This website offers an overview meant to provide general information about the tenure and promotion processes and timing. This site does not supersede the Rutgers University Labor Relations policies and procedures (linked below). The general instructions can be accessed here.

If you have additional questions, or need clarification, please feel free to contact the Dean’s Office by phone at (856) 225-6097 or by email at fas.deans.office@camden.rutgers.edu

Overview: Tasks by Month

January 2022

  • Dean’s Office notifies chairs who must be a candidate in the next academic year, no later than January 2022
  • Chairs determine who must be evaluated for the next academic year. 
  • Chairs determine any early tenure promotion cases. 
  • Chairs determine “rank review” candidates (Associate to Full Professor, Full to Distinguished). 

February 2022

  • Dean’s Office hosts 2022-2023 Tenure and Promotion Workshop.

February/March 2022

  • Chairs finalize candidates for 2022-2023 review cycle. 
  • Chairs discuss appropriate external referees with candidates. 
  • Chairs discuss external referees with Associate Dean, Dr. Richard Epstein. 
  • Chairs submit External Reviewer Approval Requests to Dr. Epstein for approval [External Reviewer Approval Request Process].
  • Once potential referee list is approved, chairs send preliminary solicitation letter to external referees. Please see sample letter in Appendix G [DOCX]

April 2022

  • Chairs send 30-Day Notification Letters to candidates by May 1st. Sample letters can be found here and in Appendix F1 [DOC X] or Appendix F2 [DOCX]
  • Candidate, in coordination with department chair, compile review documents to go to external reviewers. 

May/July 2022

  • Chairs send formal solicitation letters to external referees using sample solicitation letters. Please note that changes to solicitation letters must be approved by the dean and chancellor. Please see the sample letter in Appendix G1 [DOCX]Appendix G-II [DOCX] and Appendix G2 [DOCX].
  • Chairs send selected research materials and personal statement, if candidate desires, to external referees. 
  • Dean’s Office will send list of candidates for reappointment, tenure and/or promotion to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs by June 1. 
  • Dean’s Office notifies the chair regarding eligible departmental reviewers for the upcoming year. 
  • If applicable, department ad hoc committee members are appointed by the Dean/Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs.
  • Dean’s Office notifies the candidate who will be on their departmental review committee. 
  • Candidates send DRAFT Form 1A [DOCX]/Form 1B [DOCX]to the Dean’s Office/Academic Labor Relations for initial review; candidate may be asked to provide revisions to the initial review. Candidates may leave the teaching grid blank at this stage. 

August 2022

  • Chairs obtain the inventoried Supplemental Materials from each candidate as indexed in Appendix H [DOCX]
  • Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research will send teaching grids for units for inclusion in Form 1A [DOCX] /Form 1B [DOCX] Please include fall semester courses, but leave the evaluation section blank. 
  • Candidate completes applicable Form 1A [DOCX] or Form 1B [DOCX]. Please note that the suggested and preferred method to generate Reappointment/Promotion Form 1A/Form 1B is by updating the Faculty Survey online. Questions regarding the Faculty Survey should be directed to Mr. Tin Lam (732-432-7206 x 233 tinlt@irap.rutgers.edu). 

September 2022

  • Chairs verify that confidential letters are received from external referees prior to the departmental meeting on each case.  
  • Chairs complete Form 3 [DOCX] (Report on External Confidential Letters) and Form 3A [DOCX] (Confidential Letter Cover Sheet) for each reviewer.
  • Chairs consult with tenured members of the department to determine whether to have a reading committee 
  • For joint appointees, the chair will obtain report from secondary department, unit or program, if applicable. 
  • Chairs schedule and run departmental meetings. Only faculty who are physically present at the meetings in which the candidate is considered are to be accorded a vote. 
  • Chairs write Departmental Narrative (Form 4 [DOCX] in consultation with department colleagues. 
  • Chairs submit Departmental Narrative to the Dean’s Office by Friday, September 16, 2022. 
  • The chairs notify candidate, in writing, of the department’s action within 5 working days of department meeting. 

September 17  – October 2, 2022

  • A&P Committee reviews candidate’s official packet and may consult with the dean. Only those committee members who are physically present at the A&P meeting in which the candidate is considered shall participate in the review of the candidate. 
  • The A&P Committee’s written report and recommendation are due to the dean by Monday, October 3, 2022

October 4 – October 14, 2022

  • Dean’s Narrative (Form 5 [DOCX]) is completed. 
  • Dean notifies candidate within 10 days of final decision on reappointment with tenure, and promotions involving tenured ranks, where both the department and decanal levels are negative, excluding cases being considered under rank review provision. 
  • The Dean’s Office sends packet to Chancellor’s Office for final review by October 14, 2022

November 1, 2022 

  • One copy of the original packet is submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, New Brunswick,  by the Chancellor’s Office.

