Foothill College Tenure Review
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Welcome to the Tenure Review webpage, a resource for Tenure Review Committee members and probationary faculty.

Faculty wishing to serve on a Tenure Review Committee must complete a Tenure Review training session; workshops are offered on Foothill Opening Day prior to the start of Fall Quarter and are usually available other times during the academic year. After completing training, faculty volunteering for Tenure Review service must be confirmed by the Academic Senate. 

The Tenure Review “Core” Committee consists of the dean (or other appropriate administrator) of the tenure candidate's division and two faculty nominated by division faculty and approved by the Academic Senate. The Core Committee elects one of its members to serve as the committee chair. During Phases I and II, the Core Committee is augmented by the affiliated Vice President and an at-large tenured faculty from outside the division appointed by the Academic Senate. The Vice President may act as a consultant during Phase III.

For each of the three Phases, if all the evaluation duties delegated to him or her are satisfactorily completed, faculty who serve as a department/program/division or as the at-large representative receive one unit (quarter system) of professional growth activity (PGA); faculty who serve as the Committee chair receive two units. Faculty applying for PGA or PAA record these units on Appendix O3 of the FHDA/FA Agreement (

The Tenure Review process is governed by two documents: Article 6A of the FHDA/FA Agreement ( and the Tenure Review Handbook, which expands and codifies the language of Article 6A. Tenure Review Committee members and probationary faculty are encouraged to become familiar with both documents. Additional information and samples are available in the Tenure Review Supplemental Packet, written by the Foothill Tenure Review Orientation Group (Tenure Review Coordinator, Academic Senate President, FA representative). Topics covered include resources for candidates, critical areas of the process, phase overviews and final reports, evaluation procedures (for both the J1 Administrative/Peer Evaluation and the J2 Student Evaluation), academic freedom and cultural competence.

Tenure Review Handbook 2013-2016 (PDF)
Tenure Review Supplemental Packet 2013-2016 (PDF)
Guidelines for Online J1 Administrative/Peer Evaluation (PDF)
Script for Administering J2 Student Evaluation (PDF)

Forms linked below can be used by the committee during each Phase. Evaluators should take care to choose the correct versions of Phase and evaluations forms. Please note: downloading these forms requires Adobe's free Acrobat Reader application.

Committee Schedule of Meetings, Evaluations (for Committee Members, Candidate, Tenure Review Coordinator)

Evaluations (for Committee members)

Signature Form (for Committee members)


Faculty & Staff Resources