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Tenure Process for Chairs


Tenure decisions involve a thorough review of a Faculty member’s performance and contributions to the College. Final decisions on Tenure are the purview of the Rhode Island Board of Governors. Since tenure decisions involve long-term financial commitments by the State of Rhode Island, the Board of Governors take their responsibilities for approving such recommendations quite seriously. They expect to see a substantial record of review and analysis for each candidate.

Chair’s Role: The Department Chairs play a critical role in evaluating a Faculty member’s worthiness for tenure. Department Chairs should understand that effective instruction is critical to their department’s success and currency.

The Department Chair is also required to complete a thorough analysis in a narrative form of a Faculty Member’s request before forwarding the packet to the appropriate Dean. These criteria include: teaching effectiveness and CCRI contributions/history which includes advisement, participation in College and departmental activities, relationship with colleagues and professional growth and development.

  • An incomplete review by a Department Chair may result in the Faculty Member’s name being withdrawn for consideration during the current round of review.

Reviewers at each level may request additional information. If the requested materials are not submitted on or before the stated due date at each level of review, it may be necessary to withdraw the Faculty member’s name from the current round of review.

When the packet is complete, submit it to your Dean on or before the deadline date.

Required Attachments:

Faculty Tenure Departmental Report Form
Faculty Tenure Checklist

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