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Executive Vice President and Provost

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Executive Vice President and Provost

Philips Memorial Hall
Room 103
700 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3405

Dr. R. Lorraine Bernotsky
Executive Vice President and Provost

Jennifer Loeper
Executive Associate to the Provost

Faculty Personnel Items

Hiring, Evaluation, Promotion, Sabbatical, & Tenure

Complete the electronic forms online and then save as .pdf files. If the document is a checklist for evaluation, please print only, as the checklists are not interactive. The documents can be printed to obtain the necessary signatures. Please be sure to use these updated documents in place of any that you may have on hand the electronic versions are updated regularly.

As in the past, the majority of the forms are printed on specific colors of paper. The color (ex: Salmon) is written at the top and the end/bottom of the form. If no color is noted, submit on plain white paper. After a form has been completed, please remember to save your work.

Please note that these documents are not to be sent electronically for submission or signature. Please follow the usual procedures/processes for signature or approval using a hard copy on the appropriate paper. As these forms are part of an application, they should be submitted as a complete package and not sent electronically. Please let us know if you have any questions at 610-436-3405.

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Request for Early Tenure Consideration

Procedures and Guidelines (March 2011)

  • As provided for in Article 15 B., requests to count time spent in a temporary position(s) at a PA State System university as credit toward the probationary period at WCU will be considered as early as following the completion of the second year tenure track evaluation and as late as the start of the 7th semester in a tenure track position. Requests received earlier than the second year review cycle will be held until the second year review is completed.
  • The process may be initiated by either the faculty member or the department. If requested by the faculty member, he/she will initiate the procedure by submitting a written request to the department chair. The department chair will bring the request to the department which will make a recommendation to the Provost as the President's designee within 4 weeks (of the academic calendar) of receiving the request. The department is encouraged to use its normal process for decision making. As part of the process, the Provost may consult with the appropriate dean. The Provost will then consider the department recommendation and make a determination on the request. The faculty member and department chair will be informed in writing of the decision within 4 weeks of receiving the department's recommendation.
  • Individuals approved to apply for early tenure may submit their materials at the next appropriate deadline following approval (i.e. November 1 for tenure & promotion or January 20 for tenure only) OR the applicant may choose not to apply for early tenure and submit their materials in year 5 of the probationary period. Materials will be considered using the regular tenure and promotion process. He/she will be considered for tenure during the upcoming spring.
  • A copy of the Provost's letter granting early tenure application will be attached to the tenure application in the tenure dossier materials.
  • Any semester a probationary faculty member is on a leave from the University (with or without pay) of a sufficient length that student rating and peer observation data cannot be collected will not be counted in determining eligibility.
  • The information about this process will be provided to faculty hired into a tenure-track position that have held faculty positions at one or more of the 14 PASSHE universities prior to hiring into a tenure track position. It will also be provided to the chair.

Sabbatical - Memo from the SaLe

TO: All Tenured Faculty

RE: Sabbatical Applications

The Sabbatical Leave Committee invites all tenured faculty to apply for this year's round of sabbatical leaves. The guidelines and criteria for judging sabbatical leave proposals, as well as deadlines, are stated in the WCU Statement of Sabbatical Policies and Procedures approved by President Fiorentino and Mark Rimple, President, Local APSCUF and dated May 6, 2016.

Please be advised: all applications MUST BE complete, including the cover checklist, all pages of the form, and all required signatures. A single hard copy is to be submitted to the Provost's office, by 4 pm on the date due, March 15, 2017. No incomplete applications will be considered.

Also, please adhere to word limits indicated in the application form.

Timeline for submissions:

March 15
Faculty member submits sabbatical application to Provost's office
May 16
SaLe Committee submits recommendations to the President or his/her designee
July 1
The President or his/her designee notifies faculty of sabbatical leaves granted

Please remember: The Faculty member is responsible for obtaining Chairperson's and Dean's comments and signatures and for delivery of the completed proposal to the Provost's office. Incomplete applications or applications received after the published deadlines will not be reviewed by the SaLe Committee.

Final Note: Review of proposals will occur only during the spring semester of each academic year. Because sabbatical applications must be submitted at least two semesters in advance, faculty members cannot apply in the spring semester for a sabbatical to be taken in the fall semester immediately following submission of the application. Applications for leave for any fall semester must be submitted 3 semesters in advance. For example, a proposal submitted in the spring of 2017 could apply for a sabbatical in spring of 2018, fall of 2018 or spring of 2019. A faculty member may not submit a proposal in spring 2017 for leave to be taken in fall 2017.

Please direct any questions regarding the process to: Katherine Morrison or Graham MacPhee, Co-Chairs, SaLe Committee.

Teacher-Scholar Model

West Chester University's strategic plan emphasizes a teacher-scholar connection. Each department has developed a teacher-scholar model which defines the ways faculty members bring their scholarship into their teaching and their teaching into their scholarship. West Chester University teacher-scholars actively engage students in connecting the life of the mind to the world in which they live through the exploration of scholarship.

The WCU teacher-scholar model serves to facilitate faculty members' efforts to meet professional and/or accreditation standards by exposing students to knowledge, skills, and dispositions required in each discipline.

New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to the West Chester University community! I offer my sincerest congratulations on your appointment as a faculty member. Hiring and welcoming new faculty is one of the most important aspects of the position of Executive Vice President and Provost. Your department chairperson, dean, and I know that tenure-track faculty hired this year will play a critical role in the future developments of departments and the University as a whole. Therefore, we share a special interest in your future success at WCU.

Read more about New Faculty Orientation

Civic Engagement and Leadership

West Chester University is actively committed to promoting and integrating civic engagement and student leadership across the campus community. West Chester University seeks to impart knowledge, skills, and values that make a direct and purposeful contribution to the preparation of student for active civic participation. Civic engagement is designed to develop learning that contributes to student preparation for community or public involvement in a diverse, democratic society.