ARTP Department of English

College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Date Approved: September 2008

 

Confidentiality of Personnel Deliberations

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees (Probationary and Temporary Appointment, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, and Evaluation of Temporary, Probationary and Tenured Faculty)

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees

The department annually elects 3 personnel committees.

The probationary and tenured faculty members of the department or equivalent unit shall elect a peer review committee(s) of tenured faculty members. When there are insufficient eligible members to serve on the peer committee, the department shall elect members from a related academic discipline(s).

(The Committees, as a whole, must take responsibility for the following tasks: Probationary Appointment; Temporary Appointment; Retention, Tenure and Promotion; Range Elevation; Evaluation of Temporary Faculty; Evaluation of Probationary Faculty; Evaluation of Tenured Faculty (Post-Tenure review); Evaluation for Request to Emeritus status; and Collaboration on the Development of Individual Professional Plans. It is required that each unit indicate below which Committee is responsible for each of these tasks.)

Committee Titles and Responsibilities

Number of Members

(at least 3; all tenured full time)

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Number of Alternates

(1 or more; all tenured full-time)*

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Appointments

evaluates candidates for full-time appointment

5 (Tenured Associate or Full Professor) (1 probationary faculty member may be appointed)

3 (Tenured Associate or Full Professor)

RTP Committee

evaluates members for retention, tenure, and promotion or for post-tenure review or for Emeritus Status; assists in IPP collaboration

5** (Tenured Associate or Full Professor) Tenured Full Professor only for post-tenure review and promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor

4 (Tenured Associate or Full Professor) Tenured Full Professor only for post-tenure review and promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor

PTIRC

evaluates part-time faculty for appointment for appointment, retention and promotion, and range elevation; assists in IPP collaboration

3 (Tenured Associate or Full Professor) 2 (Tenured Associate or Full Professor)

Additional:

Personnel committees are elected by all full-time faculty using a modified golf-score ballot. Faculty have the opportunity to rank order all names on the ballot. All unranked names are assigned a value of the highest rank number used plus half (rounded up when odd) of the number of unranked names.

**The department will rank all members on the RTP ballot using a modified golf-score ballot. In the case where there is a candidate undergoing evaluation who is at a rank higher than one or more of the members of the RTP committee, an elected alternate at the rank of full professor will be called to serve.

A Committee A or Committee B member shall be replaced by the alternate for review of all files if a member's spouse or domestic partner is under consideration.

Department Personnel and Appointment Committees are elected using the ballot system. The ballots are counted with the golf score total method, in which the three persons with lower numbers are elected as members and the fourth lowest becomes the alternate.

The Department Chair will serve as an ex-officio non-voting member on the Part-Time Instructors' Review Committee and the Appointments Committee.

The Department Chair will not serve on the RTP or Post-Tenure Review Committees.

Eligibility for Committee Service and Balloting

Recruitment of Probationary Faculty

Appointment of Probationary Faculty

Personnel Action Files

Additional:

Probationary faculty who wish to meet individually with the RTP Committee to discuss the content of their personnel action files will be given the opportunity at the earliest convenience but at least one (1) week before the candidate's file is closed.

Individualized Professional Plans

Eligibility for Tenure and Promotion

Area of Specialization Terminal Degree

Literature, Linguistics

Ph.D.

Composition and Rhetoric

Ph.D.

Creative Writing

M.F.A.

 

Additional:

The evaluation is based on instructional performance (taking into account student opinion surveys, syllabi, class materials, classroom visits, and evidence of other instructionally-related activities), professional achievement (based on publications, conference presentations, awards and honors, or other evidence of achievement in the profession), and service to the department, school, university and/or community.

Evaluation of Permanent Instructional Faculty

Additional:

Category B: Activities considered appropriate as "scholarly and creative activities" for the discipline are:

  • Academic and scholarly contributions to the faculty member's profession and field, that are externally evaluated and published or formally accepted for publication such as research, critical essays and analyses, books, publications, published reviews, translations, papers, articles, journals, poetry and theoretical speculations.
  • Textbooks and original teaching or testing materials or innovative use of computers or computer methods which are adopted for professional and/or instructional use outside the faculty member's department/division;
  • Presentations before meetings of scholarly and professional societies, and presentations as an invited authority in the faculty member's field before significant scholarly and professional audiences;
  • Presentations or publications in literature, fiction, poetry, dramatic arts, or film;
  • Participation in activities of scholarly or professional societies beyond mere membership, such as elective office, fellowship status, committee membership, receipt of special awards, organization of symposia, and chairing of conference sessions;
  • Receipt of fellowships or other subsidies for the pursuit of research or study in the faculty member's field;
  • Holding significant special appointments such as visiting professorships, lectureships, or consultant assignments in other academic, scholarly, professional, or governmental institutions, and editing of scholarly or professional publications.

Committee Procedures

Review of Faculty Holding Joint Appointments and of Faculty Active in Interdisciplinary Programs

Student Consultation in Academic Personnel Processes

Additional:

Student opinion surveys are administered in a minimum of two (2) courses per academic year for tenured faculty members on a rotating basis (this is usually accomplished by administration in one (1) semester but may extend to two (2) semesters depending on the teaching load of the faculty member). Student opinion surveys are administered in all classes every semester for probationary tenure-track faculty. Full- or part-time temporary faculty shall conduct the student opinion surveys in all of their classes every semester.

Oral Testimony

Role of Department/Division/School Chair or Director

Appointment of Temporary Faculty

Evaluation of Temporary Faculty

Additional:

Evaluation of temporary faculty is based on instructional performance (taking into account student opinion surveys, syllabi, class materials, classroom visits, and/or other evidence of currency in the field). It also includes those contributions in Categories Band C that are relevant to their instructional assignment or that provide student services.

