The purpose of the appointment, reappointment or promotion evaluation is to appraise, on the record to date, the candidate’s standing in his or her field. Decisions on appointment, reappointment and promotion are subject to the exercise of professional and scholarly judgment and discretion by departmental faculty and academic leadership at the School and University levels. The criteria and guidelines outlined in Chapter 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 or 2.6 of this Handbook should be read and applied by all those who cast a vote on an appointment, reappointment or promotion action.
The University recognizes that there are significant variations in how candidates qualify for and secure appointment, according to field and discipline. Candidates come from different backgrounds and receive different educational training. In addition, there may be great variation in emphasis among the components of activity (i.e., scholarship, teaching and clinical care) depending on faculty line. Nevertheless, all appointments have in common the requirement of excellence, however measured.
Procedures for the evaluation process at the department, School and University levels are described below. Departures from these guidelines should be rare and for good reason. Procedural questions should be addressed to the Vice Dean or the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
Instructions for assembly of each component of the appointment, reappointment or promotion long form, including the process for compiling a list of proposed evaluators (external and internal referees and trainees) is available on the Office of Academic Affairs website.