Tenure Timeline: Fourth (Application) Year

 Deadlines

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 October 15 FETs submit recommendation for/against conferral  Each FET reviews the candidate’s cumulative self-evaluation and student evaluations and submits the following to the candidate and division chair: 1) copies of the third-year summative evaluations, and
2) a formal recommendation for or against the conferral of tenure, with supporting reasoning.
 November 15 Division Chair submits recommendation for/against conferral  The division chair reviews the candidate’s cumulative self-evaluation, student evaluations, and FET evaluations and submits the following to the candidate: 1) a formal evaluation of the candidate’s qualification for tenure based on duties outlined in the Teaching Focus Policy, and 2) a formal recommendation for or against conferral of tenure.
 December 1 Division Chair meets with candidate  The division chair meets with the candidate to discuss the formal evaluation and recommendation. 
 December 20 Candidate collates and submits tenure portfolio to Tenure Committee

The candidate collates and forwards to the Tenure Committee a portfolio including:
· Copies of all FET and division chair formative observation reports for the entire probationary period
· Copies of all student evaluation summaries for the entire probationary period
· All FET and division chair summative evaluations
· All FET and division chair formal recommendations for or against conferral of tenure
· The candidate’s cumulative written self-evaluation.

February 15 Tenure Committee submits recommendations The Tenure Committee submits its written recommendation for or against tenure to the candidate, the division chair, the vice president for instruction (VPI) and the president.
March 1 & 15 VPI & President make recommendations The VPI submits recommendation for or against tenure to the president, and by March 15, the president completes his/her recommendation.
Next Board Meeting President forwards recommendations to Board of Trustees The president forwards the Tenure Committee’s, the VPI’s, and the president’s recommendations to the board of trustees for their next scheduled meeting. At the board’s request, the candidate’s portfolio will be forwarded by the president for their review.
April 30 President notifies candidate of board decision The president notifies the candidate in writing of the Board’s decision. Tenure begins the fall semester following approval.


* This timeline is a quick guide to tenure & evaluation procedures. Please consult NIC Policies and Procedures for full descriptions and/or to clarify any questions.