ARTP Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing

Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing
Date Approved: June 2014


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)


Evaluation and recommendation of: All probationary/tenured faculty for retention/promotion; periodic review of tenured full professors; part-time faculty at Range C and D and consideration of range elevation from C to D; shall be available to consult on individual professional plans if requested.

3 Full Professor Rank

At least 1 Full Professor Rank


Evaluation and recommendation of: One/two/multiple year contract faculty; all part-time faculty at Range B or below for retention and consideration of range elevation from A to B and/or from B to C
3 Associate Professor or Full Professor Rank, the director is eligible to serve on this committee

At least 1 Associate or Full Professor Rank

School Search Committee

Evaluation and recommendation of: All applicants for full-time faculty positions

3 Associate Professor or Full Professor Rank, the director is eligible to serve on this committee (1 Probationary Faculty member may be elected)

At least 1 Associate or Full Professor Rank


Eligibility for Committee Service and Balloting


The Director of the School of Nursing is eligible to serve on the RTP-B committee. If the Director is elected to serve on RTP-B, an independent Director review of the faculty will not be conducted. If the Director is not elected to serve, then the Director will conduct an independent review of the faculty. The SON elections shall utilize electronic voting. Votes will be tabulated using the golf method of scoring.

Recruitment of Probationary Faculty

Appointment of Probationary Faculty

Personnel Action Files

Individualized Professional Plans

Eligibility for Tenure and Promotion

Area of Specialization Terminal Degree

Nursing or other field

Appropriately related discipline

Academic or professional earned doctorate from an accredited institution


Evaluation of Permanent Instructional Faculty


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

  • Scholarly, peer-reviewed publications
  • Innovative use of computers,
  • Computer methods in scholarly and professional work,
  • Presentations at Scholarly and professional meetings, or to other scholarly and professional societies,
  • Editorial responsibilities for scholarly or professional journals,
  • Receipt of grants,
  • Contracts or other subsidies based on scholarly and professional work,
  • Professional practice utilizing scholarly expertise that results in enhancement of ongoing activities in a professional setting.
  • Holding significant appointments,
  • Maintaining currency of knowledge and clinical expertise in area of specialty.

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


RTP criteria for temporary full-time and part-time faculty (lecturers) include, but are not limited, to the following:

Category A: Instructional Performance.

  1. Teaching Performance.
    1. Positive peer evaluations based on classroom/clinical visitations.
    2. Mean GP A for each course is consistent with general expected performance of the discipline and class level.
    3. Student evaluation of instruction (student opinion surveys) demonstrate a pattern at or above the average rankings for the Department.
  2. Related Instructional Activities.
    1. Participate in the on-going development of course related materials.
    2. Participate in on-going course evaluations and/or student learning experiences.

Category B.

  1. Provide updated evidence of professional activities such as publications, presentations, research, and attendance at professional and continuing education workshops and conference.
  2. Demonstrate evidence of maintaining clinical expertise through on-going clinical employment and/or on-going certifications.

Category C.

  1. Formal or informal presentations to community groups which convey information about the faculty member's profession, field or the service of the University.
  2. Engagement in Departmental, School, or University activities or events which promote student-faculty interface and dialogue.

Consideration for Three-Year Appointments

Consideration for Range Elevation


Full-time and part-time temporary faculty members who are eligible for a range elevation will be reviewed by the SON RTP-B committee. There must be evidence of high quality work for a range elevation. Their teaching performance must be judged to be "outstanding". They will be evaluated in the areas of Category B: Professional Achievement and Category C: Contributions to the SON that have the potential to enhance the quality of instruction, instructional performance, or the learning environment of the students in the SON. There must be evidence that the faculty member is current in knowledge and of practice in their specialty.

The SON RTP-B committee will use the following sources of information in determining its recommendation concerning range elevation.

Teaching: Required information to be used in the evaluation includes Student Opinion Surveys for all classes taught, and required written peer review/evaluation. Current vitae or resume; samples of classroom handouts and other teaching materials; samples of student's comments and reflections on the faculty member's teaching performance; course modification proposals; new course proposals; and evaluations of student academic advising when appropriate.

Professional Achievements: Professional excellence awards, presentation at professional/scholarly conferences; significant appointments; and professional/scholarly publications.

Contributions to University and Community: Practice and Service workshops and presentation; professional consulting; active professional

Memberships (example: holding national office); membership on advisory boards.

Currency in Practice: Evidence of on-going continuing education in areas of specialization, evidence of current clinical practice in areas of specialization.

Review of Department Personnel Procedures