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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a two-part task force to update VCU’s Promotion and Tenure (P&T) Policy. One part will consider tenure eligible/tenured faculty members and the other will address term faculty members.

The university’s existing P&T Policy was created more than a decade ago and so much has changed since then. Our faculty members deserve a modern evaluation process that fairly, equitably, and transparently accounts for a wide variety of activities across research, scholarship, community engagement, pedagogy, service, and other duties and responsibilities faculty members perform.  We should have confidence in the consistent level of excellence that the process demands across all of our many different academic units.

VCU’s Quest 2028 strategic plan includes a goal to “retain and attract a diverse community of highly qualified faculty and staff that reflects a culture where everyone matters and belongs, and ensure the culture supports career satisfaction and growth,” with success metrics that include increases in tenure-track faculty positions and faculty retention. Updating the university’s P&T Policy is a critical step in that work.

I ask the task force to submit their final recommendations no later than January 31, 2024 for the consideration of the Provost.

Thank you to the faculty members, Faculty Senate representatives, and associate deans from units throughout the university who have agreed to work on the task force. And thank you to all VCU faculty for all that you do for VCU and the students that we serve together.


Michael Rao