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Post-tenure Review, Department of Theatre

Policy
Purpose: 

To articulate the criteria and procedures for post-tenure review for the Department of Theatre

Applies to: 

Tenured faculty in the Department of Theatre

Campus: 
Lawrence
Policy Statement: 

General Principles

In accordance with Board of Regents requirements (II.C.8) , Article 7 Section 4 of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, and the University Policy on Post-tenure Review, the Department of Theatre has adopted these expectations and procedures for conducting post-tenure review.  Post-tenure review is a process for periodic peer evaluation of faculty performance that provides an opportunity for a long-term assessment of a faculty member’s accomplishments and future directions in the areas of teaching/advising, scholarship, and service.

Post-tenure review must be conducted in a manner that respects the rights of faculty members involved, including academic freedom, tenure, and due process.  In addition, all those involved in the evaluation process must recognize that it is a confidential personnel matter and take appropriate steps to protect confidentiality. 

Period for Review

Faculty members will be reviewed once every seven years following the receipt of tenure with the review occurring in the unit(s) that conducts their annual evaluation. Post-tenure review covers the seven-year period leading up to the review, including the six prior annual evaluation letters and activities since the last annual evaluation. The cycle is restarted if a faculty member is evaluated for promotion or is awarded a distinguished professorship.  The time period when a faculty member is on medical or familial leave or that would otherwise be excluded when computing time in rank does not count toward this period. In addition, time serving as department chair, program director, dean or associate dean, or other administrative position subject to administrative review is excluded. The review may be postponed if it falls in a year when the faculty member is on leave. Faculty members on phased retirement or whose retirement date has been approved by the university will be exempt from review under this policy. The dean of the College will notify faculty members scheduled for post-tenure review no later than March 15th in the spring semester preceding the academic year of review.

Unit Expectations

All tenured faculty members must meet academic responsibilities in the areas of teaching/advising, scholarship, and service.  Unless otherwise specified by the job description or differential allocation of effort, the ordinary allocation of effort is 40% teaching/advising, 40% scholarship, and 20% service. The Department of Theatre recognizes that the specific contributions of faculty members to the department’s mission may differ depending on such factors as career stage and administrative assignments. These are typically documented with a Differential Allocation of Effort (DAE), the procedures for which are described in the Department’s Faculty Evaluation Plan.

The Department of Theatre has defined its standards and expectations for teaching/advising, scholarship, and service in its Faculty Evaluation Plan. The expectations for post-tenure review are consistent with these standards, with overall productivity commensurate to the seven-year period under review.  The following specific criteria shall apply for purposes of post-tenure review.

Criteria for Meeting Expectations in Teaching/Advising

The teaching/advising expectations for post-tenure review are the same as those articulated in the Department of Theatre’s Faculty Evaluation Plan for annual faculty reviews, under “Standards for Performance Expectations,” except that the expectations are commensurate with the seven-year post-tenure review period.

Criteria for Meeting Expectations in Scholarship

The scholarship expectations for post-tenure review are the same as those articulated in the Department of Theatre’s Faculty Evaluation Plan for annual faculty reviews, under “Standards for Performance Expectations,” except that the expectations are commensurate with the seven-year post-tenure review period.

Criteria for Meeting Expectations in Service

The service expectations for post-tenure review are the same as those articulated in the Department of Theatre’s Faculty Evaluation Plan for annual faculty reviews, under “Standards for Performance Expectations,” except that the expectations are commensurate with the seven-year post-tenure review period.

Relation to the Annual Evaluation

The Department of Theatre has in place a Faculty Evaluation Plan that provides for annual evaluation of each faculty member by a committee, known as the “Faculty Evaluation Board” (FEB), made up of tenured faculty members chosen according to provisions stated in the Department’s by-laws. The FEB will conduct post-tenure reviews when required and do so pursuant to the department’s faculty evaluation plan (including the allocation of annual merit points) and in compliance with procedural instructions issued by the College.

The resulting report issued by the Department’s Faculty Evaluation Board will be considered as part of the annual evaluation process. The department chairperson will discuss the review with the faculty member in conjunction with that process. This discussion should concentrate on the future professional development of the faculty member with an aim toward enhancing meritorious work and improving less satisfactory performance, including adoption of a performance improvement plan, if necessary. Any action on the review that is within the scope of the Faculty Evaluation Policy must be taken under that policy.         

Joint Appointments

The faculty member will provide both units with copies of the Faculty Member’s Statement section of the Post-Tenure Review File (reflecting the representative effort in each unit) and a current curriculum vitae. The review goes forward with each unit preparing a separate committee evaluation summary and considerations by each chair and/or director to the dean. Each unit will submit their review materials directly to the College Dean’s Office. In the case of a jointly appointed faculty and unclassified academic staff member outside of the College, the primary unit is responsible for the administrative protocols of engaging the secondary unit in the solicitation and collection of feedback relative to the evaluation of performance expectations in the secondary unit.

Review Committee

In the Department of Theatre, Post-tenure review is conducted by the Department’s Faculty Evaluation Board, which is responsible for the annual evaluation of Department faculty members, and which consists of tenured faculty members selected in accordance with the Department’s by-laws.  No person may serve on the committee if his or her spouse or partner is scheduled for review. If the chair/director is the spouse or partner of the faculty member under review, the “Chair or Director Evaluation Summary” shall be conducted by the Divisional Associate Dean. A committee member who believes that there may be a conflict of interest should withdraw from the committee. If a faculty member who is undergoing review believes that there is a conflict of interest, he or she may object to the inclusion of a member.  If the member declines to withdraw, the remaining committee members shall consider the basis for the alleged conflict and decide the matter.  If a committee member withdraws or is removed based on a conflict of interest, the department chairperson will name a replacement.

