The Faculty and Contract Staff Handbook has established policies and processes related to the review of full-time and part-time faculty. Each year, all full-time faculty participate in a merit review process in order to:
In preparation of the merit review process, full-time faculty members complete the Summary of Proposal Activities Form (SPA) and submit it to their Chair by the announced deadline. Forms can be accessed here:
In addition to the annual merit review process described above, during the probationary period, tenure-track faculty also undergo formal and informal reviews by their department. Tenure-track faculty should consult their Department Chair to discuss the timeline and process for these reviews.
Visiting full-time faculty members who taught in the Fall semester but will not be teaching at Trinity in the next academic do not need to complete an SPA but will be evaluated for their Fall teaching using the part-time faculty evaluation form and review process.
Department Chairs evaluate all part-time faculty in their department every semester. Upon reviewing teaching evaluations for the previous semester, Department Chairs submit the Part-Time Faculty Evaluation Form to Dr. Duane Coltharp, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Curriculum and Faculty Development.
The Commission on Promotion and Tenure has both an evaluation role and an oversight role. The primary oversight function is that the Commission will participate, jointly with the Administration, in the review of departmental and library promotion and tenure criteria and procedures. The Commission on Promotion and Tenure reviews every candidate for promotion and/or tenure and makes a recommendation to the President of the University. In making its review and formulating its recommendations, the Commission shall have as its primary concern the maintenance of fair and objective standards for peer-review decisions across the University. Additional information about the Commission can be found in The Faculty and Contract Staff Handbook (Chapter 2: Faculty Governance Structure). The Commission on Promotion and Tenure holds two open meetings per year -- in April and August -- to discuss the promotion and tenure process, criteria, and suggestions for presenting materials. Each year, the VPAA holds presentation for tenure-track faculty on preparing a promotion and tenure file.
Early career faculty members are encouraged to refer specific questions about the promotion and tenure process and the schedule and criteria for formal and informal reviews to their Department Chair.
Commissioners are elected to serve a three-year term to represent their Academic Group, as described in The Faculty and Contract Staff Handbook.