January (after the start of Spring Semester), February, March, April 2023

  • Promotion Review Committee (PRC) meets on a weekly basis. 
  • Supplemental Materials may be requested by PRC. 

April or June 2023

  • President makes recommendations to the Board of Governors. 
  • Chancellor in Camden notifies deans of decisions on promotions of tenured ranks. 
  • Dean notifies department chair of decisions.
  • Candidates are notified of decision by chair.
Timetable

Month 

Chair 

Candidate 

Dean’s Office 

January 2022

Determines who will be evaluated, “rank review” candidates, early cases 

 

Notifies chairs who must go up for promotion in the next academic year no later than the end of January 2022

February 2022

 

 

Hosts 2022-2023 Tenure and Promotion Workshop.

February/March 2022

Discusses appropriate external referees with candidate, and Dr. Epstein utilizing the external reviewer approval application. 

Discusses potential external referees with Chair 

Updates Faculty Survey and general initial promotion/tenure paperwork 

Gathers supplemental materials to be included in your promotion packet 

External Reviewer Approval Process

April 2022

Sends thirty (30) day notification letters to candidates by May 1stAPPENDIX F-1 [DOCX] or APPENDIX F-2 [DOCX]

Once approved by Dr. Epstein, sends preliminary solicitation letter to external referees. 

In coordination with department chair, compile review documents to go to external reviewers. 

 

May/July 2022

Sends formal solicitation letters to external referees 
APPENDIX G-1 [DOCX]
APPENDIX G-2 [DOCX]
APPENDIX G-II [DOCX]

Sends selected research materials and personal statement, if candidate desires, to external referees 

Submits electronic DRAFT Form 1A [DOCX]/Form 1B [DOCX] to Dean’s Office/Academic Labor Relations for initial review. Please submit it as a word document. 

Sends the list of candidates for reappointment, tenure and/or promotion to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs by June 1, 2022

Requests departmental reviewer for the upcoming year 

If applicable, department ad hoc committee members are appointed 

Notifies candidate who will be on their departmental committee

August 2022

Receives confidential letters back from external referees 

Submits inventoried Supplemental Materials as outlined in Appendix H [DOCX] to Chair 

Completes Form 1A [DOCX]/Form 1B [DOCX] and submits to Chair. 

 

September 2022

Verifies that confidential letters are received

Completes Form 3 [DOCX] (Report on External Confidential Letters) and Form 3A [DOCX] (Confidential Letter Cover Sheet) for each reviewer

Consults with tenured members of the department to determine whether to have a reading committee 

For joint appointees, the chair will obtain report from secondary department, unit or program, if applicable 

Departmental Narrative (Form 4 [DOCX]) is due to the Dean’s Office by Friday, September 16, 2022. 

Notifies candidate, in writing, of the department’s action within 5 working days of departmental meeting 

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

 

September 17 – October 2, 2022

 Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

A&P Committee: 

Reviews candidates official packet 

A&P Report due to the Dean by October 3, 2022

October 4 – October 14, 2022

 Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

Dean’s Narrative is completed Form 5 [DOCX].

Dean notifies candidate within 10 days of final decision where both the department and decanal levels are negative 

Sends packet to Chancellor’s Office for final review by October 14, 2022.

November 2022

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

November 1, 2022

Chancellor’s Office send copy of original packet to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs 

April 2023

Candidates are notified of decision after Board of Governors meeting 

June 2023

Candidates are notified of decision after Board of Governors meeting 

Chair Procedure Checklist

General Instructions may be found on the Academic Labor Relations Website. 

  1. External Reviewer Approval Form [External Reviewer Approval Request Process]
  2. Appendix G [DOCX] (Preliminary Solicitation Letter)
  3. APPENDIX G-1 [DOCX], APPENDIX G-II [DOCX], or APPENDIX G-2 [DOCX] (Solicitation Letters) – Note Appendix G-1 and Appendix G-2 include letters for those under the Ten Year rule. All letters also include a COVID-19 update.
  4. Form 2 [DOCX] (Criteria Applicable to this Candidate)
    1. Supplemental Form 2 [DOCX]
  5. Form 3 [DOCX] (Report on External Confidential Letters)
  6. Form 3A [DOCX] (Confidential Letter Cover Sheet)
  7. Form 4 [DOCX] (Narrative Summary of Departmental Recommendation)
  8. Appendix H [DOCX] (Sample – Inventory Listing of Materials to be Included in Packets for Reappointment or Promotion)
Candidate Procedure Checklist

General Instructions may be found on the Academic Labor Relations Website.

