February

Quick Overview

  • Schedule class visits and exchanges for the spring semester, as appropriate
  • Discuss requirements for the following year with those colleagues who will stand for reappointment, tenure or renewal
  • Course packet and catalog copy due to Registrar’s Office
  • Staffing requests for new tenure-track appointments due March 1
  • Late Feb. – early March – Receive Staffing Report Part I memo from DOF and schedule department/program meetings as appropriate
  • Meet with the Dean and Provost to discuss concerns and annual updates

Evaluation

For departments and programs that include class visits or class exchanges as part of their review process, these class visits should be arranged for the spring semester. Since coordinating schedules is often a challenge, these arrangements should be made early in the semester. Guidelines for class visits are outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

For non-tenured faculty returning from Assistant Professor Leave in the spring semester, a written report of scholarly activities during the leave should be submitted to the chair, with a copy to the dean of the faculty. The AP Leave report will be assessed as part of the evaluation of scholarship for tenure. [due mid-February]

This month and early March, you will receive memos regarding faculty in your department or program who are standing for tenure, reappointment, or renewal in the coming fall, together with instructions on what you will need to receive from them in the coming months. You should discuss these requirements with the non-tenured faculty member as early as possible and inform the dean of the faculty of this by submitting the signature form for tenure or reappointment.  With the exception of outside reviews, the components of a reappointment decision are essentially identical to those for a tenure decision. You’ll want to collect these materials from the appropriate non-tenured faculty members by July 1 (for tenure candidates) or early August (for reappointment candidates).

  • Self-evaluation
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Copy of scholarly writings or artistic works
  • Reviews of scholarly or artistic works that have appeared in professional or other publications
  • Course syllabi and other relevant material
  • Any other materials or information that the non-tenured faculty member would like to have considered

Those non-tenured faculty who will stand for tenure in the coming fall should also be compiling a list of three to six potential outside reviewers. This list should be submitted to the chair by the end of spring break, preferably earlier. Prior to soliciting the reviewers, the chair should submit to the dean of the faculty potential reviewers’ names and institutions as well as their relationship to the faculty member, if any.  Templates for the letters to be sent to external reviewers, inviting and confirming their participation, can be found in the online Chairs’ Handbook in the Supplementary Information and Forms section. See Faculty Handbook for details on the selection and solicitation of outside reviewers

Staffing/Hiring

As your searches conclude or enter the final stages, remember that Marybeth Mitts, the Manager of Spouse Partner Resources is available to answer questions that you or your candidates might have about employment for spouses and partners.

Please notify the dean of the faculty office of the results of your searches.

Please send a signed hardcopy of the offer letter and acceptance letters along with a CV for all successful searches as soon as possible.

You will receive a memo regarding Part I of the annual Staffing Report, which deals with requests for new and visiting faculty positions, and with ongoing faculty staffing levels. The CEP asks for a copy of the request for new tenure-track positions by March 1; the rest of the Staffing Report is due in April. So plan early. To complete Part I of the staffing report, you probably will wish to schedule a department or program meeting. Issues to consider should include, but not be limited to:

  • What does staffing look like over the next five years, considering leave patterns, anticipated retirements, etc.?
  • What are the department’s or program’s curricular needs, and how do these resonate within the context of the overall college curriculum?
  • What areas of the college curriculum would the department/program like to see developed? (this may come as a separate request from the CEP)
  • How able is your department/program to serve its non-majors or concentrators as well as its majors?

In addition, you should contact the chair(s) of any interdisciplinary program(s) that will be requesting staffing contributions from your department over the next several years. As stated in the Faculty Handbook: “The College expects that department and program chairs will work out mutually agreeable allocations of faculty time that will allow for the staffing of courses both within the department and its major and within a program’s concentration or major…. Regular consultation between department and program chairs is essential to addressing the concerns and meeting the needs of each.”  Faculty Handbook

Curriculum

The Course Packet, including all courses to be offered under your department’s or program’s prefix for the following year, is due to the registrar. You may look to previous years’ submissions from your department or program for guidance on format, etc.

After your course packet is submitted, please relay relevant information to the chairs of any departments or programs to which you are providing faculty or with which you cross list courses.

Catalog copy is due to the registrar. This is not part of the course packet; rather, it is the general description of the department/program, requirements for the major, and so on. Significant changes to this portion will already have been discussed with the CEP during the fall semester. [due mid February]

Preferred class hours and classroom needs for the upcoming year are due to the registrar. Although individual preferences from faculty members should be accommodated where possible, chairs should keep the structure of the department/program’s curriculum in mind, as class times can affect student course selection. [due late February]

Monitor course enrollment figures for the spring semester. The registrar’s office will send you an update as the semester begins.

Other

Meetings are scheduled by the dean of faculty’s office in February and March for each department and program (with FTE) chair  to get together with the dean of the faculty, provost, and president. The purpose of the meeting is twofold:

1) The chair will help the dean of the faculty, provost, and president interpret the annual updates from his or her department or program colleagues, so that they may make a more informed judgment on merit raises, specifically contextualizing SCS results, enrollments, and self-evaluation of faculty teaching performance; contextualizing scholarship or artwork, i.e. helping the dean of the faculty, provost, and president to understand the significance of scholarship or artwork; and contextualizing community service, especially, but not only, within the department or program. Faculty members who do not submit an annual update are not eligible for merit raises.

2) The chair should take the opportunity to raise any issues of concern to the chair and/or members of the department/program with the dean of the faculty, provost, and president.

Please be sure that new faculty are aware of the First3.  First3 lunches are open to all faculty in their first and second years, and they are held during the noon hour once each week, either Mondays or Thursdays. If it is possible to avoid scheduling young faculty in the noon time slot on those days, they should be able to participate in this valuable program. Making it possible for them to attend is especially important in the spring semester if they had a conflict which prevented participation in the fall.

New faculty (those beginning in the spring semester) should be invited to the February faculty meeting, where they will be introduced by the dean of the faculty. When you receive a list of new spring semester faculty, please check it over, both to ensure that the list contains no errors or omissions and so that the new faculty may be properly introduced.