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Modifications to RTP process for fall 2020

Given the challenges we continue to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our desire to mitigate the spread of the virus, this fall faculty will submit retention, tenure and promotion (RTP) files electronically and committee deliberations will be held virtually. This decision was made in consultation with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the AAUP.

Faculty will be given two extra weeks to digitize their materials, with support from the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) and Information Technology Services (ITS). In addition, options for voting, including secret ballots, and a process for secure uploads and document review will be made available to all committees. 

The timeline provided below retains typical review periods for all committees. College deans will have a two-week review period rather than the typical four-week period. The due dates for spring semester will remain the same.

RTP timeline for fall 2020

Sept. 18, Candidates submit full applications; external reviewer letters due

Sept. 25, Deadline for candidate’s file additions (Section 3.B.2)

Oct. 16, Committees send recommendations to candidate, academic unit chairs/directors, or deans in colleges without departments

Oct. 23, Membership of all college-wide and the University-wide appeals committees must be finalized

Oct. 30, Academic unit chairs/directors send recommendations to candidates and deans

Nov. 25, College-wide-review committees provide recommendations for tenure and/or promotion cases, with copy to all concerned

Dec. 11, Deans forward negative recommendations to candidates and the provost, with copy to appropriate academic unit chairs/directors and committee chairs

ITL and ITS will provide workshops on using Adobe and Teams for RTP. Faculty may reach out to Janet Bean at jbean@uakron.edu in ITL for additional information.


This announcement appeared in the Digest on Aug. 19, 2020.