Updated Merit Policy
This updated merit policy was passed by the Academic Senate on 4/4/22. The updated merit policy goes into effect immediately. A fillable Word version is here.
This document may be included in the front of your PTRM portfolio or Annual Report Binder, to remind reviewers of the impacts of the COVID pandemic upon faculty work and lives during AY 2020-2021.
COVID Tenure Review Extension
Any tenure-track faculty employed at TU during the 2019-2020 academic year will automatically be granted a one-year tenure review extension upon written notification to the Department Chair and submitted to the Office of the Provost by the third Friday in April of the faculty member’s 5th year at TU. For example, for a faculty member whose appointment at TU began in AY2019-2020 the option to request a one-year tenure review extension would remain available up to AY2023-24.
First Year Tenure-Track Faculty Review
The UPTRM unanimously passed a motion, reviewed by the Academic Senate at its 10/17/19 meeting, supporting the Provost’s recommendation to modify the procedure for first year faculty review by eliminating the reappointment binder due in December. According to this recommendation: In lieu of a December binder submission and committee review, the department chair will review all relevant documentation for first-year faculty, including CV, teaching, and peer evaluations; meet with the candidate to discuss the review; and make a recommendation for reappointment or non-reappointment to the Department PTRM Committee. Should the Chair’s recommendation be for non-reappointment, the Department PTRM committee will convene to review the relevant documentation and vote in accordance with standard PTRM procedure and report the outcome no later than March 15. Chair and Department PTRM recommendations will advance to the College Dean. While this new policy is not included in the current ART document, this revised review process is a permanent change and will be the standard procedure moving forward, recorded in the ART document that is currently being revised. This flowchart may help clarify the process.
First Year Lecturer Review
Voting Procedures for Remote PTRM Deliberations
The Office of the Provost strongly recommends the use of TU’s Involved @ TU web-based program for all remote PTRM voting. Departments may use other means of voting and voting records so long as the ballot information and the balloting process follows that articulated in the Towson University Policy on Appointment, Rank and Tenure of Faculty. All ballots must collect the Faculty ID number. Any voting mechanism must be secure and allow for records retention in accordance with USM records retention policies. (Records Management) While it is NOT necessary to use the TU Ballot Summary, a paper copy of the electronic voting record, which includes a record of faculty ID numbers associated with each ballot, must be printed and kept on file per the ART policy.
The Department Summary Recommendation (DSR) forms must be completed with faculty signature acknowledging receipt of the department’s decision and be retained within the Department and College Dean’s office. If a department chooses it can forego the use of the DSR and use an email acknowledgment system, if the email acknowledgment is printed and retained. For Docusign Account Forms, see this link.
The functions of the UPTRM are:
A more complete set of duties is outlined in the UPTRM Duties and Responsibilities document.
|2021-2022||CHP & COFAC|
|2022-2023||COE & CLA|
|2023-2024||CBE & FCSM|
The University Promotion, Tenure, Retention, and Merit Committee shall be composed of six faculty members (elected in the university-wide spring election), one from each academic college, each at the rank of associate or full professor, not concurrently members of college promotion and tenure committees; one faculty Academic Senate representative (elected annually by the Academic Senate); the Provost or Provost’s representative ex officio and non-voting; and the Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity (or a representative of that office designated by the Vice President) ex officio and non-voting.
|Margherita Pampinela||Languages, Literatures & Cultures||CLA||2025|
|Joseph Kramer||Electronic Media & Film||COFAC||2025|
|TBD at September 2022 Academic Senate Meeting||
Academic Senate Representative
|Patricia Bradley, Vice President, OIIE||
Inclusion & Institutional Equity
Ex-officio & Non-Voting
|Laurie Mullen, Dean of COE||
Ex-officio & Non-Voting
The UPTRM Committee meets on the second Friday of each month at 10am (September-May).