Assistant professors should regularly document and collect material to support their tenure review. This will be the basis of a tenure “dossier.” Generally organized in sections for research, teaching, extension, and service, professors should file published work, drafts of papers and presentations, proposals for new projects; syllabi, assignments, teaching resources, and teaching evaluations, both formal and informal; letters and emails assigning the professor to committees, white papers or memos that show the result of the work done in shared governance, letters from professional organizations; evidence of honors or awards, and so on. Gathering this material regularly will reduce the burden to assemble the dossier when it’s time for the tenure review.
Generally in the year before tenure review, the department chair will meet with the assistant professor to discuss what work needs to be done to prepare the dossier. Using material the assistant professor provides and departmental records, the review committee and department chair will assemble the dossier. Usually in the 2nd semester of the year before tenure review, the chair will send examples of the assistant professor’s work to external reviewers who write a confidential letter to be included in the dossier.
Sample dossiers are available for review in the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty. Please contact the Divisional Committees Coordinator Michaela Aust to request an appointment.