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Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty Evaluation

UTSA has evaluation and promotion processes for tenure-track (Assistant Professor), tenured (Professor and Associate Professor), and non-tenured track faculty (who hold the titles of Lecturer, Professor of Research, and Professors in Practice) that are consistent with UTSA’s dedication to developing and maintaining excellent faculty.

Evaluation is intended to enhance and protect academic freedom while ensuring that faculty members are contributing to their field and meeting their responsibilities to UTSA and the State of Texas.

The information and guidelines for each process are made available here to assist faculty along the way.

Annual Performance Evaluation

All full-time faculty members and continuing part-time faculty members at UTSA must be evaluated annually for the purpose of merit review. Visit HOP 2.11 Annual Faculty Performance Appraisal for Merit Consideration for details.

Third-Year Review

All non-tenured faculty members with tenure track appointments receive a comprehensive review during the fall semester of their third year of full-time service to the university.

Promotion and Tenure

Applicable to all UTSA tenured and tenure-track faculty, the purpose of promotion at UTSA is to recognize and reward faculty with records of sustained professional accomplishment.

Comprehensive Periodic Evaluation

CPE of tenured faculty is a significant part of the faculty member’s long-term career development.

Promotion of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

UTSA offers a promotion process for NTT faculty with the titles of Lecturers, Professors of Research, and Professors in Practice. Visit HOP 2.50 Nontenure-Track Faculty Recruitment, Evaluation, and Promotion Processes for details.

Fixed Term-Track Faculty Promotion Guidelines

The process of faculty promotion is one of the most important activities undertaken by the university each year as it is one means by which the university upholds high standards and expectations for its faculty. It is the incumbent responsibility of all who are involved in the review process to read all applicable materials, deliberate the strengths and weaknesses of each case in good faith, independence, and with objectivity, and to observe confidentiality concerning the views of others, as revealed during review discussions.

Emeritus Application

Emeritus faculty status is an honorary designation by which a faculty member can maintain an official status with the university after separation of employment, and means for continuing scholarly activities post-retirement. The process of emeritus faculty review is undertaken by the university each year.

Peer Observation Guidelines

Peer evaluation is an effective tool for faculty development in the area of teaching. These guidelines provide recommendations and minimum requirements for the peer observation process.