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Promotion and Tenure Guidelines Jack J. Valenti School of Communication Promotion and Tenure Guidelines


Departmental guidelines and policies are subject to policies promulgated at the college and university levels. In the case of promotion and tenure, guidelines provided by the Office of the Provost form the basis of all promotion and tenure decisions. While a college or department may choose to implement more rigorous standards than those detailed in the university-level promotion and tenure guidelines, a college or department may not implement policies that result implicitly or explicitly in the application of less rigorous standards than detailed in the in the university-level promotion and tenure guidelines. It is the obligation of the chair of the department to make all new tenured or tenure-track faculty members aware in writing of not only the university-level promotion beyond tenure guidelines but also any college or departmental level policies or procedures that may impact their tenure and/or promotion.

These guidelines for professional evaluation of tenured and tenure-track members of the University of Houston's Valenti School of Communication are prepared as a general document without reference to particular individuals or configurations of accomplishment. They do not prescribe a uniform roster of accomplishments that must be achieved by all candidates for tenure or promotion. Rather, they suggest ways of evaluating accomplishments in research, teaching, and service by allowing flexibility in assigning relative weights to these three activities.



Excellence in teaching that can be measured by such factors as satisfactory teaching evaluations, peer evaluations, letters from former students or from others who have knowledge of the candidate's teaching activities, creation of new courses, updating existing courses, supervision of honors and graduate theses, membership on graduate thesis committees, participation in graduate student exams, willingness to teach service courses, participation at educational conventions, workshops and/or clinics, and advising students.


The School values scholarly, professional, and/or creative achievements. During promotion and tenure deliberations scholarly, professional, and creative publications and/or productions shall be considered. Tenure and promotion to associate professor requires a body of peer-reviewed scholarly publications or productions that demonstrates a national reputation. The minimum requirement for promotion and tenure shall be a sole-authored book, six articles in which the candidate is the sole or leading author, and/or the equivalent for professional and/or creative work. The quality of the publications and/or productions will be gauged by assessing both the content of the published works and the caliber of the publication outlet, focusing in particular on its reputation, audience reach, relevance, and community impacts as well as the level of competitiveness in terms of having stories, feature articles, opinion editorials, and/or live, mediated, theatrical or digital productions accepted. Peer-bestowed recognition awards may also be used to evaluate the quality of such works. Articles, books, or productions will be assessed in a similar manner and subsequent recognition awards as well as reviews by peers and recognized critics may also be used in that determination process.


Dedication to the service mission of the School of Communication that can be measured by such factors as active involvement in departmental, college and university committees, active involvement in departmental or university support activities, participation in student organizations, and service to the profession and community.