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Texas Tech University Approves Revisions to Tenure and Promotion Policies

Robert Snyder,

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents has approved revisions to the university’s promotion and tenure standards. New provisions take into account not only research incentives, but also student outcome and commercialization.

The updated policy is intended to, among other things, clarify procedures to be taken when preparing and evaluating promotion or tenure applications. Criteria that is considered in the process is also clarified.



Other revisions to OP 32.01 Promotion and Tenure Standards and Procedures include:

  • Having uniform adoption of third-year review procedures
  • Requiring annual faculty reports and third-year reviews as part of the dossier
  • Including peer evaluations of teaching, at least annually, for tenure-track faculty
  • Documenting the effectiveness of student learning outcomes
  • Documenting outcomes of faculty members’ participation in study abroad and undergraduate research, where applicable
  • Documenting faculty members’ contribution to outreach and engagement
  • Considering intellectual property as faculty contributions to research and creative activity
  • Emphasizing the generation of external funding, as appropriate, depending on faculty members’ research and initial appointment
  • Having external expert reviewers from Texas Tech peer and aspirant-peer institutions
  • Offering provisions for early applications for tenure
  • Requiring electronic submission of dossiers
  • Specifying the role of the Vice President for Research in the Provost’s review of dossiers

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