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About Arts and Sciences


Advisory Committees to the Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty


The Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences depends on a standing committee to conduct an Arts and Sciences level evaluation whenever a department or school recommends a candidate for tenure. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess whether the department or school level review was rigorous and substantive and to ensure that all Arts and Sciences candidates meet the same high standards. In this way, a faculty of the highest quality and distinction will be maintained.

The standing committee – the Promotion and Tenure Committee (PTC) – serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Vice President who determines whether or not the candidate should be recommended to the Provost for tenure. The Arts and Sciences standing committee is administered on behalf of the Executive Vice President by the Executive Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

The PTC consists of nine full professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, representing the three divisions, who serve for three year terms. The PTC members are appointed by the Executive Vice in consultation with the Planning and Policy Committee (PPC). The chair of the PTC is appointed by the Executive Vice President in consultation with the PTC.

The Arts & Sciences guideline for tenure review can be found here and here.

The Provost's Office "Principles and Customes Governing University-Wide Tenure Reviews" can be found here.

Committee Members 2013-2014:

Matthew Connelly

Gil Eyal

Walter Frisch

Robert Harrist

James Leighton

Bentley MacLeod

Sharon Marcus

Serena Ng

Carol Prives

Wayne Proudfoot

Bob Shapiro

Erick Weinberg