Performance Reviews for Tenured, Tenure-Track, Clinical/Professional and Research Faculty (S-4)

Standard: S-4
Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Responsible Office: Office of the Provost
Date Issued: April 1, 2017
Date Last Revised: N/A


Individuals and Entities Affected by this Standard
Statement of Standard
Definitions (defined terms are capitalized throughout the document)
Related Documents, Forms and Tools
History and Updates


Subject Contact Telephone Email/Web Address
Clarification Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 765-494-9709
Northwest Campus Questions Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 219-989-2446
Fort Wayne Campus Questions Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 260-481-6116
West Lafayette Campus Questions Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 765-494-9709


  • Department/school heads
  • Tenured faculty members
  • Tenure-track faculty members
  • Clinical/professional faculty members
  • Research faculty members
  • All faculty involved in the process of reviewing tenure, tenure-track, clinical/professional and research faculty


As an institution committed to excellence, it is necessary that Purdue University maintain a regular performance review process to assure, support and sustain the highest possible degree of excellence among our faculty. The objective of the review is to identify individual strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in the mission areas of discovery, learning and engagement and to facilitate communication between academic heads and faculty. The performance review is an opportunity for faculty to update heads on activities and goals and for heads to discuss larger unit needs with faculty. The process is also expected to identify rising leaders and potential barriers to success and to provide mentoring opportunities.

Performance reviews will be conducted in accordance with this standard for the following types of faculty members:

  1. Tenured and Tenure-track faculty as defined in the policy on Academic Tenure and Promotion (I.B.2), as amended or superseded.
  2. Clinical/professional faculty members as defined in the policy on Clinical/Professional Faculty Appointment and Promotion (VI.F.10), as amended or superseded.
  3. Research faculty members as defined in the policy on Research Faculty Appointment and Promotion (VI.F.8), as amended or superseded.

Review Requirements

  1. In collaboration with the dean of the college/school, each department or school head/chair will develop a performance review process of all faculty in the head/chair’s unit that includes annual written feedback for assistant and associate professors and written feedback for full professors at least once every three years. This process will be based upon a required report submitted by the individual faculty member at the same interval. The performance review and faculty member report will encompass a broad range of activities and may contemplate annual or multi-year goals. Activities may be weighted in keeping with the role and responsibilities of individual faculty members. A description of the process must be approved by the dean of the college/school and made available to the faculty through a medium such as the department or school intranet site.
  2. A useful performance review is one that entails a rigorous assessment of all professional activities and responsibilities. A unit’s review may include comparisons to normative department/school/college expectations, assessment of progress toward annual or multi-year goals and aspirations, and identification of professional development activities for the upcoming year(s).
  3. Feedback gathered from the analysis developed annually by the unit’s associated Primary Committee may be considered in the performance review for assistant and associate professors.



  • Administer this standard.

Provost and Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs

  • Review, update and improve associated procedures and criteria, as necessary and with appropriate input.
    Monitor progress of tenure-track, clinical/professional and research faculty as reported by deans.


  • Collaborate with heads/directors to design policies and procedures for review within the faculty ranks.
    Approve the final version of the unit policies and procedures.

School/Department Head/Chair

  • Assume responsibility for the professional development of faculty.
    Assure compliance with this standard and approved college, school and departmental policies and procedures.
    Conduct performance reviews regarding progress toward individual and unit goals based on criteria determined by the department faculty with written feedback (annually for assistant and associate professors and not to exceed three years for full professors).

Faculty Member under Review

  • Submit a report for review by department/school head/chair in accordance with the requirements of this standard and deadlines outlined by the department/school.


All defined terms are capitalized throughout the document. Additional defined terms may be found in the central Policy Glossary or in the policies referenced in the Related Documents, Forms and Tools section below.


This standard is issued in support of the following policies, as amended or superseded:

Additional related policies:


April 1, 2017: This is the first standard to address this issue.


There are no appendices to this standard.



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