Last week’s Think, Know, Prove was about suggestions for goals for local and district wide Faculty Council, inspired, so to speak, by the report to the board of the outgoing Faculty Council President. In that discussion, a few suggestions were made, including some related to revisions to the Tenure Process.
Then, Faculty Council got this from the FC4 secretary last week:
Faculty Council has been made aware of several inequities in the tenure process such as the revocation of prior approval for courses and projects. We have reported these concerns to the Office of Academic Affairs.
The Vice Chancellor’s office has asked faculty council to compile a list of these and any other concerns and to make recommendations on how they can be avoided in the future. Please note that we have not been asked to propose any major changes to the process. We have only been asked to suggest ways in which the administration of the current process can be improved.
We asking local faculty councils to relay this request to newly tenured faculty who have recently gone through the tenure process and ask them to send me their comments.
I’m not sure why proposals for “major changes” are seemingly discouraged in the second paragraph (if they ask for suggestions, why not give them major ones and hope that they’ll make at least some incremental ones? I guess I don’t understand district level politics well enough), but whatever.
Any suggestions from you who have “recently gone through the tenure process?” Anything else that wasn’t covered last week? Last call–who knows if or when they’ll ever ask for input on this topic again..speak now if you have something to say!