ARTP Department of Philosophy

College of Arts and Letters
Department of Philosophy
Date Approved: September 2008


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 5 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

This committee evaluates candidates for promotion from Associate to Full Professor. It also evaluates probationary faculty at the levels of Associate or Full Professor for retention and tenure, In addition, it collaborates with faculty at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the preparation of individual professional plans.

3 Full Professor, including the chair as ex-officio, voting member

1 Full Professor

Committee B

This committee evaluates probationary faculty for retention, tenure and promotion at the level of Assistant Professor, and it evaluates probationary faculty at the level of Instructor for retention and promotion. It evaluates temporary faculty for range elevation. It also collaborates with faculty at the ranks of Instructor or Assistant Professor in the development of individual professional plans.

3 Associate Professors or Full Professors, including the chair as ex-officio, voting member

1 Associate Professors or Full Professor

Committee to Appoint and Evaluate Temporary Faculty 3 or more Associate or Full Professors, including the chair as ex-officio, voting member 1 Associate or Full Professor
Post-tenure Review Committee 3 Full Professors 1 Full Professor

Probationary Appointment Committee

This committee evaluates applicants for new probationary positions.

3 or more Associate Professor or Full Professors (1 Probationary faculty may be elected) The department will have one appointment committee for each position they are trying to fill; and each committee will consist of 3 or more Associate or Full Professors.

1 Associate Professor or Full Professor


A Committee A or Committee B member shall be replaced by the alternate for review of all files if a member's spouse or domestic partner is under consideration.

Department Personnel and Appointment Committees are elected using the ballot system. The ballots are counted with the golf score total method, in which the three persons with lower numbers are elected as members and the fourth lowest becomes the alternate.

The Chair serves as ex-officio, voting member of RTP committees A and B.

Eligibility for Committee Service and Balloting

Recruitment of Probationary Faculty

Appointment of Probationary Faculty

Personnel Action Files

Individualized Professional Plans


Professional plans must be submitted in the Fall semester prior to the time period for which a faculty member will be evaluated. A plan may alter the balance of instructional activity, professional achievement, and service on which a faculty member's evaluation is based. Plans may be in effect for up to three years.

Eligibility for Tenure and Promotion

Area of Specialization Terminal Degree

Philosophy or other relevant specialty



Evaluation of Permanent Instructional Faculty


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

  • Publications: Books, professional articles in peer reviewed journals, invited articles, articles on pedagogy, book reviews, and notes.
  • Professional talks in local, national, or international settings.
  • Service in professional organizations
  • Achievements in other areas relevant to a faculty member's philosophical specialties (teaching and/or professional specialties)

Committee Procedures

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

Student Consultation in Academic Personnel Processes


Student opinion surveys on instructional are mandatory in all classes taught by temporary faculty.

Oral Testimony

Role of Department/Division/School Chair or Director

Appointment of Temporary Faculty

Evaluation of Temporary Faculty


  1. Category A: Educational Performance which consists of two elements: (1) teaching performance and (2) related educational activities. The evaluation of teaching performance includes multiple measures of the quality and effectiveness of teaching. These measures will include but are not necessarily limited to summaries of student opinion surveys, evaluations based on observations of the department chair, a member of the Temporary Faculty Evaluation Committee, or a designee of the Committee. Other measures may include evaluation of course syllabi or materials, signed letters from students, and evidence of student work and accomplishments.
  2. Category B: Professional Achievement, i.e., performance in discipline-related activities. These include but are not limited to: Publications such as books, invited articles or articles published in peer reviewed journals, pedagogic articles [invited or peer reviewed], and book reviews or notes; professional talks in local, national, or international settings; service in professional organizations; and achievements in other areas relevant to a faculty member's philosophical specialization.
  3. Category C: Contributions to the University: Any other contributions to the mission and governance of the University.

A faculty member's performance is evaluated for its quality and effectiveness and not only for the quantity of his/her contributions.

Consideration for Three-Year Appointments


Candidates for range elevation must be excellent in instructional performance, professional achievement, and/or university service.

Consideration for Range Elevation

Review of Department Personnel Procedures