Tenure Review  - Dean Calsbeek

FHB 7.3.1 Preamble: The Theological Context of Tenure

Academic tenure at Northwestern College is defined as a covenant between two parties with mutual responsibilities. The faculty member pledges to adhere to the commitment of the college; Northwestern College pledges to maintain quality liberal arts education, within the Christian perspective, as stated in its educational goals. 

As a Christian college, Northwestern College recognizes that all decisions regarding personnel must be made with love and justice. When a professor is successful, it is the happy duty of the members of the college family to offer commendation and recognition... By the same token, the demands of love and justice call for the college to make available to its students the best education possible and to deal honestly and forthrightly with a professor in assessment of individual performance, for the professor's own sake as well as for others. 

FHB 7.3.2 The Principle of Tenure at Northwestern College

The granting of tenure means that the college formally endorses the professor's competency in meeting the standards and expectations of the college. Tenure implies that the college has confidence that the professor meets and will continue to meet the standards of the profession.

While tenure enhances academic freedom, the main reason for Northwestern's practice of granting tenure is that the college desires to secure and retain a faculty with a high level of achievement in Christian scholarship and teaching. The college offers tenure as an inducement to quality professors to develop loyal and long-standing ties to the college. 

Tenure is accorded to those professors who have demonstrated their worth to the college during a sufficiently long period of time and who give satisfactory evidence of being able to meet and adapt to the continuing and changing needs of the college for the duration of their careers. Tenure provides an incentive to excellence on the part of all non-tenured professors and since the granting of tenure demonstrates the approval and confidence of the college, it may reasonably expect that the tenured professor will reciprocate with the full commitment of ability and energy to the goals of the college.

Northwestern College rejects the concept of a tenure quota either for a discipline or for the total faculty. Tenure shall be awarded to all those who are regarded as strong permanent additions to the faculty.

 

Kindly fill in the following form and, where necessary, offer your rationale for the decision made.

Tenure review

Date
Date
I. TERMINAL DEGREE
Yes, professor has completed a terminal degree
2. TEACHING (FHB 7.1.3.5.1)
LEARNER FOCUSED TEACHING
• challenges and inspires students to learn by creating relationships and environments where the excitement and joys of learning are regularly experienced • challenges students with high expectations for learning • stimulates students by showing interest in them and their learning • encourages interaction both within and outside of the classroom
INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY
• communicates clearly • uses a variety of instructional methodologies • assignments and exams are evaluated returned in a timely manner with appropriate constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
• learned experiences are designed, sequenced, and presented in ways that enhance student learning • course content has appropriate depth and breadth • course content reflects current knowledge and practices in the discipline
INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND LEARNING
• leads students to understand and seek out meaningful ways to integrate faith and learning as appropriate to the course and to the discipline
COURSE MANAGEMENT
• academic alerts, grades, and other forms are submitted when due
SUMMARY - TEACHING
3. SCHOLARSHIP (FHB 7.1.3.5.2, and FHB 6.2.2 Evaluation of Scholarly and Equivalent Productivity)
SCHOLARSHIP - ENGAGEMENT
• demonstrates familiarity with the current literature in the field • participates in and contributes to appropriate professional organizations
SCHOLARSHIP - DISSEMINATION
• makes meaningful contributions to the field through presentations, publications, exhibits, and/or performances to professional groups and external audiences
SUMMARY - SCHOLARSHIP
4. SERVICE
STUDENT RECRUITING AND ADVISING
• effective partnership with the Admissions department in student recruiting • mastery in knowledgeable, caring advising
DEPARTMENTAL GOVERNANCE
• effective participation in the activities of the department including department meetings, the development and assessment of student learning outcomes, curricular planning, and other tasks assigned by the department chair
INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE
• regular attendance at faculty meetings • effective participation in campus governance through committee work or equivalent assignments
SUMMARY - SERVICE (either Scholarship or Service must be at Accomplished)
5. ACTIVE CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT
MATURING FAITH
• commitment to Christ which is personal, active, and life-impacting
PARTICIPATION IN AREA CHURCH
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLEGE EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS
• has healthy relationships with colleagues • is able to work with and relate to other college employees in a manner which reflects respect, cooperation, and a servant-minded attitude • has healthy relationships with students • is able to work with and relate to students in a manner which reflects respect and care
MEMBERSHIP IN LOCAL CHURCH
SUMMARY - ACTIVE CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT
6. TENURE PAPER
Demonstration of a mature integration of faith and the discipline.
CONCEPT: The project will present the faculty member’s understanding of how Christian faith relates to the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of their department. The project cannot -- and should not attempt to -- touch on every point of contact between Christianity and the department; rather, it may explore the philosophical and theoretical foundations in the field by focusing, for example, on a significant issue or the work of a particular scholar as it illustrates the intersection of faith and scholarly study. The project will demonstrate the faculty member’s familiarity with the academic literature on the department’s relation to the Christian faith and articulate their effort to address the issue, problem, or question raised by the project. Projects focusing on pedagogical technique or ethical applications are not appropriate. FORM: Tenure candidates may choose to present a project in academic essay or some other form. For forms other than the academic essay, the Faculty Status Committee must be consulted well ahead of time. In this case, candidates will be required to submit an accompanying essay explaining and interpreting the primary submission. The tenure project is to be an original work of sufficient size to accomplish the goals of the project. In most cases, 6000 to 12,000 words should suffice for a tenure paper, 3000 to 6000 words for the explanatory essay accompanying a tenure project which takes a different form. The work should not have been previously published, although candidates may draw on previously written material in order to articulate their current perspective.
7. PROFESSORIAL RANK
Has the Professor attained the rank of Professor (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)
CONCLUSION OF TENURE REVIEW
TENURE RECOMMENDATION: *
FHB 7.3.3.2 Non-Appointment to Tenure A. Any of the following shall be deemed permissible reasons for non-appointment to tenure: 1. The lack of fulfillment of any of the requirements for tenure (FHB 7.3.3.1). 2. Performance and qualifications which, although not unsatisfactory in terms of the qualifications for tenure, will not enable the college to achieve its intended educational objectives and standards. 3. Changes or anticipated changes in the institution's academic program, such as the dropping of a major, a non-major program or a career concentration or the decrease of enrollment in a given program.