Transparency of all processes, including promotion and tenure, is critical for promoting diversity and equity. It is imperative for a diverse community that all regulations are made explicit and are easily accessible on websites and communicated through other means. The starting point for basic information about the promotion and tenure process, committee formation, and other basic operations are spelled out in the faculty handbook.
In addition, all colleges and most units are required to have their own versions of the faculty handbook that explain rules dictated at these levels. All schools and colleges should have explicit guidelines for the promotion and tenure process and timelines, leave policies, and service and teaching expectations. Moreover, it is recommended that all of this information should be relayed to junior faculty on multiple occasions, through presentations, and meetings with chairs and mentors to insure equal access to school policies.
The ADVANCE Program professors will continue working with the Deans and School Chairs to provide open information about School operations, such as committee assignments, buyout policies, and leave policy (e.g., medical, faculty development leave, active service/modified duties).
The desired outcomes outlined in the EDEI include:
- All faculty are aware of the RP&T procedures in their units.
- Guidelines within Schools or Colleges regarding professional/medical leaves articulated to faculty.
- Information about committee assignments and rules for formation is available.