Preparation of the File

For the faculty member undergoing review, the post-tenure review file replaces the annual review file. Review will be conducted by the Faculty Evaluation Board on the basis of this file, which summarizes a faculty member’s teaching/advising, scholarship, and service. In contrast to evaluation for promotion and tenure, copies of publications and original student evaluations are not required to be submitted to the college.  Also, outside reviews of scholarship should not be submitted.

Using the Faculty Member Statement, form provided by the College, the faculty member under review shall provide a brief narrative statement of his or her accomplishments in teaching/advising, scholarship, and service during the review period as they relate to his or her long-term career path and goals.  In addition, the faculty member shall submit a current curriculum vitae and a list of additional activities not covered on the curriculum vitae. The department chairperson will furnish copies of the faculty member’s annual evaluation letters for the prior six years during the review period. 

In addition to the Faculty Member Statement, curriculum vitae, and list of other activities, the faculty member undergoing post-tenure review may also submit to the Faculty Evaluation Board any supporting documentation on teaching/advising, scholarship, and/or service that was not taken into consideration in any prior annual evaluation within the seven-year period. These supplemental documents will only be for consideration by the FEB and will not be forwarded to the college.

Evaluation and Report

The Faculty Evaluation Board will review the file and evaluate the faculty member’s overall performance and his or her contributions in the areas of teaching/advising, scholarship, and service.  Applying the expectations defined above, the FEB will determine whether the faculty member’s performance in each area, as well as whether his or her overall performance, meets expectations, exceeds expectations, or fails to meet expectations.  In making its evaluations, the FEB committee must bear in mind that (1) faculty members have differing responsibilities and make different kinds of contributions to the mission of the Department of Theatre, the College, and the University; (2) a faculty member’s activities vary over time according to his or her strengths, interests, and career path; and (3) innovative work may take time to reach fruition and may sometimes fail.

Using the Unit Committee Report form, provided by the College, the Faculty Evaluation Board will prepare a written report summarizing its evaluation. The report should provide a narrative description of the faculty member’s activities, an explanation of the committee’s ratings, and recommendations or suggestions for acknowledgement of contributions and future development of the faculty member.  The committee will provide a copy of the report to the faculty member, who may submit a written response for inclusion in the post-tenure review file before it is forwarded to the department chairperson.          

Consideration by the Chair

The Faculty Evaluation Board’s report (along with any faculty response) will be provided to the department chairperson. Using the Chair/Director Evaluation Summary, if the department chairperson agrees with the report, he or she will indicate that agreement in writing to the faculty member and place a copy in the post-tenure review file. If the chair disagrees with the committee’s evaluation, he or she shall explain the reasons for any disagreement in writing, with a copy to the faculty member and the committee. The department chairperson may ask the committee to provide additional information or reconsider the review. If the department chairperson disagrees with a positive evaluation by the committee, the faculty member may submit a written response.  The department chairperson will forward the file to the dean of the College.  Post-tenure review files are due in the College Dean’s Office by no later than noon, on the second Friday of March. 

Consideration by the Dean

The faculty member’s post-tenure review file, including the unit committee’s report (along with any faculty response) and the department chairperson’s agreement or disagreement, is forwarded to the dean.  Post-tenure review files are due in the College Dean’s Office by no later than noon, on the second Friday in March.  The dean will consider the report and using the Dean’s Evaluation Summary express his or her agreement or disagreement in the same manner as the chairperson. Following the completion of review by the dean, if the dean agrees with the report, he or she will indicate that agreement in writing to the faculty member and place a copy in the file. If dean disagrees with the committee’s evaluation, he or she shall explain the reasons for any disagreement in writing, with a copy to the faculty member and the unit committee. The dean may ask the committee to provide additional information or reconsider the review. If the dean disagrees with a positive evaluation by the unit committee, the faculty member may submit a written response.  The dean will forward a summary of post-tenure review outcomes and copies of the post-tenure review files to the Provost, to ultimately be placed in the faculty member’s personnel file.

Appeals

Following the completion of the review by the dean, if a disagreement between the committee and the chairperson or dean cannot be resolved or if the faculty member wishes to appeal an evaluation of “fails to meet expectations” in the overall evaluation or any category of responsibility, the matter will be handled as an appeal under the Department of Theatre’s annual Faculty Evaluation Policy.

Report to the Provost

The dean will provide a summary of the results in the College and copies of the post-tenure review file to the Provost.  The post-tenure review file will be placed in the faculty member’s personnel file.

Contact: 

Department of Theatre
University of Kansas
Murphy Hall 356
1530 Naismith Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045-3140
kuthr@ku.eduTheatre Chairperson
785-864-3511

Approved by: 
The faculty of the Department of Theatre
Approved on: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Effective on: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Keywords: 
PTR, seven-year evaluation, faculty evaluation, THR, Theatre, Tenured-faculty
Change History: 

10/12/2015: Per the Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the following was added to the template under Committee Review: If the chair/director is the spouse or partner of the faculty member under review, the “Chair or Director Evaluation Summary” shall be conducted by the Divisional Associate Dean.  Also added Dean’s review/acceptance under “Rank/Status/Change/History.”

09/30/2015: Added new template language to “Period for Review."

09/30/2015: Reviewed and accepted by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office

09/30/2015: Approved by the Faculty of the Department of Theatre


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