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"Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them."
There is nothing like tenure and promotion season to humble a provost with all the terrific work done by faculty. I really do enjoy reading about the research, the teaching philosophies, the input from colleagues, chairs, and deans as well as the external letters. There is a lot of information and evidence and it is critical that the president and I review it all and we do. And each year we are impressed that the dossiers continue to get stronger and more impressive.
This year there were 25 tenure packages, 25 promotion to full professor packages, 9 promotion to senior or principal lecturer packages, and 17 mid-tenure packages(so far-the deadline for submissions is April 1) to review … Whew!
Sue Provenzano, assistant vice president for academic affairs, plays a key role in assembling the notebooks for me to review and making sure everything has been received from the colleges. I thought you'd like to see a picture of her desk at this time of the year:
Keep in mind that this pile is only part of the total documentation that she diligently wades through and organizes. It truly feels like a blizzard at times! Sue does a terrific job with the mountain of information and I'm very appreciative of her work.
To all of the faculty who went up for review this year and to those who reviewed materials, thank you - I know that compiling this work and reviewing is a tremendous task. Well done to all of you.