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 Office of Labor Relations policies and procedures (linked below). 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 2024

  • Dean’s Office notifies chairs who must be a candidate in the next academic year, no later than the end of January 2024
  • 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 2024

  • Dean’s Office hosts 2024-2025 Tenure and Promotion Workshop.

February/March 2024

  • Chairs finalize candidates for 2024-2025 review cycle. 
  • Chairs discuss appropriate external referees with candidates. 
  • Chairs discuss external referees with Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Chairs submit External Reviewer Approval Requests to Suneeta Ramaswami, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs [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

April 2024

  • Chairs send 30-Day Notification Letters to candidates by May 1st. Sample letters can be found here and in Appendix F-1 or Appendix F-2
  • Candidate, in coordination with department chair, compile review documents to go to external reviewers. 

May/July 2024

  • The department chair must ensure they are in receipt of signed copies of supplemental forms 1 and 2 prior to sending out the preliminary solicitation letters.
  • 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 G-1Appendix G-II and Appendix G-2.
  • 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/University 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 2024

September 2024

  • 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 13, 2024. 
  • Chairs notify candidate, in writing, of the department’s action within 5 working days of department meeting. 

September 13  – October 6, 2024

  • 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 7, 2024

October 7 – October 11, 2024

  • 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, 2024

November 1, 2024 

  • One copy of the original packet is submitted to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs by the Provost’s Office.

January (after the start of Spring Semester), February, March, April 2025

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

April or June 2025

  • President makes recommendations to the Board of Governors. 
  • April Board: promotions/reappointments involving the initial award of tenure.
  • June Board: promotions within the tenured ranks (full and distinguished professors).
  • 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 2024

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 2024

February 2024

 

 

Hosts 2024-2025 Tenure and Promotion Workshop.

February/March 2024

Discusses appropriate external referees with candidate, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs 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 2024

Sends thirty (30) day notification letters to candidates by May 1stAppendix F-1 or Appendix F-2

Once approved by Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, sends preliminary solicitation letter to external referees. 

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

 

May/July 2024

The department chair must ensure they are in receipt of signed copies of supplemental forms 1 and 2 prior to sending out the preliminary solicitation letters.

Sends formal solicitation letters to external referees 
Appendix G-1
Appendix G-2
Appendix G-II

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

Submits electronic DRAFT Form 1a [DOCX]  or Form 1b [DOCX] or Form 1c or Form 1d to Dean’s Office/University 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, 2024

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 2024

Receives confidential letters back from external referees 

Submits inventoried Supplemental Materials as outlined in Appendix H to Chair 

Completes Form 1a [DOCX]/Form 1b [DOCX]/Form 1c/Form 1d and submits to Chair. 

 

September 2024

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 13, 2024. 

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 13 – October 6, 2024

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 7, 2023

October 7 – October 11, 2024

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 13, 2023.

November 2024

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

Revisions may be requested at any level of review. 

November 1, 2024

Provost’s Office sends copy of original packet to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs 

April 2024

Candidates for promotions/reappointments involving the initial award of tenure are notified of decision after Board of Governors meeting 

June 2024

Candidates for promotions within the tenured ranks (full and distinguished professors) are notified of decision after Board of Governors meeting 

Chair Procedure Checklist

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

  1. External Reviewer Approval Form  External Reviewer Approval Request Process
  2. Appendix G (Preliminary Solicitation Letter)
  3. Appendix G-1, Appendix G-2, or Appendix G-II (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 (Sample – Inventory Listing of Materials to be Included in Packets for Reappointment or Promotion)
Candidate Procedure Checklist

General Instructions may be found on the University 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 (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 Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research (OTEAR) has extensive guidance on their website (Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research).

