Eligibility: To be eligible to serve on the P&T Committee, members must be tenured professors or associate professors not serving in any academic administrative position. To be eligible to serve as the Geography representative to the Earth and Mineral Sciences Promotion and Tenure Committee, the representative must be a tenured professor who has previous experience on the departmental promotion and tenure committee but has not served in the previous two years.
Size and Composition: The P&T Committee shall consist of five people including one elected chair and four elected members, two associate professors and three professors. There shall be one department representative to the EMS P&T Committee.
Election procedures: Elections shall be held at the end of each spring semester for the following academic year. All tenure-track and tenured faculty members, excluding those holding academic administrative appointments, are eligible to vote. A faculty member on sabbatical leave for the coming year is not eligible to be a candidate; current faculty on sabbatical leave are not eligible to vote. Election of the representative to the EMS committee shall be held first, followed by election for members of the Geography committee with each eligible faculty member voting for two candidates (unranked) to fill the two elected positions open each year (see explanation below of staggered terms). The top two vote recipients will be elected. Tie votes shall be resolved by a run-off election of those individuals receiving the same number of votes. The chair for the Geography committee will be held immediately once the members have been established.
Chair: The Chair shall be elected every year for a one-year term. The Chair must be a professor and be elected from among the three professors serving on the committee during the coming year. Chairs may serve multiple successive terms.
Representative: The representative to the EMS committee shall be elected for a two-year term and shall be eligible for renewal.
Members: Professors shall be elected for staggered three-year terms with a limit of one term followed by a two-year break during which time they are not eligible. Associate Professors shall be elected for a staggered two-year terms with no term limit. At the end of every spring semester two members shall be elected to serve for their appropriate term. Elected members may be either associate professors or professors. If the election results in more than two associate professors being on the Committee, this would violate the requirement that the Committee have three professors. In such a case, the elected associate professor receiving fewer votes is ineligible, and the professor receiving the next highest number of votes shall be chosen instead.
Vacancies: If a member of the P&TCommittee or the Representative to EMS resigns his/her position, or is unable to fill a full two-year term, a replacement of the same academic rank shall be elected.
Adopted by the Geography Faculty 3/13/13