Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure

Also see: College of Education Procedures for Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Review

Faculty members undergo a number of important reviews during their academic careers. Every new faculty member should be attentive to the development and evolution of his or her career. Reflecting on one’s development and progress, and preserving evidence of accomplishments in all domains of one’s assignment are valuable when preparing portfolios for review and evaluation. The College Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (RPTC) holds workshops that are designed to orient colleagues at all stages of their careers, but particularly those who are new to MSU, to the review and evaluation process. The following video clips and presentations provide considerable insight into the faculty reviews in the College and University. And the Procedures document, linked below, outlines the current guidelines governing the entire process.

Briefly, the review unfolds along the following timeline; each year, the Dean’s Office alerts department chairpersons about upcoming deadlines for each stage of the process, which are derived from dates set by the Provost’s Office. The process formally begins in late spring or early summer, when candidates anticipating mandatory of voluntary review begin discussing, where appropriate, potential external reviewers with their chairpersons. Candidates complete their portfolios, based on explicit guidelines provided by the Dean’s Office, and submit them to their departments during late summer. During the fall, Departmental RPT Committees read the files and make recommendations to Department Chairpersons. The chairs make recommendations to the dean, usually by December 1. The dean asks the College RPT Committee to review the credentials and to make a recommendation, usually by late January. The dean then makes a decision based upon a close reading of all of the candidate’s files and associated recommendations. The dean then discusses the College decision with representatives of the Provost’s Office in February, and University procedures lead ultimately to Board of Trustee actions during the summer.