Full- or part-time temporary faculty shall conduct student opinion surveys in all of their classes.

The committee will invite the Coordinator of Composition to provide a written report on each instructor of English 095, 096, 101, or 102, particularly those whose performance is commendable or needs improvement. The committee will also invite the Department Chair to submit a written report on anyone being reviewed whose work is particularly commendable or needs improvement. Those being reviewed will receive these reports and have ten (10) days to submit a response or rebuttal to

The chair will arrange for classroom visitation for part-time faculty as appropriate. Class observations will normally be performed by full-time faculty not serving on the review committee.

According to its overall judgment, the Committee will rate each instructor as recommended or not recommended and further rank all those recommended as 1, 2, or 3 with 1 representing the highest possible evaluation, 2 representing satisfactory performance, and 3 representing some area of concern or reservation about the instructor's performance. A ranking of not recommended is an unsatisfactory ranking and will be grounds for non-renewal of the instructor. When there is insufficient information in the file, the committee may decide to provide a ranking of not recommended for an instructor.

The committee may also provide a statement of commendation or specific advice about an area of concern.

I. Currency in the Field

Although currency in the field will primarily be determined by the course material in the supplemental file, it may also be determined by the report of the class visit and documented evidence of relevant professional achievement. If the course materials seem to require specific comment because they are unsatisfactory, problematic, need improvement, or are distinguished in some way, the Part-Time Instructor Review Committee should note that fact in its final report and, when appropriate, provide commendations or specific suggestions for improvement. The Part-Time Instructor Review Committee will also consider and evaluate evidence of professional achievement or special service to the department and/or our students when such evidence is relevant to specific teaching assignments, appropriately documented in the supplemental file, and deserving of comment or commendation.

Consideration for Three-Year Appointments

Consideration for Range Elevation

Additional:

Range elevation for full- and part-time temporary faculty in the Department of English is based primarily on A) teaching performance. Consideration is also given to B) professional development and accomplishments and C) contributions to the University community as it relates to teaching and service to students.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of a sustained satisfactory record of performance in category A and either category B or C. It is understood, however, that expectations for satisfactory performance in categories B) and C) are significantly less than those required of probationary tenure-track faculty.

  1. Evidence of satisfactory teaching performance shall be demonstrated by the following:
    1. Class observations. To be considered for range elevation, faculty must be observed once during the 12 months preceding the date of their application.
    2. Course materials, including syllabi, sample assignments and instructional handouts, and sample marked and graded student papers with instructor comments.
    3. Student opinion surveys.

Examples of professional contributions include the following:

  1. earning an advanced academic degree other than that held at the point of the faculty member's initial appointment or previous range elevation and in a field relevant to the faculty member's teaching assignments;
  2. academic and scholarly contributions to the faculty member's profession and field, that are externally evaluated and published or formally accepted for publication such as research, critical essays and analyses, and theoretical speculations;
  3. textbooks and original teaching or testing materials or innovative use of computers and computer methods which are adopted for professional and/or instructional use outside the faculty member's department/division;
  4. presentations or publications in literature, fiction, poetry, dramatic arts, or film;
  5. presentations before meetings of scholarly and professional societies, and presentations as an invited authority in the faculty member's field before significant scholarly and professional audiences;
  6. participation in activities of scholarly or professional societies beyond mere membership, such as elective office, fellowship status, committee membership, receipt of special awards, organization of symposia, and chairing of conference sessions;
  7. receipt of fellowships or other subsidies for the pursuit of research or study in the faculty member's field;
  8. holding significant special appointments such as editing of scholarly or professional publications.

Examples of contributions to the university/community include:

  1. contributing to department governance such as membership and participation in the activities of the department/division committees and service in administrative capacities;
  2. participating in any student organization or engaging in any service to schools and/or the community or engaging in other activities which bring positive recognition to the faculty member and to the University;
  3. delivering speeches, conducting colloquia, or otherwise conveying information about the faculty member's scholarship, profession, field and university to community groups; organizing and engaging in significant university, school and department/division activities which improve the educational environment and/or student or faculty life, such as organizing retreats, conferences, or orientations.

Review of Department Personnel Procedures

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF A TERMINAL DEGREE OTHER THAN A DOCTORATE

Department: English

Area of Specialization: Creative Writing

Terminal Degree: M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)

1. Why is this degree more relevant for this position than a doctorate?

While some writers do obtain the doctorate, it is far more common for poets, fiction writers and other creative authors to forego research in order to devote time to their craft. Since the writers we hire, when they teach as writers, generally conduct workshop classes, their function is analogous to art teachers in studio classes rather than lecturers in a course based on content research.

2. What is the availability of a doctorate in this field?

The doctorate in creative writing is not widespread. The University of Iowa is best known for its combination of training in creative writing and research but there are a few graduates of this program and most them are hired because of their reputation as writers not because of their degree.

3. Does this degree provide a faculty member with the necessary background to do research, scholarly, or creative work in the University?

It provides the background necessary to teach introductory classes in composition and literature, and the background to teach and create in their writing genre.

4.  Is there a requirement of the specialized accrediting agency related to terminal degrees of faculty in the department? If so, what is that requirement?

No

5.  What are the educational requirements for similar positions at comparable campuses? Please identify the campus and provide a copy of their relevant policies.

Many campuses have no degree requirements for creative writers. The majority of campuses in the CSU require an M.A. or M.F.A. Some require M.F.A., Ph.D., or equivalent in publications and teaching experience.