This document contains guidelines for tenure and promotion within the School of Design and Construction (SDC) at Washington State University (WSU).[i] These guidelines are supplementary to procedures, policies, and criteria specified in the Provost’s Guidelines for Faculty Promotion and Tenure, the WSU Faculty Manual, and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA). In cases where conflicts arise because the various documents are not precisely in concert with one another, the Faculty Manual and/or those documents recommended by the Office of the Provost shall take precedence.
The SDC Tenure and Promotion Guidelines are intended to provide specific directives for faculty seeking tenure and promotion within the School of Design and Construction. They are also intended to provide guidance for SDC tenure and promotion committees, the SDC director, and the SDC administrative manager as they navigate the complexities of the tenure and promotion process. All SDC faculty seeking tenure and/or promotion must be evaluated under these guidelines.
[i] The SDC Tenure and Promotion Guidelines began in an SDC faculty committee in 2014-15 and refined by SDC leadership team faculty in the summer of 2015 and winter and spring of 2016 before official approval in summer of 2016 by the provost’s office. The guidelines were updated by SDC staff in July 2017 to reflect the move of the SDC into one college (VCEA), and then revised by an SDC committee during the 2019-20 academic year, among other details, to match adopted nomenclature and procedures for annual reviews; for the creation of “career-track” faculty (Teaching and Scholarly); and to incorporate new language emphasizing the importance of community, professional, and industry engagement in the SDC.