B. External Appointment to Tenured Professor

Please scroll down or click on the links below to read more about this process.

(1)  Search Flowchart
(2)  Steps: External Appointment to Tenured Professor
(3)  Dossier Checklist: External Appointment to Tenured Professor
(4)  Dossier Sample
(5)  Dossier Instructions

(1)  Search Flowchart: External Appointment to Tenured Professor

 Search Flowchart External Appt

 

(2)  Steps: External Appointment to Tenured Professor

 

Step

Explanation

1

Each spring, the divisional dean authorizes searches for the upcoming academic year based on departments’ academic plans and ongoing conversations with the departments. After receiving the divisional dean’s authorization letter, the department submits a search plan to the divisional assistant dean for approval

The search plan should address:

  • The names of the proposed search committee members, including the chair, who will have primary responsibility for ensuring that the search is broad, wide-ranging, and thorough and that proactive efforts are made to identify candidates from diverse populations, including women and minorities. The committee ordinarily consists of tenured faculty members and should include a tenured faculty member from another department/SEAS voting cluster. The department should also ask a representative of the appropriate center, institute, or initiative to serve on or consult with the search committee when there is an overlap in research interests. (Note: Once a final candidate is identified in the search process, former undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisors of the candidate should not serve as chair.)
  • A copy of the draft advertisement for the position.
  • A description of the field or area(s) of the search, as stated in the advertisement. Care should be taken to define the field with sufficient breadth that candidates’ contributions can be understood within an appropriately broad context. The field should not be defined as a narrow subfield.
  • The process by which candidates will be identified to ensure the creation of the most highly qualified and diverse pool of applicants.
  • The space (office, studio, and/or laboratory) that will house the proposed appointment and any other important resource considerations.

2

After approval of the search plan by the divisional dean, the department advertises the position and makes inquiries at other institutions

  • All advertising copy must be reviewed and approved by the assistant dean for the division before it is submitted to the appropriate journals and other venues. Advertisements and inquiries should describe the position broadly and should list a date after which the department will stop accepting applications, or the department can encourage candidates to apply by a specific date, while indicating that applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. At least one form of the advertisement should be published in print. Advertisements should clearly state required documents and must indicate that Harvard is “an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.”
  • The dossier for the finalist must include a teaching/advising statement that describes the candidate’s teaching approach and philosophy and practices related to undergraduate, graduate, and (as relevant) postdoctoral teaching and advising. The dossier should also include teaching and advising materials, including a teaching chart ideally listing ten years of courses [in reverse chronological order], any teaching awards, a list of past and present undergraduate and graduate theses supervised [and postdoctoral advisees, as relevant], representative course syllabi, and teaching evaluations. Note: In the teaching chart, please indicate which, if any, courses were taught remotely, whether partially or in full, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The advertisement should ask all candidates to submit with their original application materials:
    • A teaching/advising statement. (The department may request the other teaching materials only from the finalist.)
    • A research statement.
    • A statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.
  • The divisional dean/SEAS Dean may, as needed, request additional information from or about candidates at relevant points in the search process.
  • Candidates should not solicit student (or postdoc) letters, and any unsolicited student (or postdoc) letters will not be included in the final dossier.
  • Harvard is required to solicit and record, when available, each applicant’s gender and racial/ethnic information, which is accomplished through the ARIeS system. Applicants are not required to provide demographic information.

3

The department submits a short list of candidates for approval by the divisional dean

The short list consists of candidates the department has determined are the most qualified for the job in terms of credentials, accomplishments, standing in the field, teaching experience, and field of expertise. To build the strongest pool for the short list, the committee should discuss in early and ongoing conversations how to attract diverse applicants, including women and minorities.

Note: In developing a short list, if the research interests of the appointment overlap with a center, institute, or initiative, the department should take into account the views of that unit.

The department sends the following to the divisional dean and the assistant dean for the division:

  • The names of the short-list candidates.
  • The candidates’ materials (e.g., letters of application, CVs, research statement, teaching/advising statement, and statement on diversity, inclusion, and belonging).
  • A brief summary of the search process to date, including discussion of how the demographics of the short list compare to the data in the Departmental EEO Report.
  • The Departmental EEO Report displaying aggregate demographic data from the search. This report, which does not identify characteristics of individual applicants, can be retrieved through the ARIeS system. See Chapter 2 in this handbook for more information on Affirmative Action policies.

4

If approval is granted, the department invites short-list candidates to campus for interviews

 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow Harvard and other guidelines regarding presence on campus, social distancing, etc.

