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On Being Faculty

How does one become a faculty member? How does one remain a faculty member. These are not easy questions, nor do they have easy answers. On this page I am providing some documents that have apparently been helpful for me.

Job Application Materials

When I applied for my current position at William & Mary in 2009, I submitted the following materials:

I hope these can guide the reader in determining that helped me get a foot in the door back in 2010.

Annual Activity Reports

As part of a yearly intradepartmental peer-review we compose detailed activity reports, which are provided here for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I hope these materials give a sense of what is expected of a faculty member during the first few years of their employment on the tenure track.

Mid-Tenure Evaluation Materials

After the first 2 or 3 years, each faculty member is evaluated internally. After a vote by the department, the university-wide Retention/Promotion/Tenure committee votes on retaining the faculty as well. I am here providing the documents that were submitted by me for my mid-tenure evaluation. Additional submitted documents written by the departmental review committee are available upon request. No external letters are requested at this point.

Tenure Evaluation Materials

After the first 5 years, each faculty member is again evaluated. After a vote by the department, the university-wide Retention/Promotion/Tenure committee votes again on retaining the faculty. The Dean makes a recommendation, followed by the Provost, and finally the Board of Visitors confers tenure, to start with the next academic year. I am here providing the documents that were submitted by me for my tenure evaluation. Additional submitted documents written by the departmental review committee are available upon request. A minimum of six external letters are requested for this review.