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RESOLUTION ON DOSSIER SIMPLIFICATION: STATEMENT OF ENDEAVORS

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on April 15, 2009
unanimous

Tabled by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on March 18, 2009
unanimous

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on November 19, 2008
unanimous

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on April 16, 2008
approved

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RESOLUTION ON DOSSIER SIMPLIFICATION: STATEMENT OF ENDEAVORS

Whereas the current UHM dossier guidelines and forms are dated, unnecessarily complex, and bureaucratic for the candidates and reviewing bodies,  

Whereas the current process is also wasteful and cumbersome, producing huge stacks of multiple copies of large folders that must be securely transported and stored,

Whereas a review of the dossier process that included interviews with key stakeholders as well as two focus groups of faculty who had recently submitted dossiers produced no evidence that the dated format and submission process adds anything in terms of quality or value,

Whereas 15 out of 18 benchmark institutions* limit candidates’ narrative length, and most tend to use 3 page limits per section (generally research, teaching and service),

Whereas 7 out of 12 peer institutions** provide suggested page limits and 2 others suggest brevity is desirable,

Whereas none of our benchmark or peer institutions have a separate section in which the candidate addresses his/her Present and Future Value,

Whereas the 2007-08 University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Faculty Senate passed a resolution supporting the effort to streamline, simplify, and codify existing guidelines and forms to make for a more efficient submission and review process,

Therefore be it resolved that the following Statement of Endeavors description substitute for current language in the Criteria and Guidelines for Faculty Tenure/Promotion Application beginning Fall 2009:

    STATEMENT OF ENDEAVORS (RECOMMENDED LENGTH: 1-9 PAGES, 12 point) Candidates for tenure and/or promotion have the option of providing a personal statement about the unique aspects and special significance of their accomplishments and future plans in teaching, research and/or service. Statements should be directed toward readers who may not be specialists in the candidate’s field. 

    FACULTY STATEMENT ON TEACHING:  This narrative is an opportunity for the candidate to speak directly to the review committee membership, highlighting major teaching activities, innovative or unique aspects in teaching, notable successes in advising, and future value/plans. 

    FACULTY STATEMENT ON RESEARCH/CREATIVE WORK:  This narrative is an opportunity for the candidate to speak directly to the review committee membership, highlighting major contributions, describing the impact of research/creative work, addressing any unique aspects of the scholarly record, and projecting future value/plans.

    FACULTY STATEMENT ON SERVICE/ OUTREACH:  This narrative is an opportunity for the candidate to speak directly to the review committee membership, highlighting major contributions and future value/plans in service or outreach to the University, professional organizations, and/or the public.

And be it further resolved that “Present and Future Value” will no longer be a separate section of the dossier.

Note: Statement of Endeavors adapted from University of Colorado at Boulder, http://www.colorado.edu/, University of California-Davis,http://www.ucdavis.edu, University of Maryland College Park, http://www.umd.edu

*Benchmark Institutions

  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Michigan State University
  • State University of NY at Buffalo
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois at Urbana
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Oregon, Eugene
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

**Peer Institutions:

  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Utah
  • University of Virginia