 

Candidates meet with members of the department. The visits may include formal seminars, lectures, or presentations of working papers, as well as informal meetings with faculty, graduate students, and others. The assistant dean for the division should be given a list of dates of any seminars, lectures, or presentations.

5a

The department requests authorization from the divisional dean to solicit external evaluation letters. With the request, the department should submit a draft of the blind letter, the recipient list (see Sample Table) and, if the department chooses to send an initial inquiry (see Step 5b) before the blind letter, a draft of the initial inquiry letter

The blind letter (see the Sample Letters section of this handbook) should include:

  • A broad description of the field of the search. Care should be taken to define the field with sufficient breadth that candidates’ contributions can be understood within an appropriately broad context. The field should not be defined as a narrow subfield.
  • The criteria for appointment to a tenured position at Harvard.
  • The comparison list (see below).
  • A request that the individuals named be compared, absolutely and relatively.
  • A request for names and evaluations of other comparable candidates, including members of diverse populations (e.g., women and minorities), who in the respondent’s view may have been overlooked.
  • An indication that the University will make every effort possible to keep the response confidential and will make it available only to the senior members of the department and others directly involved in the formal review process.
  • The deadline for receipt of responses and contact information. (Note: The department should give letter writers at least six to eight weeks to prepare their letters—dating from the mailing of the blind letter, not the initial inquiry.)

The comparison list:

  • The comparison list includes four to five tenured scholars in the field; in some instances, it may be appropriate to include highly accomplished senior researchers, curators, artists, or others. The list must include at least two full professors and must have gender diversity. The comparison list may be taken directly from the short list or may be built around comparisons to the finalists, depending on the most appropriate course of action. The comparison list should reflect an appropriately broad definition of the field.
  • The most useful comparison list consists of scholars who themselves meet the standards for tenure within the FAS. (However, no Harvard faculty should be included on the comparison list.)
  • The letter should note that the individuals listed have not necessarily been asked if they are willing to be considered and that the list has been selected for the purposes of the department’s own internal evaluation.
  • It is expected that the list will be diverse, including gender and racial/ethnic diversity.
  • The list should be in alphabetical order and include title/current rank, home institution, year of doctorate and institution, and a link to the scholars’ websites.

The recipient list (See the Sample Table in this handbook):

  • The recipient list should include active scholars who are ordinarily full professors within the field or fields in interdisciplinary cases. The recipient list should reflect an appropriately broad definition of the field.
  • It is expected that the list will be diverse, including gender and racial/ethnic diversity.
  • In science and engineering cases, some of the external reviewers may be prestigious senior researchers from corporations or research institutes, rather than universities.
  • In certain arts and humanities cases, some of the external reviewers may be well-established museum curators or artists.
  • The list (see Sample Table) should be in alphabetical order and include title/current rank, home institution, year of doctorate (if available), a link to the scholars website, email address, whether the scholar has been any comparand's Ph.D. advisor, postdoctoral advisor, or co-author, and the rationale for including each scholar on the list. 

5b

(Optional step, for departments choosing to send an initial inquiry)

Once the divisional dean has approved the blind letter, recipient list, and initial inquiry letter, the department chair sends the initial inquiry to scholars on the recipient list.

The initial inquiry email (see the Sample Letter section of this handbook) asks recipients if they would be willing to write a letter, requesting their answer by a specific date.

  • The department writes to a number of scholars sufficient to elicit at least 12 to 15 responses for inclusion in the final dossier. Please take into account that 12 affirmative responses to the initial inquiry may not ultimately result in 12 external evaluations of the candidate.
  • The inquiry email and all responses from scholars should be included in the final dossier.

Any initial inquiries conducted by phone (and scholars’ responses) must be documented for inclusion in the final dossier.

6

The chair sends the blind letter to all scholars who have replied affirmatively to the initial inquiry email (see Step 5b). If the chair has chosen not to send any initial inquiries, the blind letter is sent directly to the scholars on the recipient list

  • The department writes to a number of scholars sufficient to elicit at least 12 to 15 responses for inclusion in the final dossier. These letters are in addition to any letters the department might solicit from past advisors.
  • The names of outside scholars declining to write an evaluation should be noted in the case statement. Any explanatory emails/letters from these scholars should be included with the other external evaluations.

7

After discussing the external letters, the search committee selects a final candidate

Note: In selecting the final candidate, if the research interests of the appointment overlap with a center, institute, or initiative, the department should take into account the views of that unit.

