Promotion and Tenure

Welcome! This site has been set up for the benefit of candidates seeking tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, as well as those seeking promotion to the rank of Full Professor. For an overview of the English Department’s criteria and procedures for Faculty Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure, please consult the following document: Policies and Procedures. In addition, here are timelines for submitting materials for 4th-year review [pdf]6th-year review [pdf] andpromotion review [pdf].

Please let me know if there are any ways we might improve this site or if you have any questions about the material posted here,

Drew Jones, Chair of Promotion and Tenure

Assembling Your Core Dossier

The following links will take you to guidelines that you can use to create or update your Core Dossier.

The most general guidelines for assembling your core dossier are those provided by the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). These are the guidelines that should ultimately be followed, but you can also consult the College's Dossier Assembly Kit [pdf] for more streamlined suggestions about assembling the core dossier and gathering supplemental materials necessary for the 6th-year review.

For suggestions about locating quality indicators--such as book reviews, citations, acceptance rates of journals and presses, rankings of journals and presses--please consult documents prepared by librarian Anne Fields (Finding Book Reviews [pdf]) and me (Finding Quality Indicators [pdf]).

Model Core Dossiers

The following links will take you to completed Core Dossiers that you can use as models while you assemble or revise your own. Please note that because OAA’s guidelines change regularly, these sample dossiers may not conform to current rules for formatting. The P&T Committee will make every effort to replace these model dossiers with new examples as necessary, but you should make sure that you assemble your own dossier in accordance with the most current guidelines, accessible through the above links. Core dossiers should be formatted through Research in View. Please let us know if you have trouble with or questions about this tool for organizing your professional material.

Jill Galvan, 6th-year review
Elizabeth Weiser, 6th-year review
Christopher Highley, Promotion Review

Teaching Evaluations

The College of Arts and Sciences requires instructors to use Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEIs) in every class for which they are generated. SEIs are now distributed to students electronically; information about SEIs, including how to turn off the comments option (which the College and Department recommend), can be found at the OSU Registrar's website.

In addition, the Department of English's Promotion and Tenure Policies strongly encourage all teachers to collect discursive commentary through the use of evaluation forms that solicit information about both the quality of the course's content and the quality of the instructor's performance. In order for the students to feel free to express their opinions without fear of reprisal at grading time, the following procedures should be followed in distributing, collecting, and reading evaluations. First, the instructor should not be in the room when the evaluations are filled out. Second, the evaluations should be collected by someone other than the instructor (it may be one of the students), who should then place them in a sealed envelope labeled with the course number and the instructor's name and bring them to the appropriate staff member in the English Department office. Third, the instructor should not pick up and read the evaluations until after the grades are turned in to the Registrar.

Care should be taken to develop a discursive form that is both appropriate and effective. Instructors are allowed to devise their own forms. Here are a few examples of discursive forms that have been effective for different professors that might serve as guides.

Publication and Fellowship Information

Department of English - Documents & Media

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