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Article 42 Tenure Review
(October 23, 2006)

  • What is tenure?
  • Answer: Tenure is the granting of permanent status to a faculty member by the Board of Trustees.

  • Who receives tenure in the LACCD district?
  • Answer: Newly hired fulltime faculty that satisfactorily completes their 4-year probationary period.

  • How does a faculty member become tenured?
  • Answer: If there is a satisfactory evaluation at the end of the fourth probationary year, the college forwards a recommendation to the Board of Trustees that the faculty member be tenured.
    Every year, the probationary faculty member is evaluated by their evaluation committee. If the faculty member receives a satisfactory evaluation, then the college will forward a recommendation to the Board of Trustees that the probationary faculty be maintained for another probationary year.

  • Who evaluates me as a probationary faculty member?
  • Answer: A tenure review committee will evaluate the probationary faculty member every year. The committee membership is constant throughout the 4 year probationary period.

  • Who sits on my tenure review committee?
  • Answer: Committee memberships consist of voting members and non-voting members that evaluate the performance of the probationary faculty member. The voting members are the department chair and two tenured faculty members from the department. The non-voting members are an administrator and a tenured faculty member (non-department member) appointed by the Academic Senate.

  • What does the tenure review committee consider when they evaluate me?
  • Answer: Every year the tenure review committee prepares an evaluation plan and informs the probationary faculty member of the evaluation plan. The plan may include the consideration of the following items.

    • Documents that will be requested from the probationary faculty member such as tests, syllabus, assignments, course handouts, and relevant course work.
    • The extent in which data will be collected from students, peers, and administrators.
    • General schedule in which the committee will acquire these documents
    • Potential use of student’s evaluations.
    • Possible preparation of a portfolio.
    • Classroom observations.
  • When does a tenure review committee evaluate a probationary faculty member?
  • Answer: Evaluations shall be conducted during the fall semesters, so that recommendations can be made to the Board of Trustees by March 15. However, classroom visitations, student evaluations, and data collection can occur all year long.