8

The search committee drafts a case statement; the tenured members of the department review all materials, discuss the case, and vote

  • The draft case statement for the candidate summarizes the committee’s conclusions, including the strengths and weaknesses of the case with regard to teaching and advising, research, and citizenship, including contributions related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging (see Step 10 for all of the necessary elements of the final case statement).
  • The department reviews the draft case statement, the external letters, and all of the candidate’s materials, including the research statement, teaching/advising statement, and statement on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the case. This discussion should be in-depth and rigorous. The department should assess whether the candidate has met the criteria for tenure within the FAS. As part of this discussion, the department should assess the impact the candidate has had on the field (e.g., whether the candidate is setting the agenda in the field), the candidate’s trajectory, and the candidate’s potential for future contributions.
  • The tenured members of the department vote on whether the case is strong enough to proceed. A favorable vote does not have to be unanimous but must comprise affirmative votes by a significant majority of the tenured faculty in the department.

9

After a favorable vote, the chair asks each tenured member of the department, including those on the search committee, to write a confidential letter to the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS

These letters express the faculty members’ views on the appointment and will be included in the candidate’s dossier to be reviewed by the Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) and the ad hoc committee, as appropriate.

(For inclusion in the dossier, letters should be sent electronically to the ad hoc coordinator in the Office for Faculty Affairs, ryoung@fas.harvard.edu.)

10

The case statement is finalized by the department chair, for review by the divisional/SEAS Dean

The finalized case statement, prepared and signed by the department chair and the chair of the search committee, for review by the divisional/SEAS Dean (see Step 11) should include the following sections:

  • A one-paragraph executive summary of the candidate’s contributions and the department’s recommendation.
  • Background and context: A description of the candidate’s area and how it fits into the department’s academic plan. Include information about how this appointment would relate to FAS/SEAS faculty working in similar or adjacent intellectual fields. Describe the teaching needs that the appointment would address.
  • Summary of the search process:
    • List key dates, such as and not limited to:
      • The dates of search committee meetings and departmental meetings about the case
      • Visits or other interactions with short list candidates
      • The date that the department sent requests for external letters.
    • Describe all efforts to identify candidates from diverse populations, including women and minorities; please address the demographics of the pool as displayed in the Departmental EEO Report available in ARIeS.
    • Include copies of correspondence and advertisements and records of telephone conversations.
  • Comparands: Provide a list of names, home institutions, and links to each comparand's home page, with a brief rationale for each comparand. Explain how this comparand list reflects an appropriately broad definition of the field.
  • External letter writers:
    • Describe the logic underlying the composition of the external letter writer group, especially in cases where the candidate is multidisciplinary.
    • Describe how many letters were solicited, how many requests were declined, how many letters were received, and inferences from the pattern of responses.
  • The intellectual case for the candidate:
    • A summary of the candidate’s scholarly contributions.
    • An analysis of how these contributions meet the intellectual criteria for tenure, including the impact the candidate has had on the field (e.g., whether the candidate is setting the agenda in the field), an indication of the candidate’s trajectory, and the candidate’s potential for future contributions. This analysis should clearly draw on both the external letters (including comparison of the candidate with the comparands) and the considered judgments of departmental faculty. Short quotes from the letters may be included but should not substitute for robust analysis of the letter contents and their relation to the department’s deliberations. Please directly address any letters that provide negative evaluations of the candidate.
  • Teaching, advising, and service:
    • An evaluation of teaching and advising effectiveness in a variety of settings with both undergraduate and graduate students (and postdocs as relevant)
    • Please describe the candidate's service to the department, home institution, and broader academic community
    • Please include an evaluation of contributions related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • If available, a link to a videotaped talk (ideally, the candidate's job talk or a suitable alternative).
  • A comparison of the candidate with all other leading candidates (in particular, women and minorities), and reasons why the other leading candidates were not chosen.
  • A summary of the department's discussions of the case.
  • Strengths and weakness: A discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate’s case as noted in the external evaluations and the internal conversations of both the search committee and the department. This analysis of strengths and weaknesses should reflect in-depth and rigorous committee and departmental deliberations of the candidate’s entire dossier.
  • Departmental vote: A record of the department vote, by name, with an “as of” date for the vote tally.
  • Signatures: An indication of the primary author of the statement.

Note:  The finalized case statement should be made available to the faculty in the department involved in the review.

11

The candidate’s dossier is prepared by the department and sent to the assistant dean for the division

  • Please send one electronic copy of the following materials to the assistant dean via Accellion Kiteworks (secure document transfer: filetransfer.harvard.edu). For a full checklist of what the dossier should include, please see the dossier checklist.
     
