Editorial Revisions and Clarification for Section 2.3.4 Faculty Handbook Concerning Additional Considerations in Promotion and Tenure Decisions

Policy Memorandum No. 205

Recommended by the Commission on Faculty Affairs: March 29, 2000
Approved by University Council: May 1, 2000
Approved by the President: May 1, 2000
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Faculty Affairs, unanimously approved a resolution concerning additional considerations in promotion and tenure decisions.

 Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

WHEREAS, the promotion and tenure process involves a comprehensive review of the candidate’s accomplishments and promise in all three missions of the university but also consideration of other factors as stated in section 2.3.4 of the Faculty Handbook:  “Besides consideration of specific professional criteria, evaluation for promotion or tenure should consider the energy and integrity of the candidate and the candidate’s concern for professional ethics and responsibilities,” and

WHEREAS, consideration of these important, but more subjective issues or behaviors may play a significant role in a negative tenure or promotion decision.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that when such factors influence a recommendation they should be documented as part of the formal promotion and tenure review process (for example, in the letter of evaluation from the departmental committee or chair), including references to relevant sections of the Faculty Handbook when appropriate.

AND THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that since the meaning of the term “energy” in section 2.8.4 is ambiguous, the statement should be further revised as below (new text in bold and brackets):

(start new paragraph) Besides consideration of specific professional criteria, evaluation for promotion or tenure should consider the [candidate’s integrity, professional conduct and ethics.  To the extent that such considerations are significant factors in reaching a negative recommendation, they should be documented as part of the formal review process.]

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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm203