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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Voting on Personnel Issues

Tenure-Track Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure

As a general rule, faculty members vote on appointments and promotions up to their own rank. Only tenured faculty* may vote on tenure cases or on promotions for tenured faculty. All tenured and tenure-track faculty vote on initial appointments of Assistant Professors. All faculty who are eligible to vote on personnel decisions are expected to participate.

Modified Professorial Appointments and Promotion

Faculty with modified professorial appointments vote on appointments and promotion for faculty with modified professorial appointments within their title range up to their rank. For example, Professors of the Practice vote for appointment of Associate or full Professors of the Practice or promotion to the rank of Professor of the Practice. Associate Professors of the Practice vote for appointment of Associate Professors of the Practice. All tenured faculty, regardless of rank, vote for appointment or promotion of any modified title faculty. For example, all tenured faculty, regardless of rank, may vote for appointment of Associate or full Professors of the Practice or promotion to the rank of Professor of the Practice.

*Note: In these guidelines, “tenured faculty” includes other faculty specifically accorded the rights and privileges of tenure. Professors emeritus are not eligible for voting on personnel decisions. Questions of further clarification may be referred to the Office of the CAS Dean.

Remote participation on faculty personnel cases

Among the most important tasks reserved for collective department faculty decision-making is deliberation about recommendations for hiring, contract renewal, tenure, and promotion. These decisions have far-reaching consequences for the quality of the department , the College, and Boston University and, of course, for the careers and lives of the individuals under consideration. In order to undertake these tasks with the utmost seriousness, all faculty participating in the decision must be prepared by reading the relevant material before the faculty meeting at which the decision will be discussed, and must be present at the meeting to participate in the deliberation. The deliberation itself – the discussion among faculty about the standards for decision-making, the evidence presented in the particular case and the appropriate interpretation of the evidence, and the weight of the evidence for the final decision – is essential to making a fully informed and considered decision at both the individual and collective levels. This is why no voting is permitted by faculty who are not present for the deliberation.

In rare cases a faculty member who wishes to be a party to the departmental recommendation on hiring, contract renewal, tenure, or promotion but cannot be present in the room where the deliberation is taking place may participate and therefore vote using remote means. For this to occur, all of the following circumstances must hold:

  1. The department faculty should have already indicated its approval of having remote participation in faculty personnel decisions in principle, unconnected with the case under consideration. A department that allows remote participation must be consistent across all cases and either implement this policy or not. Departments are advised to hold a discussion and vote on their department’s policy on remote participation before any specific case comes up in order to satisfy this condition, and forward the result to the Tenure and Promotion Coordinator, Alex Lundsted.
  2. The faculty member cannot be physically present for a compelling and appropriate personal or professional reason. An example is being on a lengthy research trip outside of the region but would not include having a schedule that makes it inconvenient to come to campus that day.
  3. The faculty member must have access to all documents required for preparation for deliberation in a manner appropriate for protection of confidentiality.
  4. The faculty member must be able to participate fully in the meeting remotely, meaning that the faculty member must have two-way video and audio presence so that the person at the remote base can see and hear and be seen and heard by the group on campus.
  5. If a faculty member cannot be physically present and votes remotely for one or more cases while away, the faculty member is expected to participate in all personnel decisions, either when present or when voting remotely is appropriate.

In order for a faculty member to participate in a faculty personnel decision remotely, the department chair should submit an email request to the appropriate Associate Dean of the Faculty detailing the reason for the remote participation and the plans for remote participation. In the case of tenure and promotion meetings the department chair should copy the Tenure and Promotion Coordinator, Alex Lundsted.

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