Policy Manual

 

Subject:

Post-Tenure Review

Policy #:

ACAD114

Authorized by:

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - 10/31/07

Approved by:

Regional Campus Dean - 10/31/07

USC Sumter tenured faculty are required to take part in the post-tenure review process and will be notified by September 15 that this is their year for review.

Review is suspended for Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans with faculty rank for the duration of the administrative appointment. At the expiration of the administrative appointment, review for these faculty members begins at year one of the process described in ACAD 114.

Tenured USC Sumter full-time faculty are required to take part in an "expanded" review process.

Schedule of review

  1. All tenured faculty members will receive an "expanded" review (or its substitute) every sixth year. Faculty may not request such a review on a more frequent schedule. A transition schedule for expanded review will be in place for faculty last reviewed (tenure/promotion) prior to 1999.

  2. The existing procedures for reviews for promotion may substitute for this "expanded" review in the years in which these processes occur. It should be noted that a "satisfactory" evaluation is sufficient for a positive post-tenure review and that recommendation for promotion is not required.

  3. Post tenure review will be waived for any faculty member who notifies the Dean of the University in writing of retirement within three years of the next scheduled review. If, at the end of this period, the faculty member decides to continue employment, he or she will be subject to post-tenure review during the current cycle.

Post Tenure Review Committee

Members of the Campus Tenure and Promotion Committee at the same or higher rank than the faculty member being reviewed will constitute the Local Committee.

Procedure

The USC Sumter Tenure and Promotion Committee will meet in accordance with existing policy. The Committee will have available for its work:

  1. A completed P & T form (see ACAD 109B).

  2. Sabbatical leave reports where applicable.

  3. A brief recommendation from the Division Chair.

  4. A statement of four (4) pages or less from the faculty member about past and anticipated future activity.

Appeals

Faculty members who are dissatisfied with the results of the Post Tenure Review Process may appeal to the USC Sumter Grievance Committee. This Committee will file its report with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the conclusion of its review.

Review of Faculty Administrators

In cases where the Division Chair is under review, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will serve in the role of the Division Chair.

Post Tenure Report

Each Committee member will have available for their report box-score forms and should indicate evaluations of "Superior," "Satisfactory," or "Unsatisfactory," or “Abstain” on the box-score form for each of the following categories:

  • Effectiveness as a Teacher and/or Librarian

  • Scholarship

  • Service

  • Overall

This report will also have a section for the Justification of the evaluation of the Committee members. This Committee will return an Overall Evaluation of "Superior," "Satisfactory", or "Unsatisfactory". USC Sumter will consider an overall evaluation of "Superior" to be a strong recommendation for a maximum merit raise in the year in which the evaluation is received.

Faculty Development Committee

The makeup of the Development Committee to assist those faculty who were given an evaluation of "Unsatisfactory" during the Post-Tenure Review process will be five non-administrative tenured faculty, chosen by the tenured non-administrative members of the Faculty Organization. The development process will include a written plan with performance goals in deficient areas, with appropriate student and peer evaluation of performance.

Procedural Outline

December 1 - Faculty members complete the preparation of their files and submit them to the Division Chair (or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if a Division Chair is under review).

December 15 - The Division Chair (or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if applicable) adds a brief recommendation to the file and forwards the file to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

January 15 - The files are transmitted to the Promotion and Tenure Committee for consideration. All members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee will evaluate each candidate’s file on each category using a box-score form and include typed justifications.

This will be the Committee’s recommendation. Both the composite box-score forms and the justifications will be included in the candidate's files.

February 15 - The Promotion and Tenure Committee completes its deliberations and forwards the files and a copy of the composite box-score form with typed justifications for each faculty member to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will forward the conclusions to the faculty member and the Division Chair.

Record Keeping

The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will forward the faculty member's file with a copy of the composite box-score form with typed justifications to the Dean's Office to be housed in the faculty member's personnel file. A copy of the composite box-score form with justification will be retained in the Academic Affairs Office.