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Does your institution have sound criteria for counting and evaluating publicly engaged philosophical work for the purposes of tenure and/or promotion?  Please submit any relevant information here.

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Check out the by-lawsof the Philosophy and Religion Studies Department at the University of North Texas.


Here is the relevant section:


VII. Criteria for Tenure and Promotion:

The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies

at the University of North Texas recognizes that the tenure-and-promotion process itself

embodies a wide range of philosophic questions and assumptions—epistemological, political,

and ethical. The nature and use of knowledge are themselves changing today; our challenge is to

identify standards for tenure and promotion which are both rigorous and flexible in nature, and

which match the diverse nature of our disciplines and the world at large.

Tenure and promotion in the Department involve evaluation in four areas of accomplishment:

research and scholarship, teaching, service, and collegiality. Broadly speaking, research is of

primary importance, teaching somewhat less, and service less still. While important, collegiality

counts as the least of the four criteria, once the mid-term (third-year) evaluation has occurred.


Research and scholarship are broadly understood as the creation of new knowledge, including

the synergistic recovery and/or synthesis of existing knowledge, disseminated through various

media such as print, film, electronic publication, and substantive web design. Teaching is


The College of Arts and Sciences forms for both the mid-term evaluation and the evaluation of candidates for

promotion to tenure include the following check-off regarding collegiality: “So far as can be determined, the above

faculty member does/does not understand the nature of membership in a community of scholars, adheres to high

standards of integrity and professional ethics, has the ability and desire to work as a member of a group while

retaining all rights of individual expression, and feels a sense of responsibility for the well-being of the University of

North Texas and a commitment to work for the accomplishment of its goals.”


broadly understood as the transmission of knowledge to and the cultivation of research and

scholarship skills in students. Service is broadly understood as contributions to the enabling

infrastructure for the creation, dissemination, and transmission of knowledge, including faculty

self-governance at the departmental, collegiate, and university levels; service to regional,

national, and international professional societies; service to the infrastructure for the

dissemination of knowledge, such as to publishers of books and journals; and service to various

lay communities. Collegiality is broadly understood to consist in facilitating and not hindering

the research/scholarship, teaching, and service of other members of the academic community,

broadly understood to include the department, college, university, professoriate, and profession.

Recommendations for promotion and/or tenure before the sixth year of employment at UNT will

be restricted to exceptional cases.

The granting of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor is not a reward for work produced

during the period of probationary employment at UNT. Rather, it is an expression of confidence

that the tenured Associate Professor will continue to meet or exceed the criteria for promotion

and tenure in perpetuity.


Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

1. Research and Scholarship: The Department considers a wide variety of accomplishments to

contribute to the bid for tenure, including but not limited to single-authored books, co-authored

books, edited or co-edited volumes, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, journal

editing, translations, establishing an academic center, audio and video productions, web pages

with significant scholarly content, and other new media—all herein after referred to as “work

produced.” Generally speaking, the Department seeks to promote interdisciplinary

collaborations of all types, and will weigh interdisciplinary work produced in any of the above

areas equally with intra-disciplinary work produced in the disciplines of philosophy and religion

studies. Progress toward such accomplishments as these will be examined at the mid-term

(three-year) evaluation and untenured faculty will be advised accordingly.

Recognizing that research and scholarship today take a wide variety of forms, the Department

has developed an evaluation system that converts all such activity into a common numerical

measure (VIII). Given the deficiencies of converting qualities into quantities, the Department

will use this evaluation system with discretion, with the Chair and Departmental PAC retaining

the prerogative to interpret its results.

Candidates for tenure will therefore be encouraged to seek clarification from the Chair and the

PAC concerning appropriate kinds and numbers of works produced. Keeping in mind that

quality can trump quantity, as regards publications or other media for the dissemination of new

knowledge, the applicant for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure should average one to

two refereed journal articles or chapters in books per year or the equivalent thereof, for a total of

nine over the UNT six-year probationary period. Work produced at other institutions will also be

considered, but the emphasis will be placed upon work accomplished while at UNT. Candidates

must demonstrate a sustained trend of scholarly achievements toward establishing a national

reputation in their field.

The publication of a single-authored book will be deemed the equivalent of five articles.