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)
    1. Supplemental Form 1 (signed, dated)
  2. Form 2 (signed, dated).
    1. Supplemental Form 2 (signed, dated)
  3. Form 3
  4. Form 3-a
  5. one copy of the sample letter used to solicit external confidential evaluations (Appendix G1-GII),
  6. External Review Letter that corresponds to form 3-a (date stamped with date received and numbered as listed on form 3)
  7. Repeat 4 and 5 until all of the external review letters and form 3-a have been included
  8. Form 4 (signed, dated, original signatures)
  9. Personal Statement
  10. Evidence of effective teaching
  11. CV
  12. Appendix H – Listing everything that is in the supplemental materials
  13. 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:

  • For this academic year only, each promotion packet is currently required to have a minimum number of five external confidential arm’s length letters of evaluation from qualified persons. Non-arm’s length letters will not count towards the minimum requirement. These letters must be obtained by the candidate’s department chair and/or by the candidate’s dean. 

Arm’s length letters are defined as those from external referees who are NOT the candidate’s dissertation or thesis chair or mentor, the candidate’s coauthor or collaborator, the candidate’s former professor, a family member of the candidate, or a personal friend of the candidate.  Letters from individuals with whom the candidate has worked closely in the past will not be considered arm’s length.  For instance, co-authored papers, collaborative grants and co-advised students are examples of prior candidate-referee interactions that disqualify arm’s length referees.  If a non-arm’s length letter is included, it must be in addition to the minimum requirement, and the department chair should indicate the reason for soliciting a letter from that individual on Form 3-a.

Required Letters (as defined above):
External referees should be selected on the basis of their standing in the field and the institutions with which they are associated. Explanations of external referees’ area of expertise and suitability to serve as a reviewer should be detailed on Form 3a.

  • Promotion to associate professor with tenure: external referees should be at the rank of tenured full professor (or equivalent) or above, but must at least be at the candidate’s proposed rank or equivalent.  Justification for the selection and suitability of these reviewers must be provided on Form 3a.
  • Promotion to full professor with tenure: external referees must be at the rank of tenured full professor (or equivalent) or higher.
  • Promotion to distinguished professor with tenure: referees should hold equivalent titles to the proposed rank and/or demonstrate distinguished standing in the field.
  • 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

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 2023 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 appointment, reappointment or promotion are required to vote on the recommendation with respect to each candidate.

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

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/promotions-appointments-and-reappointments) and below:

2024-2025 Academic Reappointment/Promotion Instructions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty (Non-Libraries) in the AAUP-AFT Negotiations Unit

2024-2025 T and TT non-libraries Appendices

2024-2025 T and TT non-libraries 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 – Preliminary Solicitation Letter

Appendix G-1, Appendix G-II, or Appendix G-2 – Solicitation Letters

Form 4 [DOCX] – Narrative Summary of Departmental Recommendation

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

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

FAQs

AAUP-AFT Union FAQs may be found at: https://rutgersaaup.org/wp-content/uploads/securepdfs/2021/04/Promotion-Tenure-Webinar-Slides-2021.pdf

  1. When does OTEAR generate my faculty teaching grid?
    1. Promotions to/within the tenure ranks  Teaching grids will be distributed in August
    2. Reappointments (3rd year tenure track) – Teaching grids will be distributed in October
    3. NTT promotions/reappointments (proposed rank of Associate or equivalent) – Teaching grids will be distributed in December
  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://academiclaborrelations.rutgers.edu/
Committee Assignments: https://fas.camden.rutgers.edu/committee-assignments/
FASC Faculty Affairs website: https://fas.camden.rutgers.edu/faculty/faculty-resources/faculty-affairs/
AAUP-AFT Union Website: https://www.rutgersaaup.org/
2022-2026 Faculty Union Contract: https://laborrelations.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/document/Executed%20AFT-BHSNJ%20MOA%20%2800486836xB0A50%29.PDF


Suneeta Ramaswami
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Phone:  (856) 225-6439
Email:  rsuneeta@camden.rutgers.edu

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

Tin Lam
Faculty Survey Administrator
Phone: 848-932-7350
Email:  tlam@irap.rutgers.edu