Published November 9, 2022
Summary of Progress:
The Scholarship, Tenure and Recognition Subcommittee recommended numerous changes to UB's tenure and promotion (T&P) guidelines and criteria. These included the addition of several statements about research and community engagement to the guidelines, one of which the subcommittee had already drafted. Changes to UB’s T&P guidelines and criteria will need to be approved by the Faculty Senate.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPAC), Bob Granfield met with the Faculty Senate Tenure, Promotion and Privileges Committee and the Equity and Diversity Committee to deliver the recommendations related to T&P so that they can review them, draft any additional statements needed, and shepherd the changes through the Faculty Senate during the 2022-23 academic year. The VPAC also shared the T&P recommendations with appropriate Associate Deans.
In Spring 2022, UB welcomed a new Director of the new Office of Faculty Recognition, housed in Faculty Affairs. Faculty Recognition works directly with deans, chairs, faculty and department awards committees to identify, support and manage faculty award nominations. In Spring 2022, Faculty Recognition polled chairs to see which departments already have awards committees. About half of respondents indicated that they already have committees in their departments. Starting in 2022-23, the Director of Faculty Recognition plans to host workshops to help guide departments in setting up awards committees and to share best practices from existing awards committees on campus, including promoting equity during the nomination and application process.
In addition, several other recommendations have been implemented/moved forward: