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Online Narrative-Writing Seminar for 4th Year Faculty 

 The Center for Faculty Excellence announces a special 15-week opportunity for tenure-eligible faculty members preparing their file for the 4th (or midterm) review. Participants will set weekly goals and share progress with other members. They will be expected to share drafts of their narrative or organizational structure and to review the materials of at least one other participant.

Designers and facilitators are Howard Kalman, Julia Lapp, and Susanne Morgan. The seminar begins on October 14, the first day of Fall Break, and ends at the end of January. A concluding gathering will feature presentations of their files by the members. The seminar uses the Blackboard system and will provide links to multiple resources related to preparing a file.

This pilot seminar is limited to faculty with a January deadline for their review file. Those who are preparing their file for tenure may join the seminar as non-participants in order to review the resources. Depending on assessment of the pilot, a similar seminar for those preparing tenure files may be offered in the spring.

Interested faculty should register using this online form.

Fall 2009 Seminar: Tenure and Promotion

The Center for Faculty Excellence of the Office of the Provost presents a fall seminar designed for any faculty member who plans to prepare an application for tenure and/or promotion to Associate Professor in the next few years, including those who are not on tenure lines. Taught by Susanne Morgan assisted by senior faculty, the seminar includes readings, lectures, structured activities, and online resources. We plan to help you with topics relevant to preparing your file, and also to preparing yourself for the review process. We want to be clear that participation in the seminar does not guarantee a positive tenure recommendation but rather is designed to provide an overview of the tenure and promotion process, answer questions that people might have, and provide 'best practices" or helpful points of information in compiling a tenure dossier.

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Two sections of the seminar will be scheduled, each facilitated by Susanne Morgan and another senior faculty member. One, from noon to 12:50 on Mondays in Room 332 of the Park School of Communications, is co-facilitated by Barbara Morgenstern, and the other, at 3:00-3:50 pm on Thursdays in the 4th floor conference room of Muller Faculty Center, is co-facilitated by Michael Trotti. You should choose the one that fits your schedule best, and plan to attend all sessions of your section. People at all stages of the tenure process will participate, some returning for a second year.

The face-to-face seminar will be complemented by an online narrative writing group. Faculty can be part of one or both; they are independent. The writing group serves to support and guide faculty who are preparing a narrative for a probationary or tenure file.

How do I know if this seminar is for me?

  • Am I new and not even clear on what the tenure process means?
  • Have I gone through a mid-term review and now need to focus on gaps?
  • Am I ready to begin to assemble the file itself?
  • Did I attend last year and want to continue to talk about the issues?
  • Did my dean or department chair tell me I should attend?

Seminar Goal: To support Ithaca College faculty toward successful tenure and promotion.

Seminar Objectives: Following this bi-weekly semester-long series, a faculty member should be able to:

  • Identify the sequence of events in the review process
  • Name the sections of the final package, and understand the kinds of evidence to retain for it
  • Define and illustrate the five kinds of scholarship included in the Faculty Handbook
  • Prepare a list of people of whom requests for review letters could be sent, in the areas of scholarship and service, and build a list of appropriate students to ask for letters
  • Reflect thoughtfully on your own teaching and produce private reflective statements about it
  • Locate scholarly resources on teaching and scholarship and explore uses of that research in your own file preparation process
  • Prepare a strategy for service and identify the documents that can substantiate institutional engagement
  • Review examples of effective personal narratives and draft an outline of one
  • Contact one or more persons who could provide mentoring through the process
  • Identify legal pitfalls and strategies for avoiding them
  • Locate sources of support for particular challenges such as writer’s block or English facility

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All participants will be given this useful little book in addition to handouts.
Diamond, Robert M., 2004, “Preparing for Promotion, Tenure, and Annual Review: A Faculty Guide, Second Edition,” Jossey-Bass

The resources collected during the Tenure Seminar are in three different locations: Faculty Resources includes resources on Documenting Scholarship and Institutional Engagement, Excellence in Teaching includes pages on Documenting Teaching and Enhancing Teaching, and Center Activities includes the basic information about the entire Tenure Seminar program.

Sessions:

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Session

Monday 12-12:50 332 Park School

Thursday 3:00-3:50

Topic

1

9/14

9/17

Tangible evidence: file, dividers, categories (starter kit provided)

2

9/21

9/24

Teaching: Doing your best; documenting it well

3

10/5

10/8

Scholarship: The famous five types

4

10/19

10/22

Supporting scholarship: Guidelines; outside letters

5

11/16

11/19

Service: Strategies; documentation

6

12/7

12/3

Challenges: Next steps: Finding a mentor; drafting your narrative; writing support

 Online Registration here.

Successful Tenure: Open Program
Monday, March 30, 2009, 4-6 pm, Textor 101

See link to pdf on right for more information