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Department Chair's Letter (if appropriate)

FHB 7.4.3:  When called for by unit guidelines, the department chair also submits a recommendation to the dean and the faculty member.

Topics for the Chair to address in the letter should include but not be limited to:

  • a statement that clarifies how the unit/department weighs teaching, scholarship and service and how those standards apply to the candidate
  • a statement that analyzes and contextualizes the nature and significance of the candidate's teaching, scholarship and service in relationship to the standards and expectations of the candidate's department and discipline
  • Teaching - it is very helpful to the University PTC if the Chairs frames the work the faculty member is doing in terms of the importance to the program, service to other majors, size of class, challenges and successes and effectiveness of teaching. Advising role within the department/unit as an advisor. If the faculty member has no formal advising role this should be mentioned also.  This will really give the unit perspective to the Promotion & Tenure Committee.
  • Scholarship/artistic achievements -important to discuss in broad non-program specific language the importance of the body of work to the unit. The committee appreciates the broad description to include not only outline of the quantity of work but the quality and the value of the work to the unit/discipline
  • Service - importance of the candidate's service to the unit, the Pacific community and any local or national service provided.
  • Summary - this should include a clear recommendation regarding Promotion and or Tenure