Promotion and Tenure Information for HHS Faculty

Decisions about faculty promotion and tenure involve a series of reviews. The details of these reviews differ for tenure-track/tenured faculty, clinical/professional faculty, and research faculty.  These details are described in separate but overlapping sets of documents.

The most important document is the University Policy on Academic Tenure and Promotion (Policy I.B.2).  Although the policy states that it affects only tenure-track and tenured faculty because clinical/professional and research faculty are not eligible for tenure, some sections of the policy are relevant to all categories of faculty.   Therefore, all HHS faculty should be familiar with it. 

In addition, HHS faculty should be familiar with a document related to University Policy I.B.2 that is titled, Procedures for Granting Academic Tenure and Promotion.   This document describes many promotion procedures that are used throughout the Purdue University system, but it also gives specific information about procedures used on the West Lafayette campus.  Some sections of this document are relevant to all categories of faculty.

 A third document titled, Criteria for Tenure and Promotion for the West Lafayette Campus, supplements the previous documents by specifying the general criteria for promotion and then elaborating on the criteria for defining a promotion candidate’s excellence in discovery (research), teaching and learning, and engagement.  All sections of the document are relevant to tenure-track/tenured faculty.  Clinical/professional faculty will generally find the section on teaching and learning to be most relevant to them, and research faculty will find the section on discovery to be most relevant to them.

Still more information about the promotion process is provided in an annual memo from the provost to faculty on the West Lafayette campus.  One version of the memo applies to Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty; another version applies to Clinical/Professional and Research Faculty

Additional documents apply exclusively to the promotion of clinical/professional faculty.  They include a University policy on Clinical/Professional Faculty Appointment and Promotion (VI.F.10) and the accompanying Procedures for Appointing and Promoting Clinical/Professional Faculty.  Likewise, a University policy on Research Faculty Appointment and Promotion (VI.F.8) is supplemented by some Guidelines for Research Faculty and an FAQ for Guidelines for Research Faculty.

A few aspects of the faculty promotion process are college-specific.  Detailed information for HHS is in the College of Health and Human Sciences Promotion and Tenure Policies and Procedures.  Faculty with questions about this document should contact their unit head or the college's Associate Dean for Administration.

For all categories of faculty, the preparation of a formal document for each candidate is a crucial part of the promotion process. The first page of this document is the Nomination for Promotion (President’s Office Form 36).  The format and content of the rest of the document is outlined in the Instructions for Use with President’s Form 36.  In addition, the HHS dean, as chair of the HHS Area Committee, has approved Some Guidelines for the HHS Promotion Process and for HHS Promotion Documents  that derive from discussions among the HHS unit heads and other HHS Area Committee members.  These guidelines are intended either to clarify the Form 36 instructions or to specify how certain types of information should be presented in HHS promotion documents. The resulting consistency in these documents helps HHS Area Committee members to understand each candidate’s accomplishments.

Finally, each of the college's units has stated in writing the benchmarks, criteria, or guidelines for promotion for all categories of faculty with appointments in that unit. Each unit's documents can be reviewed by clicking on the appropriate line below, but none of the documents should be viewed as providing a checklist for promotion.  Instead, each document should be read in the context of the criteria for promotion stated in University policies and in the other documents referenced earlier. When placed in that context, the documents provide additional guidance to the faculty in specific units.

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