Evaluation, Renewal and Advancement of Term Faculty Appointments

Who is covered?

All term faculty at ISU are covered by these appointment policies. These include:

  • Teaching Faculty (assistant, associate and full teaching professor and lecturer)
  • Practice Faculty (assistant, associate, full professor)
  • Clinical Faculty (assistant, associate, full professor)
  • Research Faculty (assistant, associate, full professor)
  • Adjunct Faculty (assistant, associate, full professor)
  • Affiliate Faculty (assistant, associate, full professor)

P&S staff with faculty rank-only titles shall follow the term faculty advancement policies only with regard to their faculty title.

Forms of review

There are three types of faculty review:

  • Annual performance review (conducted by chair or designee)
  • Review for renewal of appointment (includes peer review)
  • Review for advancement (includes peer review)

Annual performance review 

Term faculty (full-time and part-time) shall receive an annual performance review by the chair (or designee). The review shall follow FH and department guidelines.

Review for renewal

Term faculty appointments are eligible for renewal based upon the quality of performance and the continuing need of the unit. Term faculty members, full-time and part-time, shall be reviewed by an appropriate faculty committee before the end of third year after the initial appointment date. Peer reviews shall take place every three years (not counting annual reviews) OR at appointment renewal time, whichever is greater. 

Review for advancement

All term faculty may be proposed for advancement to the next rank according to the schedule and current time at rank as specified in FH Section Colleges and departments specify procedures in their governance documents for advancing term faculty.

Term faculty appointments at the assistant rank are eligible for promotion to the associate level after 5 years of employment as a faculty member at ISU (full or part time) or equivalent experience. They must meet the standards for appointment identified in FH Section For term research faculty, external letters must be included in the review for advancement. 


Recommendation materials for the advancement of term faculty are due from the colleges to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost on March 1. Candidates should check with their departments to be aware of earlier department and college-level submission deadlines.  

Advancement dossier materials

Advancement materials submitted by candidates to their departments for review may vary by college and discipline. However, it is expected that candidates provide an advancement dossier that aligns with their Position Responsibility Statement (PRS) and that demonstrates the quality and effectiveness of their work (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer evaluation of teaching, sample course syllabi, advising accomplishments, list of publications or grants, clinical caseload, etc.). These advancement materials should be reviewed at the department level.  The candidate’s dossier should be prepared in accordance with the college’s guidelines and/or advancement template. Each candidate’s advancement dossier should contain the following materials:

  • Cover sheet (DOC, 33KB). The standard university cover sheet is to be completed by the department for each case and forwarded with the candidate’s materials.
  • All Position Responsibility Statements (PRS) utilized during the review period. For affiliate faculty only: provide instead any affiliation agreements utilized during the review period.
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • A summary of candidate accomplishments.  Each college has established guidelines for the candidate’s summary of accomplishments. This narrative summary should list and provide detail and context regarding the candidate’s accomplishments during the review period. The candidate summary should be limited to 10 pages.

See the following college-level templates and guidelines: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine


The advancement review process starts at the department level and is described in the department governance document. Information about advancement eligibility, criteria, process and deadlines is available in the department. 

Once faculty candidate advancement materials are submitted, a peer review by department faculty will take place and a vote recorded. In some departments, there is a review committee that votes, in other departments all eligible faculty vote. These details are clarified in the department governance document. The department chair also reviews and votes on advancement before forwarding to the college dean for review and recommendation. The dean then forwards the dossier and all votes to the Senior Vice President and Provost for a final decision.

NOTE:  External review letters are NOT part of the process (except for Research Faculty).


The Senior Vice President and Provost will notify candidates of the final decision on advancement by May 1

Effective dates of advancement

Term faculty approved for advancement will begin in new faculty titles at the beginning of the next academic year (July 1 for 12-month appointments and August 16 for 9-month appointments).  A standardized advancement increment will be added to the faculty member’s base salary according to institutional guidelines. The salary increment is in addition to, not a substitute for, any annual merit increase. 

Policy issues related to term faculty appointments and evaluation 

Please consult the Faculty Handbook Chapters 3 and 5 on term faculty appointment and evaluation.  

Updated July 2019