The School of Information has a structured program of review and assistance for all new appointments at the Assistant Professor level that reach their third year of service. The program receives oversight by the Associate Dean.
The Faculty Mentor
When an Assistant Professor is appointed, a senior, tenured (usually a Full Professor) is assigned to work as a mentor with the person. The mentor is chosen to match the needs and interests of the Assistant Professor. In some cases the match is based upon similarity in research interests. In other cases it is based upon the mentor having writing, specialized research or fund development skills.
The Third Year Review
A third year review of all Assistant Professors is conducted by a sub-committee appointed by the School's Executive Committee. Faculty members who are to be evaluated will be notified at least 12 months prior to their reviews and will be provided with guidelines in effect with any subsequent applicable changes. The review covers the criteria that will be used in promotion consideration, as described in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (3.17), including scholarly progress in research and publication, teaching, development of a funded research program, community and university service and recognitions. The review is submitted in writing to the Executive Committee and then provided to the Assistant Professor with advice. The review is intended to be "a mid-course correction." If areas of neglect are identified, corrective suggestions are made. If progress is satisfactory in the criteria areas, the Assistant Professor is advised to continue the progress. In some instances highly meritorious performance is identified and recommendations are made for early consideration of recommendation for promotion and tenure. The Executive Committee reviews the general evaluation of each faculty member under review, and its recommendations are forwarded to the Dean who makes the final decision on their progress. The faculty member may provide a written response to the final evaluation. The third year review becomes a helpful resource in the ultimate consideration for promotion and tenure.