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December 11, 1998

Faculty Senate returns to post-tenure review

by Diana Pounds

A Faculty Senate ad hoc committee will look into a State Board of Regents request that Iowa State develop a post- tenure review policy. The senate's charge to the committee is to recommend a course of action on the regents' request, which came during a board meeting last week.

In a full-faculty vote last spring, ISU faculty turned down a proposal that would have mandated post-tenure review, while approving a new promotion and tenure policy.

During the Dec. 8 meeting, Faculty Senate President Denise Vrchota prefaced discussion of the regents' request with a personal statement on post-tenure review. Maintaining her views had been misrepresented in a letter to a local newspaper, Vrchota said, "I'd like to tell you how I feel about post-tenure review. Yawn. That's how I feel. I'm probably as apathetic as anyone could be about post-tenure review."

However, the regents have requested a policy, Vrchota said, and "I think we can draft a policy, if we choose to do so, that would be agreeable to the board and to us." Vrchota cited a number of universities' post-tenure review policies with such "faculty friendly" characteristics as an emphasis on rewards and professional development, sensitivity to depart-ment and college cultures and ease of use. She also pointed out that the University of Iowa's post-tenure review policy is two paragraphs long.

Senators toyed with the possibility of drafting a policy based on Iowa's version of post-tenure review before opting to turn the issue over to the ad hoc committee. The ad hoc committee members will be appointed soon.

In other business, the senate:

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