RUL 05.68.03 – Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Post Tenure Review Standards and Procedures

Authority: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: November 16, 2009.  Last Revised: July 29, 2016.

Related Policies:
UNC Policy 400.3.3 – Performance Review of Tenured Faculty

NCSU POL05.20.01 – Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure
NCSU REG05.20.04 – Post Tenure Review of Faculty
NCSU REG05.20.27 – Statements of Mutual Expectations
NCSU REG 05.20.10 – Evaluation of Teaching

Additional References:
Office of the Provost RPT Website
College and Department RPT Rules

NC State Guide on Peer Review of Teaching

Contact Info:  Department Head (919-515-3107)

  1. INTRODUCTION

This rule describes the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ standards and procedures for post tenure review of faculty.  It is supplemental to and consistent with the NC State University Academic Tenure Policy and Regulation on Post Tenure Review of Faculty.

  1. STANDARDS FOR “MEETS EXPECTATIONS” REVIEW

Standards for Associate Professor

For Associate Professors to receive a “meets expectations” they need to perform at an acceptable level as defined in their Statement of Mutual Expectations.

Standards for Professor

For Professors to receive a “meets expectations” they need to perform at an acceptable level as defined in their Statement of Mutual Expectations.

  1. STANDARDS FOR EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

The faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) perform at an exceptionally high level and it is expected that a faculty member will be at the top of their field.  For a faculty member to “exceed expectations” for their current review, they would need to win a top nationally or internationally known award or other similar level of achievement during the previous five years.  For ARE, such awards could include being named a “Fellow” of a professional association; receiving a university or professional association award for Teaching, Advising,  or Extension Programs; receiving a national or professional association award for a publication; or being named a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor or another named professorship.

The recommendation and use of “exceeds” expectations will be reserved for only the most exceptional performance.

  1. PROCEDURES

4.1 Post Tenure Review Committee (PTRC) Selection

The Post Tenure Review Committee (PTRC) will consist of all tenured, full professors in the department. A subcommittee of the PTRC will be responsible for conducting the initial periodic comprehensive review by peers for each tenured faculty in the department. Each subcommittee may have five members.

Each PTRC subcommittee shall be comprised of 3 to 5 departmental faculty members, as follows:

  1. The three elected rotating members of the subcommittee.
  2. The subject of the review may select one departmental full professor.
  3. The subject’s administrative supervisor may select one departmental full professor.

The three rotating members of the PTRC subcommittee shall be elected for three‑year terms from the Full Professors of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics by the tenured faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  The initial PTRC subcommittee shall be elected in September 1999 with one member serving for one year, one member serving for two years, and one member serving for three years.  The member with the one-year term is the chair of the full PTRC. In following years, one new member will be elected in September to replace the retiring PTRC subcommittee member, and the chair of the committee will be the member serving in his/her final year of service.  Efforts will be made to elect members who are not likely to undergo a comprehensive review during the three-year term of service.  However, any member is recused from serving on the subcommittee if he or she is to undergo a comprehensive review in that year.  All three elected members of the subcommittee will share the chairs of the individual faculty review teams.  The deliberations and reports of all participants will be treated in a confidential manner.

4.2  Post Tenure Review Committee Operations

4.2.1  Meeting Schedule

Each year the elected subcommittee members will meet in January to establish a realistic schedule for all reviews scheduled for that year and to secure the membership for each individual subcommittee.

4.2.2 Determination of Results

Comprehensive evaluations of tenured faculty are not automatic. In addition to contributions in the areas of teaching, research, extension/outreach, and service consideration may be given to professional background, experience, assigned duties and time in rank.

In the areas of teaching, research, extension, and service, the following criteria will serve as general standards for evaluation of contributions by a candidate for promotion, tenure, and comprehensive review of tenured faculty.

  1. A candidate demonstrates quality of teaching (encompassing both instruction and advising) by providing evidence of the following: the effective delivery of instruction to and the stimulation of learning by students and/or clients;  the continuous improvement of courses or instructional programs; the effective advising and mentoring of undergraduate and/or graduate students.
  2. A candidate demonstrates quality of research by providing evidence of: furthering of or original contributions to knowledge, either by discovery or application, resulting from the candidate’s research, and/or creative activities and productions that are related to the candidate’s discipline.
  3. A candidate demonstrates quality of extension/outreach by providing evidence of: contributions to the public that make use of the faculty member’s academic or professional expertise, and/or contributions to the welfare of the department, college, university, or profession.
  4. A candidate demonstrates quality of service to the department, college, university, profession or general public by providing evidence of: contributions to committees and tasks at any of these levels.  Administrative work, as well as elected faculty and professional roles, constitutes service work as well.  Contributions to the discipline through editorial activity, grant proposal review, and peer review of journals will also be considered as appropriate service activities.

4.3 Material Submitted by Faculty Member under Review

In addition to the materials required by REG 05.20.04, each faculty member will submit:

  1. Copies of Student Course/Instructor Teaching Evaluations (summarized by department head).
  2. A self-evaluation document prepared by the subject of the review.
  3. Any additional written material deemed appropriate by the subject of the review.
  4. Any additional written material deemed appropriate by the subject’s supervisor.

4.4 Departmental Post Tenure Review Schedule

Announcement of schedule by the Department Head/Chair.  Department Head/Chair informs faculty members to be reviewed.  Reviews are scheduled so as to occur on the 3rd anniversary of the initial tenured appointment or promotion for Assistant or Associate Professors, and, generally, on the 5thanniversary of appointment or promotion for Full Professors.  In some cases, initial reviews may be delayed so as to limit reviews in any single year to a reasonable number.  A tenured junior faculty should reschedule his/her comprehensive review to coincide with any promotion request.