The Characteristics of a Quality System
The Faculty Reward System
- A promotion and tenure system linked to institutional mission requires that individual schools, colleges, and departments have clearly articulated missions and priorities.
- A quality faculty review process will include many of the same features, whether it is used for annual review, promotion, tenure, or post-tenure review.
- Changes in faculty reward structures require a clear institutional mission and vision.
- A quality promotion and tenure system must be sensitive to:
- the different strengths of faculty
- the differences among the disciplines
- the mission and priorities of the individual academic units
- A mission-driven promotion and tenure system requires that all institutional documents relating to faculty rewards are consistent and integrated.
- Revisions in the promotion and tenure system must be developed with the active participation of the faculty.
- Changes in promotion and tenure policies or practices require the education of faculty serving on promotion and tenure committees.
- A quality promotion and tenure system requires the education and support of faculty members preparing for review.
- Promotion and tenure policies and practices must have provisions that address:
- special assignments (administrative; non-scholarly)
- stopping the tenure clock
- new disciplines, interdisciplinary or collaborative work
- Promotion and tenure guidelines must describe the criteria that will be used to assess scholarly, professional, and creative work.
Robert M. Diamond Ph.D.