- Start entering your info in Activity Insight now.
- Encourage your students to fill out the SRTEs* in your courses. They can complete them on their cell phones during class.
- Get on the program of at least one conference a year.
- Get to know others publishing in your specialty.
- Take advantage of summers for research.
- Discuss your research goals with your division head; expectations vary for different disciplines. Try consistently to have projects in all stages of the pipeline (in progress, submitted, under review, accepted).
- Ask colleagues to share their narrative statements with you.
- Aim for significant, valuable service that does not come at the expense of your research.
- Make sure you familiarize yourself with guidelines and requirements regarding COVID-19, if applicable.
- At the end of each review, read letters written at all levels.
*SRTEs = Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness, PSU’s teaching evaluation forms
- Several times a semester, make a list of your advisees and record the longest list.
- Keep copies of conference programs.
- Keep emails or letters of acceptance. (If sent to co-author, get a copy.)
- Keep copies of publications (not just the manuscripts). You will provide electronic copies of each publication for each level of review.
- If you publish a book, get two copies for second- and fourth-years (ten for tenure-year). The division will usually pay for these.
- Keep a copy of your grant applications.
- Please note that even though it is your second-, fourth-, or sixth-year review, your dossier is completed at the end of your first, third, and fifth years, respectively.
- By March of each review year, you will receive emails from the ADAA and P&T Coordinator with instructions and deadlines.
- Do not take the word of colleagues regarding deadlines; there are different timelines for different levels of review.
- For second-year reviews, a draft of your narrative statement is due to your division head in mid-July, and a draft of your second-year dossier is due in mid-August. (For fourth-year reviews and beyond, as well as all promotions, narrative statements are due April 1, and dossier drafts are due May 30).
- In the fall, the P&T Coordinator will be in touch with questions and edits.
The Fine Print
- Nothing in these tips comes with a guarantee of tenure and promotion.
- Penn State’s unofficial P&T motto is “no surprises.”
- Know that we want you to be successful.