Measuring Up Overlook

Measuring Up Overlook

From this panorama, you can view the major milestones you have traversed and consider the remaining portion of the tenure review process as applying to keep your job. Approach each evaluation cycle as an opportunity to showcase what you have accomplished. Use material from each evaluation as a benchmark for where you are in the tenure process and as an indication of where you need to go next.

These are the tools you can use to document your significant accomplishments:

Maintain a tenure file. Document your teaching, research, and service accomplishments. Keep your tenure file up to date, organized by semester and year. Do not wait until the end of the year to track down this information. As soon as you complete a project or receive an email, make note of it in your tenure file. Save everything you prepared for your reviews, as well as any written feedback you received after these reviews. If previous reviews have identified areas of concern, explain how you have addressed those areas. Sometimes, the university will require material from your evaluations as part of the tenure application. Avoid gaps in your record.

Build a professional tenure application and portfolio. The most time-consuming part of going up for tenure is the preparation of the tenure application and portfolio. Be prepared to spend the summer before your “tenure year” putting all your materials together. Be conscientious about preparing your materials to present your case in the best possible light and craft your materials to convey your unique contribution as a scholar.

Ask people to champion you. Throughout the tenure trek, cultivate relationships with powerful people who will advocate for you and influence decision makers. You may be asked to provide your department chair with a list of external evaluators for outside reviews. Select prominent people who are willing and able to speak highly about your abilities.