College of Arts and Humanities

TENURE DOCUMENT
(Approved by Faculty Senate April 1990. 6/6/97 Rev.)

The purpose of this document is to aid reviewers in the evaluation of candidates seeking tenure in departments within the College of Arts and Humanities. Its primary method is to provide guidelines that help insure that the evaluation is as objective as possible.

Standards have been set to assure that faculty who exhibit high performance levels in Teaching, Scholarly/Creative/Professional Activity and Service receive a positive tenure recommendation. Diversity within the standards accommodates faculty members with different backgrounds, talents and professional interests.

It is incumbent upon the candidate to provide all levels of review with pertinent information with respect to the categories considered. When in doubt concerning information provided, reviewers should seek clarification, including but not limited to consulting department tenure documents and requesting the candidate to appear before them. In all cases, due process, procedure, reasonableness, and fairness should be followed.

To be recommended for tenure a candidate must:

(1) Have an earned terminal degree in the discipline of primary responsibility. The recognized and accepted terminal degrees in the College of Arts & Humanities include: Ph.D.; D.M.A.; D.A.; Ed.D.; M.F.A. in all studio areas of the Visual Arts; and the M.F.A. in all creative areas of Dance and Theatre. Foreign degrees may be accepted as terminal degrees with documented evidence of equivalency and approval by the discipline as evidenced by its general acceptance in other universities and upon approval by the department and the Dean. In the event the terminal degree is not in the candidate's discipline, a terminal degree in a closely related discipline (as approved in writing by the Provost in consultation with the Appointment, Promotion, Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and the Dean) shall be required. The exception to the terminal degree requirement shall be:

The instructor specialist shall hold a relevant advanced degree and have significant professional experience as defined by the department and approved by the Dean.

(2) Provide evidence of appropriate performance in the following categories. In order to receive a positive recommendation for progress toward tenure or to be recommended for tenure, a candidate must fulfill the requirements of at least one of the following channels.

CHANNEL TEACHING SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE/ PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY SERVICE
I Excellent Good Adequate
II Good Good Good
III Excellent Adequate Good
IV Good Excellent Adequate

(3) Must adhere to professional standards of behavior as outlined in PPM Sections 9-4 through 9-8.

RATINGS

The candidates for tenure will be evaluated in each of the above categories and a rating of inadequate, adequate, good, or excellent, shall be determined and interpreted relative to the candidate's department and college peers. All levels of review should refer to department tenure documents. These documents contain department criteria and examples of activities appropriate for tenure.

A general description of each of these ratings, which shall serve as a guide to the evaluation committees, is as follows:

Inadequate:    Shall be given to a candidate who does not meet the minimum requirements of the adequate category.

Adequate:       The candidate will be rated adequate if normal duties required of all faculty members are performed in an acceptable manner. The candidate must complete assigned duties and share in unassigned workload in the department, college, and university.

The candidate will be rated adequate in the TEACHING category when rated consistently adequate by students, peers and administrators.

The candidate will be rated adequate in the SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE/ PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY category upon evidence of (1) adequate performance in Area A, or (2) good performance in Area B (as defined in the DEFINITIONS section, following).

The candidate will be rated adequate in the PROFESSIONAL SERVICE category when significant activities and performance levels indicate that the candidate is doing more than is necessary to "just get by."

Good:       A rating of good in any category means the candidate has demonstrated a substantial degree of achievement above adequate levels of performance.

The candidate will be rated good in the TEACHING category if rated consistently better than adequate by students, peers and administrators.

The candidate will be rated good in the SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE/ PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY category upon evidence of (1) good performance in Area A, or (2) excellent performance in Area B, or (3) adequate performance in Area A, combined with good performance in Area B.

The candidate will be rated good in the PROFESSIONAL SERVICE category when the candidate is performing at a level judged by peers and administrators to be above average significant duties.

Excellent:    The candidate will be rated excellent if normal duties required of all faculty members are performed consistently in an outstanding manner.

The candidate will be rated excellent in the TEACHING category if rated consistently outstanding or well above good by students, peers and administrators.

The candidate will be rated excellent in the SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE/ PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY category upon evidence of (1) excellent performance in Area A, or (2) adequate performance in Area A combined with excellent performance in Area B.

The candidate will be rated excellent in the PROFESSIONAL SERVICE category if rated consistently outstanding by peers and administrators.

DEFINITIONS OF CRITERIA AND CATEGORIES

Candidates for tenure will be evaluated in the following three categories: (1) Teaching, (2) Scholarly/Creative/Professional Activity, and (3) Service. Within each category the faculty member being considered for tenure shall be rated as excellent, good, adequate, or inadequate.

(1) Teaching

Teaching is defined as instruction conducted under the auspices of Weber State University. This category includes formal classroom instruction and student activities directly related to classroom instruction including student advisement, research projects, and co-op education.

Teaching performance will be evaluated by students, peers, and administrators. The teaching category will also include the preparation and use of teaching materials such as course syllabi, bibliographies, computer programs, and other materials primarily intended for instructional use.

Candidates should be evaluated on the basis of their individual full-load requirements.

(2) Scholarly/Creative/Professional Activity

Publication as a form of scholarly activity includes formally published professional work

which has been subject to editorial review and formal acceptance process. Research reports and published articles which have been appropriately reviewed and accepted will also be included. The publication category is reserved for scholarly output as opposed to writing activity.

Creative activities must be interpreted rather broadly because of the diversity of disciplines within the college. Specific limitations or parameters will be defined by department tenure documents. It is essential that the performance or artistic areas of the college place categorical boundaries for their individual disciplines. Creative activities include artistic works, musical performances, theatrical productions, radio and television works and any other such creative projects deemed worthy of consideration by the individual departments as outlined in their respective tenure documents.

