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Post Tenure Review

Department of Social Work

The tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the Department of Social Work have developed this post-tenure review document to reflect minimum standards of acceptable performance for tenured faculty members. While the merit evaluation procedures used in the College of Education and Human Service professions and the Department Statement of Standards for Tenure/Promotion were consulted in the development of this document, post tenure review is considered a separate and distinct process.

The Department of Social Work has identified minimum standards for post tenure review in the areas of teaching, research, and service. It is expected that faculty members will meet or exceed these minimum standards or request in advance a change in work assignment through established collegiate procedures, which may result in a reweighing of work activity. The Department of Social Work encourages tenured faculty to pursue work assignments that are beneficial both to the member, at her/his current stage of professional development, and to the department.

It is the expectation of the tenured faculty in the Department of Social Work that they will participate collectively in applying the post tenure standards to tenured faculty performance and make recommendations to the Dean during the review periods established by union contract.



Tenured faculty will effectively teach and advise social work students so that they will develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to serve effectively as professional social workers upon completion of course work.



  • Faculty will provide students with comprehensive, up-to-date course syllabi as indicated by the inclusion of goals and objectives, up-to-date information and resources, appropriate course requirements, and appropriate evaluation methods.
  • Faculty will have a cumulative average of 3.5 (mean of all items on a six-point scale) on teaching evaluations for the three most recent courses that are required under union contract to be evaluated.
  • Faculty will engage in program planning with their advisees
  • Faculty will advise a "fair share" of Plan B Students as the primary reader during a given academic year, unless otherwise released from this responsibility.
  • Faculty who are field liaisons will completed all of their initial field contract meetings, midyear evaluations, and final field evaluations.




Tenured faculty will continue to conduct research that appears in national literature and/or which meets the needs of local and regional social service agencies.



  • Completion of one major research or scholarly products in a two-year period.


Examples of products of work include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • submission to referred journal (does not need to be accepted for publication)
  • book chapters
  • monographs
  • internal or external grant
  • paper presentations
  • conference proceedings
  • research reports
  • computer software or media products
  • program evaluation reports




Tenured faculty will contribute to a positive, collaborative working/learning climate for faculty, staff, and students; assume their fair share of departmental maintenance responsibilities; and provide service to the college and university.



  • Faculty will complete their fair share of department tasks as assigned to them by the Department Head in collaboration with the faculty.
  • Faculty will agree to be a member of at least one college or university committee each year (this willingness to serve does not necessarily mean actual service since there may be some years when the department will not need every tenured faculty member to serve on a college, campus, or university committee).




Tenured faculty will share their specialized expertise and/or leadership talents with community groups and organizations (e.g., human service organizations) in furtherance of the mission and values of Social Work.


Faculty will be expected to do at least one of the following each year:


  • serve as a member of the board of directors or member of a major standing committee of an organization that furthers Social Work values (possibly, although not necessarily, a traditional professional organization);
  • actively participate on a task force, review panel, or comparable group which addresses issues related to the professional mission of Social Work;
  • serve as a consultant to a community human service agency or other group agency that advances Social Work values;
  • lend their expertise to human service organizations or other groups furthering Social Work values in roles other than those mentioned in "a" through "c";
  • serve as an editor, a member of the editorial board, or a referee for a professional journal or other publication that furthers the professional mission of social work.
  • serve as a panel member or moderator, a workshop leader, or a member of the planning committee for a professional conference and/or meeting (or other community conferences and/or meetings that further Social Work’s professional mission).