Beyond annual administrative review, Board of Regents policy requires that each institution establish procedures to formally evaluate tenured faculty each five years; to provide recommendations recognizing and supporting effective performance; and to provide development strategies for areas of inadequate performance. Board of Regents policy further states: The purpose of post-tenure review "will be to examine, recognize and enhance the performance of tenured faculty members . . . focus on identifying opportunities for faculty that will enable them to reach their full potential in service to their institution . . . and to ensure that their performance meets the expectations and needs of the institution . . ." (104.0201).
The purpose of post-tenure review at the University of West Georgia is to review faculty every five years after the award of tenure and to yield accurate and useful information that will support high achievement among faculty and promote their continued professional development. Directed toward career development, this review is designed to provide a longer term perspective than is usually provided by the annual review. Post-tenure review provides both retrospective and prospective reviews of performance, taking into account that a faculty member probably will have different emphases at different points in his or her career. It is to be directed toward career development and to provide the perspective of multiple years of accomplishments and plans for development (104.0202).
The English department affirms that post-tenure review should encourage and support active, collegial engagement with the department and the university and a continuing high level of achievement commensurate with the faculty member's current rank.
Criteria for Post-Tenure Review
Criteria to be utilized in conducting post-tenure review shall be fair and reasonable expectations consistent with the criteria and standards used in other reviews of faculty related to teaching, professional growth and development, and service to the institution. The weights or percentages given to different areas may differ according to the faculty member's professional role, rank and established goals, and any applicable college or university-wide policies. The criteria must be sufficiently flexible to accommodate faculty with differing responsibilities, to recognize that faculty members may contribute in different ways to the institution's mission over time, and to consider the cumulative impact of the faculty member's career as well as his or her performance during the previous five years. Criteria governing post-tenure review must not infringe on the accepted standards of academic freedom of faculty (104.0204).