    • 1 electronic PDF of the dossier
    • 1 electronic PDF of student teaching evaluations
    • 1 electronic PDF of publications and (in book fields) all significant reviews. (Articles, reviews, etc. should be included in this PDF. If available, digital copies of books should also be included.) In art-making fields, 1 electronic PDF (if available) of creative works and all significant reviews
    • 1 electronic Excel document (see Sample Table of Suggested Ad Hoc Committee Members) containing ad hoc committee membership recommendations.

      The divisional dean/SEAS Dean and assistant dean will review the dossier, including close attention to the case statement. If the case statement needs further work, the assistant dean will convey feedback to the department, along with any questions or feedback about the other materials.
  • Once the assistant dean confirms that the dossier and materials are complete, the department then sends 1 electronic PDF of the dossier to the ad hoc coordinator in the Office for Faculty Affairs.

Note: While the dossier at this stage in the process used to be submitted to the ad hoc coordinator in hard copies, starting in Fall 2020 please submit this dossier electronically, as Harvard campus conditions due to COVID-19 continue to evolve. Hard-copy submission of the dossier and other materials may possibly resume at a later time, depending on campus conditions.

Note: All electronic materials must be sent via Accellion Kiteworks (secure document transfer: filetransfer.harvard.edu).

12

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions reviews the dossier

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) reviews the dossier and advises the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS on the next step for the dossier, which can include the following:

(1)   The case is sufficiently strong to forward to the President

(2)   CAP needs further information or the department needs to modify the case statement before the Dean decides whether to forward the case to the President, or

(3)   The case is not strong enough, and CAP advises the Dean to turn down the tenure case. In the latter case, the Dean notifies the department in writing within a reasonable timeframe.

13

The President or Provost reviews the case

This review usually, but not exclusively or necessarily, takes the form of an ad hoc committee, presided over by the President or the Provost. An ad hoc review is one aspect of the decision-making process. The President or Provost may also consult with internal and external scholars who are not involved in the ad hoc review to provide greater context for the President’s deliberations. In order to protect the candidate and the integrity of the process, all aspects of the President’s deliberations, including the timing and the type of ad hoc, are strictly confidential.

If the President decides to convene an ad hoc committee, it is assembled by the divisional dean and the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity. The committee ordinarily consists of three active, full professors from outside Harvard, two active, tenured professors at Harvard (from a department other than the one making the recommendation), the President or Provost, the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS, the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and the divisional dean responsible for the case. When appropriate, an external member may be a prestigious senior researcher from a corporation or research institute, a well-established artist, or a renowned curator. In considering the ad hoc membership, external letter writers are ordinarily avoided because the dossier already includes the views of these scholars. The committee ordinarily hears from three to four faculty witnesses, including the department chair, the search committee chair, and other faculty. The candidate’s former undergraduate or graduate thesis advisors or postdoctoral advisors should not ordinarily serve as witnesses.

Note: External letter writers typically do not serve on the ad hoc committee, although experts who sent no, or little, response to a department’s request for a letter may be considered. In exceptional cases, the department can include in its ad hoc committee recommendations someone who has already submitted a substantive letter.

14

The President decides whether to approve the appointment and announces his decision

After evaluating all of the information gathered throughout the process, the President makes the final decision regarding all tenure appointments and writes a letter with his decision to the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS.

15

If the decision is favorable, the offer of appointment is issued by the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS

The offer letter (drafted in consultation with the divisional dean by the Office for Faculty Development) contains information on title, appointment, salary, housing, benefits, responsibilities, research funding, leave policies, limitations or conditions, and special arrangements (including joint or affiliate appointments). The Office for Faculty Development makes any revisions to the offer letter. When appropriate, the dean for faculty development will work with a center, institute, or initiative to develop a supplementary letter for the candidate that describes the resources available through the center. The candidate’s acceptance of the offer must be made in writing to the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS.

16

If offer is accepted, the final dossier is compiled, and the appointment is processed in the Aurora system by Office for Faculty Affairs

  • The Office for Faculty Development provides all documentation for processing, with the exception of the original I-9 form and any necessary payroll documents, which the FAS financial administrator or the department administrator delivers to Central Payroll.
  • The department administrator will remind the faculty member to sign electronically the Harvard University Participation Agreement by the start of their appointment.

