ARTP Department of Geosciences and Environment Sciences

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Geosciences and Environment Sciences
Date Approved: July 2018


Confidentiality of Personnel Deliberations

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees (Probationary and Temporary Appointment, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, and Evaluation of Temporary, Probationary and Tenured Faculty)

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees

The department annually elects 3 personnel committees.

The probationary and tenured faculty members of the department or equivalent unit shall elect a peer review committee(s) of tenured faculty members. When there are insufficient eligible members to serve on the peer committee, the department shall elect members from a related academic discipline(s).

(The Committees, as a whole, must take responsibility for the following tasks: Probationary Appointment; Temporary Appointment; Retention, Tenure and Promotion; Range Elevation; Evaluation of Temporary Faculty; Evaluation of Probationary Faculty; Evaluation of Tenured Faculty (Post-Tenure review); Evaluation for Request to Emeritus status; and Collaboration on the Development of Individual Professional Plans. It is required that each unit indicate below which Committee is responsible for each of these tasks.)

Committee Titles and Responsibilities

Number of Members

(at least 3; all tenured full time)

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Number of Alternates

(1 or more; all tenured full-time)

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Committee A

Evaluates and makes recommendations on all candidates for promotion to full professor and post-tenure review

3 Full Professors 3 Full Professors

Committee B

Evaluates and makes recommendations on assistant professor for retention and tenure/ promotion to associate professor

3 Full or Associate  Professors

3 Full or Associate  Professors

Committee X

Evaluates and makes recommendations on all part-time faculty members, conducts annual Chair evaluations, and is charged with matters related to faculty affairs

3 Full, Associate Professors 3 Full, Associate Professors

Search Committee

Performs duties related to faculty recruitment and makes recommendations to the Chair

3  Full or Associate  Professors  (1 Probationary faculty may be elected) 3 Full or Associate  Professors


Assistant Professors may participate in Committee X evaluation processes.

Eligibility for Committee Service and Balloting


For each faculty evaluation committee, the chair is eligible to serve if elected to the committee. The chair may serve on the department evaluation committee either as an elected or ex officio voting member, or as an ex officio non-voting member. If the chair is not a voting member of the department evaluation committee, he or she has the responsibility to write an independent evaluation of the faculty member.

Recruitment of Probationary Faculty

Appointment of Probationary Faculty

Personnel Action Files

Individualized Professional Plans

Eligibility for Tenure and Promotion

Area of Specialization Terminal Degree




Urban Planning




Evaluation of Permanent Instructional Faculty


Category B: Activities considered appropriate as "scholarly and creative activities" for the discipline are:

  • Publication of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentation of peer-reviewed posters
  • Presentations of papers at conferences
  • Publication in scientific proceedings
  • Published books
  • Publication of scientific abstracts
  • Editing or reviewing of scholarly or professional publications.
  • Successful grant proposal

Committee Procedures

Review of Faculty Holding Joint Appointments and of Faculty Active in Interdisciplinary Programs

Student Consultation in Academic Personnel Processes

Oral Testimony

Role of Department/Division/School Chair or Director

Appointment of Temporary Faculty

Evaluation of Temporary Faculty


Faculty members are encouraged to be active in the profession and expected to maintain currency with the pedagogical and research trends related to their teaching field. Criteria to be used to determine currency in the field for temporary faculty members may include:

  • Conference, workshop, seminar, and/or symposia attendance and/or presentations related to pedagogy/teaching and/or primary teaching fields.
  • Academic and scholarly contribution to the faculty member's field of expertise. Examples include academic publications (e.g., journal articles, abstracts, and conference proceedings), conference, presentations, conference posters, and editing of scholarly or professional publications.
  • Participation in professional and scholarly activities such as symposia and workshops, chairing conference sessions, and leading or participating in field trips sponsored by professional societies.
  • Receiving fellowships or grants for educational training, research and other scholarly activities.
  • Holding significant special appointments such as visiting professorships and lectureships, or serving as a professional consultant on projects related to the discipline.
  • Professional experience through employment in the discipline.
  • Participation in research activities with other professionals in the discipline.

A lecturer with a 3-year appointment will be evaluated in Year 3 of the 3-year appointment.

Consideration for Three-Year Appointments

Consideration for Range Elevation


See evaluation of temporary faculty for the evaluation of instructional performance and currency in the field.

Review of Department Personnel Procedures