  1. Form 1A [DOCX] (General Teaching/Research Faculty) or Form 1B [DOCX] (Faculty in the Creative or Performing Arts)
    1. Supplemental Form 1 [DOCX] (Excluding teaching evaluations from Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 from evaluation)
  2. Form 2 [DOCX] (Criteria Applicable to this Candidate)
    1. Supplemental Form 2 [DOCX] (Taking COVID-19 into consideration) 
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Current C.V.
  5. Appendix H [DOCX] (Sample – Inventory Listing of Materials to be Included in Packets for Reappointment or Promotion)
  6. Supplemental Materials (including, but not limited to)
    1. Documentation of research accomplishments
    2. Teaching Portfolio (Optional)
OPTIONAL - Teaching Portfolio Checklist

For faculty choosing to present a teaching portfolio, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research (CTAAR) has extensive guidance on their website (https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/wiki/pages/w6z7c9w7/TEACHING_PORTFOLIOS.html).

You may consider keeping two portfolios. A “career portfolio” can be kept for your records. This represents a complete picture of your teaching: your statement of teaching philosophy, peer evaluations, SIRS, student comments, evidence of student success, documentation of teaching awards, teaching-related pedagogy, diversity statement, student assignments, etc.

An abbreviated portfolio should be used for review and/or evaluation purposes.  If submitted, this document will be included in the candidate’s packet for review all levels. It is typically 8-10 pages total. (Supporting documents may be included in Appendices/supporting materials.)

This abbreviated portfolio is a single document that summarizes and integrates the career portfolio.  Typically, it has 3 parts:

  1. Teaching responsibilities (the “what”): teaching experiences, modalities, course content, methods
  2. Teaching philosophy (the “why”): values, strategies, objectives in teaching; connect these to examples
  3. Annotate the evidence: document success in implementing this philosophy, preferably using multiple methods (including from self, others, and student outcomes; consider discussing evidence such as peer evaluations, SIRS, student comments, evidence of student success, etc.)
Dean's Office Procedure Checklist
  1. Form 5 [DOCX] (Narrative Summary of Dean’s Recommendation)
Complete Promotion Packet Checklist
  1. Form 1-a/Form 1-b (signed, dated, original signatures, one sided, no staples or hole punches)
    1. Supplemental Form 1 (signed, dated)
  2. Form 2 (signed, dated).
    1. Supplemental Form 2 (signed, dated)
  3. Form 3 (one sided)
  4. Form 3-a (one sided)
  5. External Review Letter that corresponds to form 3-a (date stamped with date received and numbered as listed on form 3)
  6. Repeat 4 and 5 until all of the external review letters and form 3-a have been included
  7. Form 4 (signed, dated, original signatures, one sided, no staples or hole punches)
  8. Personal Statement (one sided, no staples or hole punches)
  9. CV (one sided, no staples or hole punches)
  10. Appendix H – Listing everything that is in the supplemental materials
  11. Supplemental Materials (including, but not limited to)
    1. Documentation of research accomplishments
    2. Teaching Portfolio
Tips and Reminders

Please remember that all forms require original, non-electronic signatures. 

External Reviewers:

  • External reviewers should ideally be at the rank of Full Professor or above for tenure cases and MUST be Full or higher for promotions to Professor I
  • Associate Professor external reviewers are typically not appropriate; with justification up to one considered (tenure cases only)
  • External reviewers should be on the faculty at peer institutions or higher
  • External reviewers should not be collaborators with candidates (e.g., co-authors)
  • Chairs should determine the nature of any professional relationship between candidate and external reviewer (e.g., organized conference together, post-docs in same department or lab)
  • The PRC discourages letters form a candidate’s dissertation director and has indicated it will not consider such letters as “independent.”
  • Candidates can suggest potential external reviewers (current limit of two)
  • Candidates can submit a list of people they do not wish to be contacted for external review
  • RU procedures require the chair disclose who identified or suggested each external reviewer—the candidate or the chair or colleagues

External Letters:

  • Aim to secure 8-9 external letters (by RU policy, dossiers with fewer than 7 cannot proceed)
  • ALL letters (including electronic ones) must be printed on the reviewer’s institutional letterhead
  • All letters, including electronic ones, MUST be signed (e-signatures are acceptable)
  • Be sure to date- and time-stamp any hard copy letters received
  • Be sure that the date-stamp on the hard copy letters matches Form 3 [DOCX]

Form 1-a/1-b

  • If a section does not apply to you, please add N/A where the answer(s) should go. This will stop us from chasing you down for information that does not exist. If you have put N/A – please double check that is correct and you have not missed something.
  • If it is on your CV it should be on your Form 1a – you cannot add it later. When you are sure you have included everything, take a break then go back and check again.
  • Works in Progress – make sure to include ALL the projects you are working on. If they are listed on Form 1 you can update them should they suddenly come to fruition; if they are not listed on Form 1a they cannot be added later
  • If you have information that does not seem to fit in any of the sections listed under the 3 areas (Scholarship, Teaching, Service), list that under the heading “Other” in the appropriate area (Scholarship, Teaching, Service).
  • Remember to include the Fall 2022 classes you will be teaching, and account for every semester in the teaching grid.
  • Remember, Scholarship and Service sections should cover your entire record (no date restrictions); most of the Teaching section will cover the entire period too, except for the teaching grid and question 3 (independent study supervision).

