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FAC 4.B.5. Criteria.

 

(1)   Decisions relating to renewal of appointments or recommending of tenure shall require an evaluation of the candidate’s contribution to the university in the areas of teaching, scholarly activities, and service. The relative importance of each function of the evaluation process shall be decided by department/equivalent and college faculties.

(2)   Renewal and tenure criteria must exist for all initial levels and colleges.

(3)   Renewal and tenure criteria are subject to periodic review .

(a)   The purpose of such review is to assure that consensus exists among all participants in the renewal/tenure decision process as to the nature and rigor of the criteria as they are to be applied in future decisions. Reviews are intended to orient participants to a clear understanding of established criterion but need not lead to change.

(b)   Renewal/tenure criteria are normally reviewed every five years or whenever participants in the renewal/tenure process deem it necessary.

      1. The Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Deans, college governance bodies, or initial levels may initiate a review of initial level criteria at any time they deem circumstances warrant.
      2. The Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Deans, or college governance body may initiate a review of college criteria at any time they deem circumstances warrant.

(4)   Consistent with the practices of shared governance, changes in criteria require the agreement of all levels participating in the tenure and renewal process.

(a)   Initial level criteria require the agreement of the initial level, college faculty, Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor and Chancellor.

(b)   College criteria require the agreement of the college faculty, Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor and Chancellor.

(c)   The procedure for agreement by college faculty shall be determined by each college’s bylaws.

(5)   The degree and performance requirements for obtaining tenure will be no less than those set forth in FAC 5 for promotion to associate professor.

(6)   The criteria in effect for any particular renewal/tenure decision are those criteria that were operational at the time that the probationary faculty member commenced his/her appointment as a tenure track probationary faculty member. Renewal/tenure criteria adopted subsequent to appointment will be applied when the probationary faculty member makes a written request to the initial level of review. This request must precede or accompany the submission of the renewal/tenure papers that are filed by the probationary faculty member.

(7)   It is the responsibility of the Department Chairs to make sure that all faculty in their departments/equivalent are aware of these criteria.

(a)   Each Department Chair will review the initial level, college, and university criteria currently in effect with probationary faculty at the onset of employment, and thereafter no less frequently than once per year.

(b)   If the initial level, college, or university criteria are changed, the department chairs will immediately review the changes with all faculty in the department/equivalent.

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