Post-Tenure Faculty Review
The national AAUP is opposed in principle to post-tenure reviews. Its existing policy (approved by Committee A and adopted by the Council in November 1983) begins by saying:
The Association believes that periodic formal institutional evaluation of each post probationary faculty member would bring scant benefit, would incur unacceptable costs, not only in money and time but also in dampening of creativity and of collegial relationships, and would threaten academic freedom.
Nonetheless, a policy adopted by the University of Iowa’s Faculty Senate on April 11, 1989, states (UI Operations Manual, III.10.7):
“Each academic unit is charged with developing and implementing a plan for peer review of each tenured full professor in the unit. Such peer review should be done periodically, at least once every five years. The review should address the quality of the faculty member's performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service and should result in recommendations that help to enhance that performance.”
“The plan is to include: 1) selection of the peer review committee; 2) committee procedures and timelines; 3) materials to be reviewed; 4) distribution and use of the committee's written report; and 5) mechanisms for the faculty member to respond.”
The chapter's Executive Committee has been examining the extent to which the above mandate has been implemented, and has discovered that: (1) as of the fall of 2008, the College of Nursing had no post-tenure review policy; and (2) the policies of the other ten colleges are inconsistent, are at odds with the mandate, and are not in compliance with AAUP standards as expressed in the 1999 policy statement, "Post-Tenure Reviews: An AAUP Response."
A representative of the chapter’s Executive Committee is consulting with Faculty Senate Officers to determine how best to proceed.