The Tenure Narrative is a narrative overview of and reflection on your years at Ohio Wesleyan. The Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC) solicits this additional document from you in order to gain a better perspective on your contributions here during your entire probationary period. In particular, it will note evidence of past professional growth and promise of continued growth. You are invited to submit any information you believe to be relevant to your teaching and other activities, your scholarly development, and your university and community service. You are especially encouraged to emphasize important trends (e.g., in teaching competence, research), to explain special relationships (e.g., between teaching and research, and university service), and to describe your goals for the future at Ohio Wesleyan.
We recommend that you do not simply repeat what is already contained in your self-report. We read that document as well and prefer that the tenure narrative contain something more. We suggest that you connect the dots in your academic career. Tell us about any shifts in your teaching or scholarship and why you made those shifts. Show the line that connects the start of your career at Ohio Wesleyan to where you are now. Project that line into the future and tell us what you plan to accomplish in the next five or ten years. We also recommend that you comment on how your teaching, scholarship, and service connect. Do they support and reinforce each other?
Above all, you should make the case for the awarding of tenure. This is a onetime decision that is not presumed to be positive. The Faculty Personnel Committee does not seek reasons for the denying of tenure but rather must be convinced that sufficient evidence exists for the granting of tenure. The tenure narrative is where you have the most freedom to make the case for tenure most strongly.
The tenure narrative is made available to your peer evaluators, members of the Faculty Personnel Committee, the Provost, and the President. The tenure narrative is not provided to student boards.
Submitting a Tenure Narrative
All Tenure Narratives are collected electronically through an online form. The link to the Tenure Narrative form is given below. This link will not be active until you are specifically invited to submit your tenure narrative sometime in mid-August.
The online Tenure Narrative form is self-explanatory; instructions on the form itself will walk you through the submission process. The instructions here simply provide an overview of the process.
- When you are invited to fill in the electronic form, click on the above URL, then sign in to the web site using your OWU email username and password.
- Copy and paste from the word-processing version of your Tenure Narrative into the space provided on the electronic form. Note that the formatting (e.g., italics, bold, paragraph indentation) will not transfer and may need to be adjusted.
- Click the Preview button to proof your Tenure Narrative as it will appear to members of the FPC. If the paragraphs are not separated by a blank line, please insert a blank link between paragraphs to improve readability.
- When you are satisfied with its content and appearance, click Finish.
- Sign your name by typing it in the signature box provided and then click Submit.
Be certain to preview your tenure narrative before submission. If text runs off the right or left side of the PDF or it otherwise does not look right, please contact the Provost's office before submitting your tenure narrative.
The Faculty Personnel Committee uses feedback from Ohio Wesleyan alumni in evaluating faculty for tenure. Former students are queried in the belief that the opinions of graduates, who have had time to reflect on their college experiences, should be taken into account. These evaluations are provided only to members of the Faculty Personnel Committee. To facilitate this process, you will provide the Office of the Provost with a list of 25 Ohio Wesleyan graduates who have taken one or more of your courses. Online questionnaires will be sent to 20 of these (the last five names will be used as alternates in case some addresses cannot be found) and to a like number of former students selected by the Provost. The Provost's office will request this information from you in May, and your submission will be due by mid-June. Please do not submit names until requested to do so.
Some candidates for tenure ask if they should contact alumni prior to submitting their name as a potential evaluator. There is no requirement to contact potential alumni evaluators, but you are not prohibited from doing so. Contacting them ahead of time may increase the likelihood that they will respond to the request for an evaluation.
The alumni evaluation form asks alumni evaluators to rate tenure candidates on seven (7) qualities and to provide responses for two (2) free-response prompts. Alumni complete the evaluation form online.
Members of the Faculty Personnel Committee have access to all your previous self-reports and counseling letters. We read these documents in tenure evaluations.