Reappointment decisions are based upon an evaluation of teaching, scholarly or artistic engagement and contributions to the College community. While all three criteria are considered significant, two are of paramount importance at the time of reappointment. Candidates for reappointment will be expected to have shown sufficient strength as teachers and promise as scholars or artists to justify re-appointment leading to a tenure decision. This means that, while non-tenured faculty members will be judged in part on their contributions to the College community, including college, departmental and program committees, they should not become immersed in institutional functions at the expense of either their teaching or their scholarly or artistic work.

Normal Timeline

  • Fall semester of the first year of the initial four-year appointment: Candidate meets with department chair, Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Affirmative Action Officer.
  • End of the second semester of the first year of the initial four-year appointment: Candidate meets with department chair and at least one other tenured member of the department. A letter summarizing this discussion will be written by the department chair, a copy given to the candidate and a copy sent to the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs to be placed in the candidate’s file.
  • Fall semester of the third year of appointment: Reappointment review commences.
    • By November 15: Candidate provides evaluation materials to department or committee chair.
    • By January 15: The department chair submits written evaluation letter and formal recommendation to the Dean for Academic Affairs.
    • By March 1: The Dean for Academic Affairs communicates the final decision to candidate.


  1. The candidate’s self-evaluative statement covering teaching, scholarship or artistic work, and college service. The statement should include an indication of the candidate’s plans for scholarly or artistic work in the next few years.
  2. The candidate’s up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  3. All syllabi and any other course materials (e.g. assignments, exams), used during the semesters the candidate has been teaching at the College, including the semester of the review.
  4. Evidence of scholarly or artistic engagement (e.g. publications, works produced, works exhibited, works in progress, reviews of works, papers presented).
  5. Other materials the candidate considers relevant.
  6. All College Student Opinion forms and numeric summary data for courses taught at Bowdoin.
  7. Departments may require the submission of their separate departmental forms.