Mid-Probationary Review

For Tenure-Track Faculty

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing faculty members with informative and meaningful feedback. It is especially important that tenure-track faculty undergo a comprehensive review midway through their probationary service in order to assess if the faculty member is on a reasonable trajectory toward promotion and tenure. The following are required areas for review, in accordance with the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2160:

  • Teaching, both undergraduate and graduate.
  • Research, creative activities, and other scholarly effort.
  • Advising, counseling, and other student services.
  • Administrative and committee service.
  • Public service to the nation, state and community.
  • Other evidence of merit or recognition, such as fellowships, grants, honors, and election to office in scholarly or professional organizations.

Each college and school has developed a mid-probationary review policy, and links to those can be found on this page (see Other Resources). Common elements of the policies include:

  • The review will be conducted between the fifth and seventh semester of probationary service. (The review can be delayed in some situations.)
  • An evaluation committee will oversee the review.
  • The tenure-track faculty member will receive written feedback with a copy provided to the chairperson, as well as to the dean in departmentalized colleges and schools.
  • The nature of the review will be evaluative and developmental.
  • Unsuccessful reviews can form the basis of a non-renewal recommendation to the dean and provost in accordance with Regents’ Rule 31002.