Brigham Young University granted five faculty members from the McKay School Department of Teacher Education continuing faculty status (CFS) and rank advancement, often referred to as tenure and promotion.
“We worked really hard to try and adjust to the rising bar to make tenure and promotion,” said Department of Teacher Education Chair Michael Tunnell. “I’m certainly pleased we fared so well. We worked hard to help faculty members prepare to make it through the process.”
Terrell Young, whose teaching interest is children’s literature, and who came to BYU as a full professor, was granted CFS. The following individuals received associate professorship and CFS: Ramona Cutri, Erika Feinauer, Melissa Newberry, and Erin Whiting.
“You think you know where you are going, but you aren’t really sure,” Newberry said about the tenure-track process. “Things have really changed in higher education about what will make you successful or not. There is a lot of critique. It’s not an endeavor for the faint-hearted. It is taxing emotionally and intellectually.”
The advancement process begins when an individual has been a faculty member for three years. During a third-year review, the department, college, and university administration evaluate the candidate’s performance in three areas: scholarship, teaching, and citizenship. In the scholarship category, sometimes acknowledged as the most critical component, published work and research projects in the candidate’s discipline and areas of expertise are scrutinized. For teaching, candidates are judged by a variety of criteria, including student and peer evaluations. Teaching materials created by the candidate are also considered. For citizenship purposes, service on committees within the university and in one’s broader academic community is considered, as well as service to colleagues.
When the six-year review occurs, candidates submit another dossier documenting their accomplishments and progress. The administration then decides whether to award continuing faculty status (CFS) and advancement to associate professor. A candidate who does not receive associate professorship may be granted an extension or terminated from employment.
Five years after receiving CFS and associate professorship, an individual is eligible to petition for full professorship.
Writer: Fran Djoukeng
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