Applying for Faculty Positions
Timeline and Review Process for Approval of Tenure-Track Position Proposals
Proposals for tenure-track positions will be considered according to the timeline below:
Preliminary proposals of (up to 1,000 words) due to ASP: September 15, 2014
ASP responds to preliminary proposals, offering feedback and its decision about whether the request merits further consideration in a full proposal: November 3, 2014
Full proposals due to ASP: February 2, 2015
ASP communicates its recommendations and rationale to requesting departments/programs: May 15, 2015.
Departments/programs considering an application are encouraged to consult with the Provost and members of ASP if they have questions about the criteria by which proposals will be evaluated.
Complete procedures for proposing a tenure-track position can be found in Chapter VI of the Administrative Policy Manual, “Special Provisions Governing Faculty Employment” (http://www.beloit.edu/apm) (see below).
A. Procedures for Authorizing Faculty Lines
1. Tenure-Track Faculty Lines
a. Each August, the president and the provost, in consultation with the Academic Strategic Planning Committee, shall outline the short and long-term academic priorities of the college and announce the projected number of available tenure-track positions for that year, based upon resignations, anticipated retirements, and short- and long-term academic and financial demands of the college.
b. Preliminary proposals for filling these positions shall be submitted to the Academic Strategic Planning Committee by September 15. Limited to 1000 words, these proposals should outline how the requested position contributes to the short- and long-term priorities of the college and explain how the requested position would advance or change the work and objectives of the program(s) or group of faculty putting forward the proposal.
By November 1, the committee shall provide feedback on the substantive content of each preliminary proposal and a judgment about whether the request merits further consideration in a fuller proposal. The committee shall share with the college community the titles of all proposals.
c. Full proposals for filling available tenure-track positions shall be submitted to the Academic Strategic Planning Committee by February 1. The main text of the proposal may not exceed 20 pages. The committee shall make all full proposals publicly available.
d. Departments or programs requesting the replacement, addition, or reconfiguration of a tenure-track position shall be in compliance with the college’s policy regarding external reviews (APM, VIII.D.4.b), and those reviews shall be made available to the committee.
e. The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning (OIRP) shall supply a standard set of information to the departments, programs, and/or faculty groups preparing to submit a full proposal and to the Academic Strategic Planning Committee. Departments, programs or faculty groups may seek other data relevant to the request.
f. Departments, programs and/or faculty groups submitting a full proposal for the replacement, addition, or reconfiguration of a tenure-track line shall adhere to the college’s policy regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action (APM, V. B). In pursuit of that end, they shall meet with the dean and the college’s diversity advisors as the proposal is being conceptualized to consider ways in which the proposed position could enrich Beloit’s academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities by actively encouraging applications from members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education or in the particular discipline. The proposal submitted to the Academic Strategic Planning Committee should include consideration of how the requested position would enhance the diversity incorporated in the curriculum and the ways in which the involved department(s) or program(s) plans to increase the diversity of the applicant pool.
g. The dean’s office shall provide to the Academic Strategic Planning Committee relevant departmental and program reports for the previous five years.
h. Building upon information from past department reports, external reviews, and the data provided by OIR, each proposal should directly address:
i. how the proposed position advances the liberal arts mission of the college
ii. how the requested position contributes to the short- and long-term priorities of the college as well as the particular department(s) and/or program(s)
iii. the current mission(s), present curriculum and staffing of the department(s), program(s) or faculty group proposing the position
iv. how the proposed position would advance or change the mission(s) and curriculum of the affected department(s) and program(s)
v. the current state of the area(s) of study addressed by the proposal and how the requested position fits within it/them
vi. the potential for the position to enhance the diversity incorporated in the curriculum, faculty, and/or student body
vii. a comparison of staffing and curricular profiles at appropriate peer institutions, as determined by the Academic Strategic Planning Committee
viii. the position’s relation to broader trends beyond Beloit College, such as curricular innovations, student demographics, and relevant issues in the liberal arts, and/or higher education
ix. the anticipated impact on the admission and retention of students
x. any other information that helps clarify the qualities, needs, and plans of the department(s), program(s), or faculty group proposing the position.
i. Proposals should include a proposed advertisement.
j. Each proposal shall be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria and contextual factors:
i. its potential to advance the liberal arts mission of the college
ii. its relation to strategic planning priorities and resource considerations as determined by the Academic Strategic Planning Committee and the college administration
iii. its relation to established departmental or program needs and the potential for achievement of stated goals consistent with long-term planning
iv. its potential to contribute to all-college programs
v. its potential to enhance the diversity incorporated in the curriculum, the faculty, and/or the student body
vi. its relation to broader trends beyond Beloit College, such as research and curricular innovations, student demographics, and other relevant issues in a particular field(s), the liberal arts, and/or higher education
vii. its comparative merits in relation to other proposals under consideration
k. By the end of the academic year in which they are received, the Academic Strategic Planning Committee shall approve, reject or defer the proposals it reviews. Position proposals that have been denied may be resubmitted in the third academic year after the initial submission. Deferred proposals remain in the pool for a second year. The committee shall communicate its recommendations to the provost and communicate to the requesting department(s) or program(s) the decision and its rationale.