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Promotion and Tenure Third Year Review Guidelines

Third Year Review files will be due to CLAS on April 3, 2017.


The promotion and tenure guidelines state clearly that:

Faculty on annual tenure must be reviewed after the completion of the first year of their appointment and each subsequent year. In order to assure that candidates for tenure have a timely assessment of their progress so as to permit correction of deficiencies, there must be a review at the end of the third year. For faculty who have brought in prior service at another institution, the review will not be conducted until the end of at least one complete academic year at Portland State University. As a result of this review, candidates should be given an assessment of their progress toward tenure and of any deficiencies that need to be addressed. The review shall be in accordance with regular department and university procedures and should specifically evaluate the progress of the faculty member in meeting the standards for the award of tenure; however, reviews prior to the sixth year are normally only for evaluative purposes and do not have to include outside evaluation. Upon the completion of the third year review, the faculty member reviewed will be given an assessment of progress toward tenure as perceived from all appropriate administrative levels (Section IV., C., 2.a, para.8) [bold added]. The 3rd year review differs from normal promotion and tenure consideration only inasmuch as there are no outside evaluators involved in the review process.


For a checklist, please use the Dean's Office Third Year-Year Review Checklist.

The Dean's Office should receive the electronic copy of the dossier in .pdf format. Please email the electronic copy to Kris Fedor  at