Committee on Academic Priorities Guidelines for Position Requests

Committee on Academic Priorities Guidelines for Position Requests

Guidelines for Requests for Tenure Track and Continuing Non-Tenure Track Positions for 2022-2023 (May 2, 2022)

Departments or programs wishing to request a tenure-track or continuing non-tenure track position are required to send a 1–2-page letter of intent that briefly outlines the position to be proposed, and then a full proposal just after Thanksgiving (November 30, 2022). The letter of intent must be sent to CAP in electronic format no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Full proposals should use the template located on the CAP web page and should not exceed 12 pages.  They must be submitted in electronic format to the Committee on Academic Priorities, via Tina Bockius – cbockius@brynmawr.edu.

The schedule for submitting a position proposal is as follows:

By Fall Break - October 5:

  • Department/program submits a 1–2-page letter of intent that includes the following:
    • a brief statement of the reason/need for the position
    • a statement of how the proposed position addresses the College’s mission and Strategic Directions
    • a description of how the proposed position could be relevant to other departments, programs or individuals at the College
    • a reflection on your department’s/program’s most recent (within the last 5 years) proposal to CAP and CAP’s response to your proposal at that time
    • an indication of whether or not a listening meeting is requested
  • Position request letters of intent will be posted to the CAP website.
  • CAP Chair sends message to all faculty inviting them to look at these letters of intent.
  • CAP encourages proposing department/program to consult with other departments, programs, and individuals who should be or wish to be part of conceptualizing the position.  These consultations may lead to letters of support for the full proposal, but such letters are not required.

Just after Thanksgiving - November 30:

  • Full proposals due to CAP (using template and submitted electronically)

A proposal for a tenure track or continuing non-tenure track position must use the template posted on the CAP web page

January-March:

  • CAP conducts a formal meeting with each department/program

March-April:

  • CAP provides its recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees
  • CAP submits its Annual Report to the faculty

April-May:

  • The President and the Board of Trustees make their final decisions

CAP examines each position request in terms of:

  • its relation to the College’s mission and Strategic Directions;
  • its contributions to short- and long-term departmental, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary directions;
  • its impact on overall faculty resources at Bryn Mawr and in the Bi-Co, including our capacity to respond to sabbatical leaves;
  • opportunities to enhance the diversity of our faculty;
  • the history of previous requests from this department or program to CAP;
  • in the case of CNTT requests, see the established guidelines on the nature of CNTT appointments (Attachment).
  • Bi-Co departments and program requests will be considered in consultation with Haverford’s Strategic Curriculum and Personnel Committee (SCPC)

A proposal for a tenure track or continuing non-tenure track position must use the template outlined here (electronic document located below) and must include the following:

Departments or programs requesting a tenure track or continuing non-tenure track position must submit a completed proposal by November 30, 2022 (in electronic format to CAP via Tina Bockius – cbockius@brynmawr.edu). The final proposal should be no longer than 12 pages, excluding tables related to staffing and the 5-year plan. Proposals must include:

  • A detailed description of the proposed position.
     
  • A statement of how the position would contribute to short- and long-term departmental needs and disciplinary directions as well as to the College’s mission, academic priorities (e.g., contribution to interdisciplinary programs, Emily Balch Seminars, postbac or graduate programs, Praxis program, etc.), and strategic directions.
     
  • A description of how the position would contribute to the offerings, curricular demands, and the long-range goals and plans of other departments and programs.  PLEASE NOTE: In contrast to previous years, now we do not ask for supporting letters from those departments or programs.
     
  • A long-range (5-year) staffing plan that addresses how the Department’s curriculum and its contributions to other programs will be covered.
     
  • Student enrollment figures for the past five academic years. (Note: student enrollment should be broken down by introductory and advanced courses; include numbers of majors, indicating 1) how many senior majors and 2) how many junior majors there have been for each of the past five years and, for departments with graduate programs, numbers of graduate students. This should also include some analysis of trends in the data. The Registrar should be able to provide raw data, which can be included in your request).

  • A reflection on how the position could improve Bi-College curricular cooperation. Please include, if appropriate, letters from counterpart departments or programs at Haverford commenting on the proposal.

In addition, please include:

  • A description of the applicant pool for the proposed position. It is particularly important to include specific information on the potential candidate pool from underrepresented groups within the professional discipline(s) being recruited and the specific area(s) being proposed. If available, please include relevant demographic data from professional educational associations, e.g., Mellon Mays Fellowship Program, Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges, etc.
     
  • An estimate of the costs associated with the position, e.g., laboratory construction or renovation and startup funds.

Template for Proposals for Tenure Track and Continuing Non-Tenure Track Positions for 2022-2023:  Template for Proposals

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