Third Year Review
The pre-tenure and promotion assessment program provides a real-time trial run at preparing
the promotion and tenure (P&T) dossier and addresses the issue that women do not understand
(or often are not told) what is required for tenure and/or promotion.
The goal of the required third year review is to provide junior faculty candidates with an
objective evaluation of their progress toward promotion and tenure so that they can better plan
for their future. Women will benefit from the implementation of a third year review because it
will assure that they have the same access to information that men often share informally among
Third year reviews are especially important because they allow candidates to be appraised of
strengths and weakness in teaching, research and service criteria needed for making adequate
progress toward tenure and promotion in time to make changes. In addition, the third year
review provides the candidates with specific information about how to prepare a dossier and
gives them the opportunity to develop a work plan as part of their annual performance reviews
for the remainder of their probationary period.
The benefits of this program will be in dispelling unwritten and unrealistic expectations (which
can be unintentionally introduced) at the end of the probationary period.