In spring 2019, President Daniels, in consultation with Provost Kumar and the university’s deans, convened the Faculty Advisory Committee on Tenure (FACT) to explore the merits of establishing a university-level advisory committee to assist the president in his existing role in the university tenure process. Please click here to see the list of Committee members. The Committee has now issued its final report, which is available for download here.
Since first convening in April 2019, the FACT conducted extensive consultations and research, meeting with numerous faculty colleagues, as well as relevant committees of the board of trustees. Specifically, the FACT chair and/or Committee members have met with:
The FACT also contacted two dozen faculty and university leaders at Ivy Plus peers regarding their respective approaches to and experiences with university-level tenure review. After developing initial recommendations, it put its draft report out for two months of faculty comment, receiving 148 comments from individual faculty across the university, as well as written comments from the Bloomberg School of Public Health Faculty Senate, the Carey Academic Board, and the Homewood Faculty Assembly. Those comments led to a number of substantive revisions to the Committee’s recommendations, described further below.
In its report, the Committee concludes that, if carefully constructed to address stated concerns, a university-level faculty advisory committee at Johns Hopkins would provide the president with a greater depth and breadth of faculty perspectives at a critical stage in the tenure process and enhance shared governance. Therefore, it is recommending to the president and provost that Johns Hopkins University take steps to establish a standing faculty-led Tenure Advisory Committee (TAC). Its specific recommendations around the TAC’s scope, composition, and procedures are described in the report. It is further recommending that this committee be instituted for three years and then rigorously evaluated before being made permanent.
President Daniels has agreed to adopt the recommendations of the report in full with the following modifications, made after receiving further input from the schools, including input and concurrence from the Homewood Academic Council:
The Committee extends its thanks to the many faculty colleagues who offered their insights throughout this process, helping to shape its report.
Key Changes to the Report’s Recommendations from its Original Draft
Scope of Authority of the Tenure Advisory Committee
Committee Procedures and Timing