Rank and Tenure Committee

Membership: Seven members (at least five tenured) elected for three-year overlapping terms from the faculty at large, with the provision that at least two shall be from the College of Arts and Sciences and at least two from the professional schools.  The term of any untenured faculty member will end at the close of the academic year preceding the one in which his/her own tenure shall come under consideration.

Advisory Membership: Provost, one student selected by the Associated Students of PLU. Consistent with Article IV, Section 4, Subsection 4b, g and h of the Faculty Bylaws, advisory members shall have the same rights and privileges as any other member of the committee except the right to make motions and to vote.

General Purpose: To consider and recommend policies relative to recruitment, rank, salary, promotion, and tenure of the faculty and to act in an advisory capacity to the administration relative to application of these policies to individual members of the faculty.

Specific Duties:

  1. To review all recommendations for non-retention, sabbatical leaves, promotion, and tenure of individual members of the faculty, and to make specific recommendations to the president when appropriate.
  2. To recommend to the faculty, from time to time, ideas or techniques which make it possible to obtain objective information or data whereby the effectiveness of teaching may more adequately be determined, thereby enabling the committee to fulfill its advisory function as fully as possible.
  3. To recommend to the faculty, from time to time, matters related to tenure or promotion which the faculty may decide to recommend to the president for presentation to the Board of Regents.
  4. To advise the administration of the university regarding budgetary matters as they affect both faculty retention at the university and the integrity of the rank and tenure process and system.
  5. To conduct inquiries into misconduct in science at the request of the Provost.
  6. To make recommendations to the faculty regarding the designation of professor emeritus status for retiring non-tenured faculty.
  7. To advise the Faculty Affairs Committee on the instruments and procedures to be used in the evaluation process for administrators of departments, schools, and divisions.
  8. The chair of Rank and Tenure Committee shall serve on and convene the initial meeting of the Conciliation Committee.
  9. The chair of the Rank and Tenure Committee shall receive a teaching load reduction of one (1) course or the equivalent per academic year.
  10. To make a written report to the faculty at least once a year.  The chair of the committee shall file a record of the committee’s activities in duplicate reports–one with the faculty secretary and one with the president of the university at the close of the school year.

Membership for 2016-17:

Name: Jason Skipper (skippeje@plu.edu) – Secretary
Department: English
Committee Seat: Expires 2017
Contact: 253-535-7238

Name: Francesca Lane Rasmus (lanerafr@plu.edu)
Department: Library
Committee Seat: Expires 2017
Contact: 253-535-7141

Name: Marianne Taylor (taylormg@plu.edu) – Chair
Department: Psychology
Committee Seat: Expires 2017
Contact: 253-535-7657

Name: Spencer Ebbinga (ebbingsk@plu.edu)
Department: Art and Design
Committee Seat: Expires 2018
Contact: 253-535-7576

Name: Julie Smith (smithjw@plu.edu)
Department: Biology
Committee Seat: Expires 2018
Contact: 253-535-7307

Name: Jeffrey Bell-Hanson (bellhajl@plu.edu)
Department: Music
Committee Seat: Expires 2019
Contact: 253-535-7617

Name: Anna Leon-Guerrero (guerreay@plu.edu)
Department: Sociology
Committee Seat: Expires 2019
Contact: 253-535-7559