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VI.A. Purpose of Reviews. Marietta College is by tradition a teaching‑oriented liberal arts college. As a part of this emphasis on teaching and on professional competence in general, the College annually reviews faculty performance. The ultimate goals of the review are to recognize excellence and to assist faculty members to improve. The faculty reviews also provide information for decisions on reappointment, tenure, promotion and raises.
VI.B. Requirement for Review. All faculty, regardless of rank and tenure status will be reviewed on a periodic basis. Full-time faculty on non-tenure track term appointments shall be reviewed by the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee; and will be judged by the same standards used for all faulty. The review of faculty on non-tenure track term appointments will occur during the faculty memberís third year of continuous employment or at the request of the dean of the faculty.
VI.C.1. Criteria for Reviews. Professional growth is demonstrated by the following activities which are listed in order of importance: 1. Instruction (of which academic advising is a component). 2. Scholarly and creative activities and/or works. 3. Service to the College and external community. These criteria take cognizance of the educational goals and objectives of both the College and the individual departments. For current criteria in these areas see Appendix 5. In those cases in which teaching is not the primary responsibility of the faculty member, the review is based on the competent fulfillment of the responsibilities as established at the time of employment or contractual change in responsibilities.
VI.C.2.a Reviewing Bodies. Annual reviews at the department level assess the progress of the probationary faculty member. The reappointment review, usually in the third year, carried out by the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, assesses the progress of the probationary faculty member toward tenure. The tenure review, carried out by the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, usually in the fifth year, determines the eligibility of the probationary faculty member for tenure. After tenure is granted, annual reviews continue at the department level to assess the faculty member's professional progress and suitability for raises and promotions.
VI.C.2.b. Duties of the Dean of the Faculty. The dean of the faculty notifies the faculty of the timetable for the evaluation process, ensures that the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee has a list of faculty due for review; meets with first-year faculty members to review the process; and meets with other faculty members to review the evaluation, if the faculty member so requests, or if the dean of the faculty feels it necessary. The dean of the faculty is also responsible for designing and distributing the necessary evaluation forms. The dean of the faculty will maintain and update a permanent file consisting of all reviews and recommendations of the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee made within the most recent six academic years. In addition the dean of the faculty will discuss the recommendations on reappointment and tenure made by the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee with the committee before he/she meets with the president.
VI.C.2.c. Duties of the Faculty Member. It is the responsibility of each faculty member to build and maintain a portfolio of materials which documents his/her performance, activities and accomplishments.
VI.C.2.d. Duties of the Department Chair. Each year the chair will prepare a written evaluation of each member of the department, using the criteria of Section VI.C.1. This evaluation will also include a projection for future potential and departmental considerations. In order to evaluate the faculty member, the department chair may, among other things, review the portfolio, visit classes to observe teaching, interview current students, consult with other members of the department and with other co‑workers (if appropriate), and interview the faculty member. Once the evaluation is completed, the chair will meet with the faculty member to discuss the evaluation and then the evaluation will be sent to the dean of the faculty.
VI.C.2.e Duties of the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee. During the faculty member's third year the committee makes to the dean of the faculty a written recommendation, either for or against reappointment, with justification based on the portfolio and interviews. During the faculty member's fifth year the committee makes to the dean of the faculty a written recommendation on tenure, with justification based on the portfolio and interviews. The recommendation will be to award tenure, deny tenure, or defer the tenure decision. In event of the deferral of tenure the committee will do a sixth-year review. Assistant professors, who are in at least their fifth year in rank and who meet the criteria for tenure, are also recommended for promotion. The committee sends copies of its recommendation to the faculty member, the department chair and the dean of the faculty.
VI.C.2.f. Duties of the President. After consultation with the dean of the faculty, the president makes a decision as to reappointment or tenure, depending upon the year of the review, and informs the faculty member, department chair, dean of the faculty, and the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee of the decision. In the case of decisions for tenure, the president informs the Board of Trustees. Acting upon its ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the College, the Board of Trustees makes the final decision for the approval of tenure.
VI.C.3.a. The Portfolio. As a minimum the portfolio should contain a current vita, resume updates, copies of all evaluations by the chair and by the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee, student evaluations collected since the last review, and any other pertinent material illustrative of teaching effectiveness, professional growth, and service contributions. For further examples of pertinent material see Appendix 5. The portfolio will be kept in the dean of the faculty's office.
VI.C.3.b. Access and Confidentiality. The faculty member under review, the president, the dean of the faculty, the department chair, and, when appropriate, the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee have full access to the review and all materials on which any evaluation judgment is based. All evaluations must be in writing and signed. All such judgments must be appropriately documented with verifiable data. Confidentiality must be maintained by all reviewers.
VI.D.1. General Criteria. All criteria for a rank must be met before consideration can be given for promotion to that rank, with the exception that the time‑in‑rank requirement may be reduced in unusual circumstances. For professorial ranks, the doctorate is usually expected. For some disciplines the dean of the faculty can determine that a master's degree plus professional certification could be regarded as appropriate. As is the case in the determination of tenure, institutional considerations play a role in promotion decisions.
VI.D.2. Criterion for Promotion to Assistant Professor. Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor is automatic upon completion of the terminal degree or an appropriate substitute specified by contract.
VI.D.3. Criteria for Consideration for Promotion to Associate Professor. In accordance with the expectations outlined in sections IV.A through E, all candidates shall have demonstrated effective instruction for a sustained period, effective service as an advisor to students, and sustained professional development. They shall also have provided service to the College. The
candidate should normally have spent a minimum of 5 years in rank as assistant professor with a minimum of 3 of those years at Marietta College. Assistant professors, who are in at least their fifth year in rank and who meet the criteria for tenure, are also recommended for promotion.
VI.D.4. Criteria for Consideration for Promotion to Professor. In accordance with the expectations outlined in sections IV.A through E, all candidates shall have demonstrated exemplary instruction for a sustained period, exemplary service as an advisor to students, sustained professional development, significant contributions to the curriculum, the department or the entire College, and have provided leadership and service to the College. The candidate should normally spend a minimum of 7 years in rank as Associate Professor with a minimum of 5 of those years at Marietta College.
VI.D.5.a. Nominations. Nominations for promotion are normally made by the chair of the department at the time of the annual review. However, the dean of the faculty, a peer, or the faculty member may make the nomination. All nominations are made to the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee and should include justification and documentation.
VI.D.5.b. Duties of the Faculty Member. The faculty member makes sure that his/her portfolio is up to date.
VI.D.5.c. Duties of the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee. The committee notifies all faculty of the promotion nomination process and notifies candidates for promotion, and, if necessary, their chairs, of the nomination. The committee makes a written recommendation to the dean of the faculty, with justification based on the portfolio, either to promote or to deny promotion.
VI.D.5.d. Duties of the President and Dean of the Faculty. The president, in consultation with the dean of the faculty, makes the decision as to promotion and informs the faculty member and his/her chair, and the Board of Trustees.
VI.D.6. Documentation. Documentation required for promotion is similar to that required for tenure. See Section VI.C.3.
VI.E. Other Reviews
VI.E.1. Administrators. Administrators who hold faculty rank (e.g. president, dean of the faculty) are not subject to the faculty review process.
VI.E.2. Review of Department Chairs.
The review of a department chair as a faculty member and as a chair will be
carried out by a person or persons selected by the dean of the faculty or