Information Regarding External Targeted Searches:

In rare cases, a tenured professor search may coincide with the recruitment of a specific candidate (a “targeted” search). In these instances, departments may skip steps 2 and 3 in the above process. Departments send an optional initial inquiry letter (which should not include the candidate’s name), followed by a blind letter. Additional materials such as curricula vitae and publications (or copies of creative works) are not sent out with the blind letter. The department should give letter writers at least six to eight weeks to prepare their letters—dating from the mailing of the blind letter. As always, the initial inquiry letter, blind letter, and recipient list (see Sample Table) are reviewed by the divisional dean prior to being sent. Note: In a targeted search of this kind, the search committee should not be chaired by an advisor of the candidate, but advisors are permitted to serve on the committee.

(3)  Dossier Checklist: External Appointment to Tenured Professor

REQUIRED CONTENTS

Note: Starting in Fall 2020, due to evolving Harvard campus conditions, please submit all dossier materials electronically.  Hard-copy submission may possibly resume at a later time, depending upon campus conditions.

TEXT ON FOLDER LABEL:

[Candidate Name]

[Department Name]

Section

Text on Labeled Divider Tab

Contents

Number of Copies

1

Case Statement

See Step 10 above for details. For an external appointment, the case statement must include a description of all efforts to identify candidates from diverse populations, including women and minorities. Case statements must include a record of the department vote, by name, with an “as of” date for the vote tally.

1

 

2

Authorization letter

The authorization letter for the search

1

 

3

Curriculum vitae, Statements

  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae and bibliography

1

 

 

  • Teaching/advising statement describing teaching philosophy and practices related to graduate, undergraduate, and (as relevant) postdoctoral teaching and advising

1

 

  • Research statement

1

 

  • Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas

1

 

4

Teaching materials

  • Summary teaching chart, ideally listing ten years of courses and indicating any semesters on leave and which, if any, courses were taught remotely, whether partially or in full, due to the COVID-19 pandemic

1

 

  • Teaching awards

1

 

  • A list of undergraduate and graduate theses supervised (and postdoctoral advisees, as relevant), if not already included in the CV

1

 

  • Representative course syllabi

1

 

Student evaluations of teaching are sent separately; see “Additional Materials” below.

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5

External Evaluations

1

 

1

 

  • A list (see Sample Table) of people from whom the external letters were solicited, including the rationales for their inclusion and indicating (with asterisks) those who replied and (without asterisks) those who did not reply
  • Copies of all responses received, including those from anyone who declined to give a formal response, with English translations of any written in a foreign language and typed copies of any handwritten letters

1

 

6

Publication information

  • A list of candidate publications chosen by the department to be submitted to the ad hoc committee. E.g.,
    • Selected significant articles and most recent articles (or other works)
    • Significant unpublished manuscript(s)
    • Books
  • In book fields, a list of all significant reviews of the candidate’s publications
  • In art-making fields, a list of selected significant creative works and most recent works chosen by the department to be submitted to the ad hoc committee, and a list of all significant reviews.

1

 

7

Citation information

In table format (See Sample Citation Table), if appropriate to the field:

  • Total citation count for the candidate and comparands
  • Citation count for each of the candidate’s publications

1

 

 

Additional Materials

Item

Contents

Number of Copies

Student Evaluations of Teaching

All student evaluations, with each course bookmarked and named by year, semester, course title, course number.

1 PDF sent electronically to assistant dean for the division

 

Publications, Reviews

  • The candidate publications chosen by the department to be submitted to the ad hoc committee. E.g.,
    • Selected significant articles and most recent articles (or other works)
    • Significant unpublished manuscript(s)
    • Books
  • In book fields, all significant reviews of the candidate’s publications
  • In art-making fields, copies, as appropriate, of selected significant creative works and most recent works chosen by the department to be submitted to the ad hoc committee, and all significant reviews.

 

  • 1 PDF sent electronically to assistant dean for the division. (Articles, reviews, etc. should be included in this PDF. If available, digital copies of books should also be included.)
  • In art-making fields, 1 PDF sent electronically to the assistant dean.

