Helpful Suggestions

  • Be comprehensive when filling in the Faculty Annual Report questionnaire each year. This information is utilized by the Department Chair to document progress and readiness for promotion and tenure. Additionally, this document contains information that is needed for the OPT packet, that may not be systematically retrievable elsewhere.
  • Review the information that is required in the P&T application. Examples of information required but not routinely tracked in a Curriculum Vitae include: grants submitted but not funded, information on journal reviews completed, or philosophy on teaching. Careful review of requirements can assure that all information is collected as a candidate proceeds towards P&T.
  • Keep track of teaching evaluations. If a change is made in a teaching technique due to a low evaluation, this should be tracked on future evaluations and commented on in the packet to demonstrate improvement
  • Save examples of exemplary teaching. Examples might include a short video clip of the nominee explaining a difficult concept during a lecture, or a particularly interesting case study used to demonstrate an important point. These examples should be highlighted within the packet.
  • Meet with peer reviewers of teaching beforehand to explain the course structure and objectives, and to highlight special features or innovations
  • Ask colleagues who have recently gone through the promotion and tenure process if they are willing to share their packet with you. It may helpful to review the packets of others, especially if their effort and focus is similar to yours.
  • Create a checklist of the things you need to gather together as you prepare your packet. These things may differ based on your specific circumstances, but will likely include but are not limited to: teaching evaluations, classroom and clerkship; CV; listing of grants; funded, pending, and not funded; list of journals you have done reviews for, organizations at the local, state, national and international level you have been a member of  and/or held office in; invited talks you have given at the local, state, national, and international level; annual evaluation letters which list your effort;  teaching accomplishments with examples where appropriate; graduate committees you have participated in; creative works; service to the University; work as an editor or advisory board to a scholarly journal; and honors received at the local, state, national and international level.