April

Quick Overview

  • Identify students to interview for evaluation of untenured colleagues, as appropriate
  • Meet with first year tenure-track faculty and submit signature form to DoF (either in April or May)
  • Notify untenured faculty with no decision pending when the department would like an updated CV and brief statement
  • Part I of Staffing Report due this month
  • Winter Study course packets are due to the Winter Study Committee
  • Place book orders at Water Street Books (by mid April)

Evaluation

(also May) Solicit names of students to be interviewed who are currently in the classes of untenured faculty members. See Faculty Handbook for details of the student interview process. Typically, half of the students interviewed come from those recommended by the untenured faculty member; the other half may be chosen by the department, at the discretion of the chair. Some departments opt to have these students randomly selected by the Registrar’s Office.

Remind new and visiting faculty who started in the spring semester that they are required to use course evaluations at the end of the term. Advise them as to how the evaluation forms are to be administered.

Towards the end of his or her first year, meet with each faculty member whose appointment carries eligibility for tenure to review their work, convey pertinent information, and give appropriate advice. Using a signature form, the chair and the untenured member notify the dean of the faculty when the meeting has taken place.

Discuss the tenure or reappointment process with untenured faculty member as early as possible and inform the dean of the faculty by submitting the signature form.

Staffing/Hiring

Part I of Staffing Report due. This is a senior faculty report and should be discussed by all tenured members of the department or program. It does not, however, need to be initialed by all tenured members. For details on what is to be included in the report, refer to the memo you received in February, as well as the Faculty Handbook. [due mid April]

Curriculum

Instructors should submit WSP course descriptions to chairs for review. [due early April]

WSP course packet should be submitted to the WSP Committee. [due mid April]

Though it may seem impossibly early to be planning for fall semester courses, the Higher Education Opportunity Act mandates that students be informed of book expenses associated with courses for which they preregister. Thus, please remind your colleagues to place their book orders at Water Street Books as early as possible.