The last step in the tenure review process (from my end) is the approval of the Procedure section of the report. By rule, the ad hoc committee sends the candidate a copy of the section describing what they did in the course of the review (with the names removed), and the candidate gets a chance to respond.
I’m not quite sure what I would object to in this, as it’s a really sketchy outline of what they did, most of which is directly determined by the official procedures spelled out in the faculty manual. It’s a part of the process, though, so I read it over, and sent my official acceptance in this morning.
If you’re curious about what’s involved, here’s a condensed version:
- They read the file box full of research and teaching materials that I gave them in September.
- They found three people at other institutions to review my published work, and a fourth to come to campus and look at my lab.
- They interviewed the eight other faculty in the department who are on campus, and got a letter from the one person on sabbatical.
- They got letters from the chairs of the college committees that I served on, plus one unsolicited letter from an administrator about my interaction with students (which sounds ominous, phrased that way, but I also got a copy of the letter, and it was good).
- They interviewed twenty current students chosen from my class rosters by a random algorithm, and received letters from three recent alumni.
Whatever you might think of the tenure process generally, you can’t say they’re not thorough.
And now, all I can do is wait. I hate waiting.