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Letter to the Editor: On Tenure, from Academic Affairs

In response to student and alumni concern, I am writing to provide further clarification on the promotion and tenure process here at Emmanuel College. As an academic institution, we encourage constructive dialogue among our students, faculty, alumni and other members of the Emmanuel community, and appreciate the passion and commitment of those who have expressed concerns on this matter.

Promotion and tenure is a peer-review process. In order to be promoted to an associate professor with tenure at Emmanuel College, a faculty member must have a strong evaluation in the areas of: Teaching, Scholarship/Professional Achievement, and Engagement with the College and its Mission. The faculty members who apply for tenure consideration provide examples of how they meet these standards through a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae of courses taught, scholarly work published and presented, letters of recommendation from colleagues and students, and other materials. This dossier is evaluated by the seven senior members of the Emmanuel faculty who make up the Promotion and Tenure Committee, as well as outside peer evaluators.

The evaluation conducted by the Promotion and Tenure Committee is thoughtful, thorough and conducted over a six month period.The standards, in more detail, are:

  • Teaching: Quality teaching is a critical factor in a successful application for promotion and tenure.  The College seeks significant student input by way of course evaluations, student advising, and letters from current students and alumni.
  • Scholarship/Professional Achievement: It is expected that all faculty members at Emmanuel College demonstrate an active and continuing commitment to the work of their discipline; produce work which is read, seen, critiqued or witnessed by professional peers outside the College; and participate in professional activities within their discipline.
  • Engagement with the College and its Mission:  Emmanuel College depends upon its faculty for contributions to the life of the College beyond the classroom. These contributions include effective committee work, assisting in admissions efforts, curriculum development and assessment at and beyond the level of the department, and participation on college panels and in student life.

Following the review process, the Promotion and Tenure Committee communicates its recommendation to the faculty member. The faculty member may appeal negative recommendations. Final recommendations are then reviewed by the Administrative Review Committee and forwarded to the President.

On behalf of the Office of Academic Affairs, I would like to thank you again for your interest in Emmanuel and our faculty.  Please feel free to write to me at if you have questions or comments.


Most sincerely,

Joyce A. De Leo, PhD
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Emmanuel College
Professor of Biology

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5 Responses to Letter to the Editor: On Tenure, from Academic Affairs

  1. Sarah

    March 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This information is not actually helping the situation. You all continually providing information that we have access to through the Faculty Handbook. What we want is transparency and you are refusing to answer our questions. WHY was he denied tenure? WHO is pulling the strings? Social media a powerful thing and the word will get out about the lack of cooperation you give to your “paying customers.” Emmanuel College, I am ashamed to call you my alma mater.

    • Kit

      March 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      I agree Sarah, and students are fed up the situation.

  2. James

    March 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t actually think it is any of our business as to why he didn’t get it. It makes sense that they would remain consistent with a statement like what was shared. Just because we paid tuition doesn’t mean they should share someone’s personal career information with us. If I were him I would go through the process properly as requested if I disagreed to get more information. And if you want to know why he was denied, ask him. He knows and it’s only right that he be the one to share.

    • Sarah

      March 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      He isn’t allowed to talk to us during any of this process and truthfully it wouldn’t matter what they said because we all know whatever the reason they have made this decision (for Craig, Reeves, Kulich, the list goes on) is bogus.

  3. Jon Hardacker

    March 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Sarah, everyone gets that you’re mad – but you complaining after Dr. De Leo has listened to you and provided your transparency is only hurting your own cause. Those close to the situation are giving you the information that you, a student attending a PRIVATE INSTITUTION, are entitled to. To ask anything further is asinine. This is for all of you rebels posting on this site: enough is enough, start acting like adults and stop posting pathetic articles and comments. Use your real names, actually make a difference if you’re mad – don’t sit in your dorm room and type angry letters.

    -Jon Hardacker, ’12