Tenure and Promotion Binder Workshop, Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:30-4:00, Philips Lower Level Conference Room
The Promotion and Tenure Workshop Committee (PTW) invites you to the PTW binder workshop on May 10, 2012 in the Philips Lower Level Conference Room from 12:30-4:00. The workshop is designed to assist faculty with building their tenure and/or promotion portfolio. The following topics will be addressed:
• Overview of the process and timelines (12:30-1:15)
• Dividing your work into teaching, scholarship and service (1:15-2:00)
• Writing your narrative (2-2:45)
• Organizing your materials (2:45-3:30)
Breakout discussion groups will be held from 3:30-4:00 so you may meet with members of the PTW committee and view a number of sample binders from various colleges at WCU.
A recent article about the dossier assembling process may be of interest.
Burnham, Joy J., Hooper, Lisa M. and Wright, Vivian H. (2012) Top 10 Strategies for Preparing the Annual Tenure and Promotion Dossier. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/faculty-evaluation/top-10-strategies-for-preparing-the-annual-tenure-and-promotion-dossier/?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2012.04.25+-+Faculty+Focus+Update#continued
Assembling the tenure and/or promotion dossier should represent one’s teaching, research, and service. Many spend untold hours preparing the annual dossier to present and illustrate accomplishments and productivity across teaching, research, and service. Advice is to clear out a room in your house and prepare to have stacks of papers to best organize the final dossier.
West Chester University TeP Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Workshop Committee are there to help you with the process. If you have concerns, and you should, make an appointment with a member of either committee to discuss any questions you may have. In my case, a non-classroom faculty, I wanted to be sure to have my dossier reviewed and understood by those who were classroom faculty members of the committee. The Non-classroom representative was very helpful with guidelines. For those who look to the literature for direction, few books and articles exist; and even fewer books and articles direct junior faculty toward specific annual dossier preparation, even though this is a critical step toward earning tenure. At West Chester University, there are several sample copies of dossiers available at the Reserve Desk of the FH Green Library.
Finally there is a book highlighting the process of creating a successful tenure and/or promotion binder. Tools for dossier success: A guide for promotion and tenure, (Burnham, Hooper, & Wright, 2010) was written with experiences shared over four years related to dossier preparation and documentation process. The book helps to reframe the process to help make the overall tenure and promotion process more feasible, manageable, and controllable—including a focus on what faculty members might do before, during, and after preparing the required annual dossier.
To help answer the many questions “How do I present this representative collection of materials related to my teaching, research, and service?”, “How can the dossier preparation process be managed efficiently this year and next year?”, and “How can I simplify this process, yet at the same time, present accurate, reflective evidence that underscores my accomplishments?” the book includes 10 strategies.
1. Begin on day one.
2. Read your college and university guidelines carefully.
3. Listen to the recommendations of senior faculty.
4. Follow your college/university’s specific guidelines and rules for the items that should and should not be included in the promotion and tenure dossier.
5. Work persistently and consistently while moving through the tenure process.
6. Seek out mentors.
7. Demonstrate transparency in your dossier.
8. Show consistency and accuracy across the different sections and parts of the dossier.
9. Follow the suggestions of the reviewers.
10. Consult at all stages of your dossier preparation (i.e., before, during, and after).
At West Chester University it is also helpful to review your Statement of Expectations as an outline for material / evidence to include in your dossier. Some departments also have a Teacher Scholar Model which should be reviewed for suggestions of additional content relevant to include.
Burnham, J. J., Hooper, L. M., & Wright, V. H. (2010). Tools for dossier success: A guide for promotion and tenure. New York, NY: Routledge.
Hooper, L. M., Wright, V. H., Burnham, J. (in press). Acculturating to the role of tenure-track assistant professor a family systems approach to joining the academy. Contemporary Family Therapy.