Equity and Fairness in the Review Process

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:03

Proactive Procedure

To encourage a fair and equitable review process for the candidate, the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs will send out a memo to all faculty review committees and administrators at each level reminding them of the importance of conducting a fair and unbiased evaluation (a copy of the memo follows this section). This memo will state that discussions should avoid disparaging or prejudicial comments. It will include an express admonition that the evaluation of the candidate may not be based on factors such as a candidate’s sex, race, sexual orientation or other protected personal characteristics. In addition, the letter will stress that neither a candidate’s part-time status nor any extension of the mandatory tenure review year authorized pursuant to policy may be held against the candidate, and that such candidates shall be evaluated according to the same criteria applicable to other candidates.  Chairs of the Unit-level APT review committees are to distribute the letter to the voting faculty at the inception of the review process.  This letter shall be referenced prior to the evaluative meeting and when inappropriate discussions arise.  In departmentalized Colleges, Associate Deans of Faculty Affairs and College Diversity Officers are encouraged to formally charge individual Department APT Review Committees prior to the review process, paying specific attention to equity-related issues. Additionally, the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will arrange to formally charge College APT Review Committees.

APT Review Committee members shall be informed when a candidate stopped the tenure clock, and informed that these are university-supported policies.  The focus of discussion and decision-making in APT Review Committees should be on the candidate’s performance in meeting criteria set forth by the Department, College, and University, and not how long (i.e., an extra year) it took to meet those criteria. This recommendation applies to faculty being evaluated for tenure, as well as those with tenure being evaluated for promotion.

Procedures to Follow When There are Observed Actions of Concern

Should faculty members of the APT Review Committee (as witnesses) believe that inappropriate comments have been made, such as disparaging remarks referencing tenure delay(s), part-time appointments, cultural background, group membership, and/or personality traits, they are encouraged to raise their concern during the meeting, citing the Associate Provost’s letter. That faculty member may also discuss the issue confidentially with the APT Review Committee Chair, or with the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.

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