Promotion and tenure will depend upon the Department's appraisal of the quality and quantity of

the work produced as it relates to the candidate’s research interests. Participation in refereed


conferences and as an invited speaker will also be considered in the tenure review process, as

will substantive scholarly contributions to the creating of documentaries, web pages, and other

new media.

With a view to the Departmental focus on interdisciplinary activity, the Department expects that

candidates for tenure and promotion will also pursue sponsored research with agencies such as

the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for

the Humanities, and/or other funding sources, public or private as appropriate. Finally, the

Department recognizes and will take into account the fact that candidates for tenure and

promotion differ; a candidate, for example, who joined the Department shortly after graduate

school may not be as advanced in his or her research and scholarship as another, who may have

been employed for several years at another institution of higher learning. The Department takes

particularly seriously its responsibility to mentor candidates who fall into the former category.

2. Teaching: The statistical teaching performance of the candidate for promotion and tenure

should be around or above the Departmental average. There should also be favorable written

student evaluations. Both kinds of evaluation will be viewed in conjunction with the candidate’s

grading policies and outcomes, to insure that high ratings are not influenced by grade inflation.

In the event that the candidate receives low marks as a teacher from student evaluations, he or

she may request that other Core Faculty visit his or her classes as an additional means of

determining the quality of his or her teaching.

3. Service: During the probationary period, service to the Department, College, and University

should be kept to a minimum, to permit the probationary faculty member adequate time to

develop research/scholarship interests and teaching skills. Because the Department's graduate

program is focused on the connections between philosophic reflection or the study of religion

and the larger world, and may for that reason involve the faculty member in significant service

activities, such activities may, when deemed appropriate by the Chair and the PAC, count as the

equivalent of part or all of the research/scholarship requirements for tenure and promotion to

Associate Professor. Such activities might include, for example, significant involvement in

journal editing and large interdisciplinary projects aimed at applying philosophy within the

context of other scholarly, scientific, and professional disciplines.


Promotion to Professor:

Candidates for Professor must demonstrate proficiency in research

and scholarship, teaching, and service and must also demonstrate commitment to the university's

community of scholars. Achievement in all areas must be accompanied by an emphasis on

research and teaching which is proportionately greater than that necessary for promotion to

Associate Professor. In no cases will excellence in research be construed as a substitute for the

demonstration of adequate teaching performance. In no cases will excellence in teaching or

service be construed as a substitute for proficiency in research and scholarship.

The candidate for promotion to Professor is expected to have continued to meet and exceed the

standards required for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. The candidate is expected to

have published a single-authored book or its equivalent in the form of other media for the

dissemination of knowledge. Substitutes may include an average of two or more refereed journal

articles or chapters in books per year or its equivalent, two or more edited books, a significant

book-length translation with appropriate scholarly interpretation and apparatus, significant

activity in journal editing, the creation of documentaries, interdisciplinary projects in philosophy

or religion studies, published works of fiction with significant philosophical content, and the

creation of web pages with significant intellectual academic content. Regular participation in


conferences, workshops, and other scholarly meetings, as well as invited lectures to other

colleges and universities, is expected as indications of the candidate’s regional and national

reputation and of his or her contribution to research and scholarship.

The candidate should have participated effectively in Departmental, College, and University

service, including, for example, Departmental, College, and University committees, terms as

DUGS or DGS and STA/TF, or other comparable activities as may from time to time be required

by the Department, College, or University. Significant participation in regional, national, and

international organizations related to the candidate's specialty will also be favorably considered.


Tenure and Promotion Procedures

: The College of Arts and Sciences provides guidelines

and timelines for the submission of tenure and promotion files. The files will be assembled by

the PAC in consultation with the candidates for tenure and/or promotion. The PAC will review

the files and submit a report recommending for or against tenuring and/or promoting the

candidate to (a) the tenured faculty of the department (in the case of tenure and promotion to

Associate Professor) or (b) the Full Professors of the department (in the case of promotion to Full

Professor) for a vote of these constituencies. Revisions will be made by the PAC if necessary to

ensure that the recommendation reflects the view of voting members. The PAC will then submit

the recommendation to the department Chair, who will make an independent report. The Chair

will make the Chair’s report available to the PAC, and if necessary meet with the PAC to reach

an accord. Both recommendations, including their justificatory narrative, will be forwarded to

the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, together with an indication of the vote of these



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