Departmental Review:

A minimum of six tenured faculty members at or above the rank for which candidates are to be considered for reappointment or promotion are required to vote on the recommendation with respect to each candidate. All must be physically present to vote (regulation has been suspended temporarily due to COVID-19).

Guidance for Engaged Scholarship

Guidelines related to the inclusion of engaged scholarship in applications for tenure and promotion can be found at: Publicly Engaged Scholarship Guidelines (Fall 2019)

Please note that these are intended as guidelines, not university policy.

Forms

All of the forms and University information pertaining to tenure and promotion may be found on the Rutgers University Labor Relations Website (https://laborrelations.rutgers.edu/faculty/tenured-and-tenure-track-faculty) and below:

2022-2023 Academic Reappointment/Promotion Instructions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty (Non-Libraries) in the AAUP-AFT Negotiations Unit

2022 – 2023 Appendices tenured and tenure-track

2022 – 2023 Promotion Packet Timetable

External Reviewer Approval Form

Form 1A [DOCX] – For General Teaching/Research Faculty

Form 1B [DOCX] – For Faculty in the Creative or Performing Arts

Supplemental Form 1 [DOCX] – Excluding teaching evaluations from Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 from evaluation

Form 2 [DOCX] – Criteria Applicable to this Candidate

Supplemental Form 2 [DOCX] – Taking COVID-19 into consideration

Form 3 [DOCX] – Report on External Confidential Letters

Form 3A [DOCX] – Confidential Letter Cover Sheet

Appendix G [DOCX] – Preliminary Solicitation Letter

APPENDIX G-1 [DOCX], APPENDIX G-II [DOCX], or APPENDIX G-2 [DOCX] – Solicitation Letters

Form 4 [DOCX] – Narrative Summary of Departmental Recommendation

Form 5 [DOCX]– Narrative Summary of Dean’s Recommendation

Appendix H [DOCX] – Sample Inventory Listing of Materials to be Included in Packets for Reappointment or Promotion

FAQs

AAUP-AFT Union FAQs may be found at: https://www.rutgersaaup.org/university-policies-reappointment-promotion-and-tenure-for-tenured-and-tenure-track-faculty/

  1. When does CTAAR generate my faculty teaching grid?
    1. Promotions to/within the tenure ranks  Teaching grids will be distributed on or around August 20, 2022
    2. Reappointments (3rd year tenure track) – Teaching grids will be distributed on or around October 8, 2022
    3. NTT promotions/reappointments (proposed rank of Associate or equivalent) – Teaching grids will be distributed on or around December 10, 2022
  2. Who pays for research materials that will be sent to external reviewers?
    1. Typically, the department may utilize their discretionary funds.
  3. What is the acceptable format for the external reviewer letters?
    1. Original letters with signatures are preferable. However, the following variations may be acceptable.
      1) Email letter, on letterhead with electronic signature
      2) Email letter, on letterhead NOT signed – include 1st page of email after the letter
      3) Email letter NOT on letterhead, but signed – include 1st page of email after the letter
      4) Email letter, NOT on letterhead and NOT signed – include 1st page of email after the letter

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Dean’s Office (856) 225-6097.

Important Links and Contact Information

Office of University Labor Relations: https://laborrelations.rutgers.edu/
Faculty Survey: https://oirapapps.rutgers.edu/facsurv/
Committee Assignments: https://fas.camden.rutgers.edu/committee-assignments/
General Instructions: https://laborrelations.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/document/instructions_t_tt_non-libraries.pdf
FASC Faculty Affairs website: https://fas.camden.rutgers.edu/faculty/faculty-resources/faculty-affairs/
AAUP-AFT Union Website: https://www.rutgersaaup.org/
Academic Appointments Manual: https://academiclaborrelations.rutgers.edu/academic-appointments-manual/academic-appointments-manual
2018-2022 Faculty Union Contract: https://academiclaborrelations.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/AAUP-AFT%20Agreement%202018-2022_Final.pdf

Dr. Richard Epstein
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Email: repstein@camden.rutgers.edu 

Maria Buckley
Assistant Dean III
Phone: (856) 225-2951
Email: mariabu@camden.rutgers.edu

Tin Lam
Faculty Survey Administrator
Phone: 732-432-7206 X 233
Email: tinlt@irap.rutgers.edu