Professional activity may be interpreted rather broadly as professional and scholarly activities that are of a nature that do not typically culminate in publications. Membership in professional organizations shall generally be considered as "service." However, important positions within professional organizations are to be considered favorably within this category. Involvement in workshops at regional or national levels should also be considered. Professional activities should include continuing formal post-graduate education that goes beyond mere maintenance of one's credentials within the discipline or field, development of entirely new fields or areas of expertise which prove of benefit to both the candidate and the department, presentation of professional papers at scholarly meetings, as well as funded research. Research may be interpreted rather broadly, but normally shall be limited to those activities which go beyond mere maintenance of professional credentials and/or staying current in the literature of the candidate's discipline.

Classifications to be included under scholarly/creative/professional activity are as follows in their order of importance. (Area A is more important than Area B.

Area A (Primary Importance)

Publication of specific research or theoretical work in the form of a book or monograph.

Publication of articles subject to review and formal acceptance processes.

Textbook publications. The key to including textbooks under publication lies in the fact that good textbooks improve teaching effectiveness not only of the author, but more importantly, for others in the profession.

Creative projects which are viewed by the public at large and are deemed noteworthy by that public. It is understood that quality in a creative area is judged most often by subjective means that may vary greatly. It is not the purpose of this document to define the judging criteria but such criteria must be established and defined by the departments involved and outlined in THEIR respective tenure documents.

Important positions in significant academic associations. This activity will qualify as one of primary importance when it is combined with significant professional activity in the field of academic interest to the association.

Consulting in the field of expertise. This activity will qualify as one of primary importance when such activities are non-routine and of significant importance.

Organizing and presenting seminars, workshops and conferences in one's field of expertise. This activity will qualify as one of primary importance when such activities are of significant importance.

Research which does not result in publication will normally not be considered in Area A. When such research activities are significant, however, they may be included in Area A.

Other professional activities not specifically identified herein shall be evaluated by the committee within the implied guidelines established in this document. Candidates should consult with the department chair and dean to establish legitimacy and appropriateness for tenure evaluation purposes.

Area B (Secondary Importance)

Activities not deemed to qualify in Area A may qualify in Area B.

Delivery of scholarly papers at academic meetings, subsequently published in a Proceedings Volume. Although of lesser importance than papers that face formal acceptance review processes, including papers delivered at meetings and subsequently published in academic journals, papers published in Proceedings are significant. Again, Proceedings of national meetings are normally of greater importance than locally sponsored meetings of local interest.

Delivery of scholarly papers at academic meetings. Although a paper may not have been subsequently published, the oral delivery to one's peers at academic meetings is a form of publication to be included in this criterion. A presented paper not subsequently published, however, is of lower importance than a published article. As a general rule, papers that have been selected for presentation in a formal evaluation and review process are more important than papers "accepted" sight unseen by the meeting organizers.

Publications for readers other than academic community. Publication of books which popularize material from one's academic field for readers normally outside that academic field and applied trade publications are included in this publication classification.

Grant work and associated output. Significant professional development may take place through research projects. Successful grant work, however, is typically placed within the service category. To be considered in the scholarly/creative/professional activity category, the research project will normally meet the requirements of subsequent publication of results. If the results are subject to formal review and acceptance, similar to those attending academic journal acceptance, the publication may be considered as equivalent, subject to determination of quality and importance.

Research reports, monographs, working papers, etc., not subject to formal academic review and acceptance may qualify in Area B, as determined by the evaluation committee.

Other professional activities not specifically identified herein shall be evaluated by the committee within the implied guidelines established in this document. Candidates should consult with the department chair and dean to establish legitimacy and appropriateness for tenure evaluation purposes.

Different orderings of the above classifications may be agreed upon in specific instances if a valid case is presented. In general, the more important the publication(s), the fewer necessary to qualify for a given rating for the scholarly/creative/professional activity category. In all cases it is to be understood that the ratings are to be based on the candidate's relative standing in relation to department and college peers. Finally, because those rating a candidate must rate scholarly/creative/professional activities, they must possess substantial familiarity with those activities. The role of a candidate advocate could appropriately be utilized in this regard. The candidate for tenure may also present to the Tenure Committee(s) an evaluation of the quality and importance of scholarly/creative/professional activity from qualified people outside of the department, college, or university.

(3) Professional Service

Service includes such activities as: speech making in the area of the candidate's expertise; consulting; committee work; popular publications; university, college, department, community and professional workshops or seminars; participation in executive development; assumption of duties and projects relating to operation of the department, college, and university, and participation in similar professional activities. Attendance at professional meetings, active membership in professional societies, and similar activities enhance the reputation of the college beyond the "maintenance of professional credentials," which accrues directly to the candidate. The criterion is that service must utilize in a professional way the candidate's area of academic expertise. Service to the university through committee assignment is apparent. Chair positions on such committees will be weighted more heavily than committee membership. Service activities can be of primary, secondary or tertiary importance. Although determination will be made separately in each case, the evaluation committee shall be guided by the understanding that national service is more important than regional, university service is more important than college service, college service is more important than department service, and speeches to statewide audiences are more important than those to local clubs.

ADHERENCE TO PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

The College of Arts and Humanities endorses the statement of "Professional Responsibilities, Ethics, and Standards of Behavior" contained in the Weber State University Policy and Procedures Manual, Sections 9-4 through 9-8. Candidates for tenure shall be evaluated against those ethical canons and standards of behavior. A general indication of the faculty member's adherence to those ethical principles and standards of behavior shall be noted on the Tenure Evaluation Report, with a "yes" or "no" response. Letters indicating the findings of the evaluation committees and the dean shall indicate strengths and weakness in this regard.