Department of Political Science
Individual Promotions Committee Policy
Revised Fall 2013

(1) It is the policy of the department that all junior faculty shall be assigned an Individual Promotions Committee (IPC) of at least two members of the full primary committee (i.e., associate and full professors), with the responsibility of synthesizing and writing up an annual review of the faculty member’s progress toward promotion and tenure based on the discussions in the full primary committee meeting each year.

(2) Formation of the committee: Formation of the IPC should normally occur no later than the second year of the appointment for new faculty. The IPC shall be constituted by the department head, in consultation with the candidate.

(3) Duties of the IPC: The IPC should take the lead in presenting the faculty member’s progress toward promotion and tenure to the full primary committee on a yearly basis. After the discussions of the full primary committee, the IPC is then responsible for drafting a written summary of the primary committee’s feedback to the candidate regarding his or her progress toward promotion and tenure. This summary is to be reviewed and approved by the Department Head before being delivered to the candidate in writing and in a personal meeting including the Head, the IPC, the mentor, and the candidate, normally by the end of the academic year.

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