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4.20 / Post-Tenure Review for Faculty

The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy regarding a post-tenure review process for tenured faculty.

Kansas Board of Regents policy requires that each state university implement a plan to supplement its annual faculty evaluation system to assist faculty members with identifying opportunities that will enable them to reach their full potential for contribution to the university.   

Policy Statement:
In accordance with the Kansas Board of Regents Policy, Chapter II, C.8d(iv), post-tenure reviews of all tenured faculty members shall be conducted at five-year intervals, with the first review to take place five years after tenure is awarded. All of the faculty evaluation aspects of this Post-Tenure Review Policy will be conducted in accordance with the applicable section of the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual. The following guidelines shall apply: 

The post-tenure review shall be based upon an evaluation of the materials submitted by the faculty member for the previous five annual Faculty Performance Evaluations. Based on a review of these materials, the faculty member's current academic supervisor shall provide an assessment of the faculty member's performance over the past five years in each area of the faculty member's responsibility. The faculty member shall be given a copy of the academic supervisor's evaluation. 

After completing the Review, the department academic supervisor must select one of the following three outcomes:

1.      The faculty member's overall performance meets expectations and no further action is necessary. 

2.      The faculty member's overall performance does not meet expectations in two of the past four annual evaluations, and remediation is recommended in accordance with Section 4.31 of the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual. The faculty member may request a review of the recommendation to be conducted as specified in Section4.27. 

3.      The faculty member's overall performance does not meet expectations in three of the last five annual evaluations, and the academic supervisor, in conjunction with the Dean, may recommend to the Provost that the Performance Related Dismissal Policy, of the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual be invoked. 

This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The Provost shall have primary responsibility for publication and implementation of this University policy.

Effective Date:
November 1, 2013

Revision Date:
April 9, 2018

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