Trustees’ committee discusses promotion and tenure modifications

July 17, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On Thursday (July 16), the Academic Affairs Committee of Purdue University’s Board of Trustees discussed modifications made to a promotion and tenure document after having tabled it for further refinement at its May meeting.

Provost Deba Dutta presented the revised document, which details criteria that guide promotion and tenure on the West Lafayette campus. Changes to the document place more emphasis on mentorship and engagement with undergraduate students; advising and mentoring to enhance the academic success of at-risk students; a recognition of the value of including undergraduates in research activities that result in published work, scholarly publications, patents and entrepreneurial activity; and credit for engaging in innovative pedagogy, including the transformation of courses and curricula.

"These modifications ensure that future tenure decisions will take into account criteria we know to be important to student success, as supported by university priorities and findings of the Gallup-Purdue Index," Dutta said.

In May, trustees endorsed recommendations in companion documents that update the policy and procedures that direct faculty advancement system-wide. The initial recommendations were developed by the Promotion and Tenure Task Force and endorsed by the University Senate. 

Writer: Valerie O'Brien, 765-494-9573,

Source: Deba Dutta, 765-494-9709, dutta@purdue 

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