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, 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 cases for non-retention, promotion, and tenure of individual members of the faculty, and to make specific recommendations to the president.
  2. To review all recommendations for sabbatical leaves and to make specific recommendations to the president prior to approval by the Board of Regents.
  3. To recommend to the faculty ideas or techniques that 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.
  4. To recommend to the faculty matters related to tenure or promotion that the faculty may decide to recommend to the president for presentation to the Board of Regents.
  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. The chair of Rank and Tenure Committee shall serve on and convene the initial meeting of the Conciliation Committee.
  8. The chair of the Rank and Tenure Committee shall receive a teaching load reduction of one (1) course or the equivalent per academic year.
  9. 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 2020-21:

Name: Suzanne Crawford O’Brien (crawfosj@plu.edu)
Department: Religion
Committee Seat: Expires 2021
Contact: 253-535-8107

Name: Kate Luther (lutherke@plu.edu) – Chair
Department: Sociology
Committee Seat: Expires 2021
Contact: 253-535-7593

Name: Harry Papadopoulos (papadoha@plu.edu)
Department: Kinesiology
Committee Seat: Expires 2022
Contact: 253-535-8706

Name: Bogomil Gerganov (gerganbe@plu.edu) – Secretary
Department: Physics
Committee Seat: Expires 2022
Contact: 253-538-6377

Name: Jeffrey Bell-Hanson (bellhajl@plu.edu)
Department: Music
Committee Seat: Expires 2022
Contact: 253-535-7617

Name: Michael Behrens (behrenmd@plu.edu)
Department: Biology
Committee Seat: Expires 2023
Contact: 253-535-7565

Name: Tyler Travillian (traviltt@plu.edu)
Department: Languages & Literatures
Committee Seat: Expires 2023
Contact: 253-535-7220