 

 

Ad Hoc Information

Item

Contents

Number of Copies

Information on the ad hoc committee

Ad hoc committee membership recommendations in a list from the chair (see Sample Table of Suggested Ad Hoc Committee Members) that includes the following:

  • The names of at least 10 active, full professors outside the University who might be asked to serve on the ad hoc committee. It is expected that the list will be diverse, including gender and racial/ethnic diversity, whenever possible. Include members’ title/rank, institution, year of Ph.D. if available, website, telephone, and e-mail address. Please note that the proposed members should not be:
    • External evaluators (except in exceptional cases: see Step 13).
    • Anyone who may have a conflict of interest with the case (e.g., advisers, coauthors, collaborators)
  • (Optional): scholars that the chair believes should not be on the ad hoc committee, with a corresponding explanation
  • Three or four non-departmental, active, tenured professors from any of the Harvard Faculties who might also serve on the committee
  • Three to four departmental witnesses, including the search/review committee chair, the department chair, and other faculty members who, in some cases, may represent a dissenting opinion

1 Excel document sent electronically to assistant dean for the division

 

 

(4)  Dossier Sample

 

(5)  Dossier Instructions

Please Read Carefully before Submission of the Dossier:

a.   CAP

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) reviews dossiers and makes recommendations to the Dean before the Dean decides whether to forward a dossier to the President for further review. CAP is scheduled to meet most Wednesdays during the academic year (the Office for Faculty Affairs will verify dates and times), and the dossiers are delivered to each CAP member two Fridays before the next meeting.

Note: A dossier is not submitted to CAP until the ad hoc coordinator has received a substantial number of the confidential letters written to the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS by each tenured member of the department. Letters should be sent electronically to the ad hoc coordinator, ryoung@fas.harvard.edu.

b.   Submission of Materials to the Assistant Dean  

The department should send the following items to the assistant dean for the division by March 1. If materials are received after this date, the case might not be scheduled for an ad hoc review until the following fall. This includes external appointments to tenured professor.

i.   1 electronic PDF of the dossier
ii.  1 electronic PDF of student teaching evaluations
iii. 1 electronic PDF of publications and (in book fields) all significant reviews. (Articles, reviews, etc. should be included in this PDF. If available, digital copies of books should also be included.) In art-making fields, 1 electronic PDF (if available) of creative works and all significant reviews.
iv. 1 electronic Excel document (see Sample Table of Suggested Ad Hoc Committee Members) containing ad hoc committee membership recommendations

All electronic materials must be sent through Accellion Kiteworks, secure document transfer: filetransfer.harvard.edu. When preparing the dossier, please follow the naming conventions described below in Section d., “How to Prepare an Electronic Dossier,” to facilitate storing and sharing of files.

Once the assistant dean confirms that the dossier and materials are complete, the department then forwards to the ad hoc coordinator the materials listed in Section c., “Submission of Materials to the Ad Hoc Coordinator.”  CAP will be scheduled no sooner than two weeks after the final dossier is complete.  

c.   Submission of Materials to the Ad Hoc Coordinator 

Please send 1 electronic PDF of the dossier to the ad hoc coordinator (ryoung@fas.harvard.edu):

Note: To preserve confidentiality, departments should not use external copy services to copy external letters and the case statement.

d.   How to Prepare an Electronic Dossier

i.  The electronic dossier should be a single PDF document. Assemble the dossier with the seven sections (i.e., Case Statement; Authorization Letter; Curriculum vitae, Statements; Teaching Materials; External Evaluations; Publication Information; Citation Information) arranged in the order shown in the sample in Section 4.B.4 (“Dossier Sample”) of this Handbook.

ii.  Naming conventions:

  • The file name of the electronic tenure dossier should contain alpha-numeric characters only (no dashes, commas, slashes, etc.).
     
  • Please name the file as follows: [Last Name] [First Name] [Department Name] tenure dossier [numerical Month, Date, and Year of dossier submission: XX YY ZZ]. E.g., Smith John Psychology tenure dossier 1 4 15.
     
  • If a dossier is revised and resubmitted, please repeat the original title, followed by “rev” and [Month of resubmission] [Date of resubmission] [Year of resubmission]. E.g., Smith John Psychology tenure dossier 1 4 15 rev 1 15 15.

iii.  Please use Accellion Kiteworks (secure document transfer) to send the completed dossier.

e.   How to Prepare a PDF of Student Evaluations of Teaching

i.   Please create a single PDF containing all student evaluations of teaching. Insert a bookmark for each course so that readers can move directly to individual courses. Clearly identify each course and its bookmark with the following information: course title, course number, semester and year. For more assembly instructions, please contact the divisional assistant dean with any questions.

ii.   Please use Accellion Kiteworks (secure document transfer) to send the completed document.

Note: The candidate should not solicit student (or postdoc) letters, and any unsolicited student (or postdoc) letters will not be included in the dossier. 

Departments should retain documents according to practices recommended by Harvard Archives at https://grs.harvard.edu/ (please log in).