC will each visit at least 2 classes, or one class and one public lecture.

In the semester following the review:

  • The Reappointments Committee will schedule a meeting with you within 4 weeks of the completion of the review to provide an assessment of your performance and to summarize the decision.
  • Following that meeting, the Dean of the Faculty will arrange a meeting with you and your department chair to discuss progress in teaching and scholarship.