Resources for Tenure-Track Faculty

 HIGHLINE COLLEGE     Revised Criteria for Tenure       Approved: May 21, 2014

Faculty will provide evidence of quality teaching and a concern for improving the quality of their teaching. Effective faculty:

A. Show commitment to student learning. This includes planning, organizing, and creating an interactive, cooperative, and mutually respectful learning environment, incorporating research-based practices to teaching and assessment.

B. Challenge learners intellectually. This includes encouraging students to ask questions, confront limits, recognize complexities, think critically, and challenge assumptions.

C. Practice culturally responsive instruction. This includes designing curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment that are relevant to students; valuing what students already know; and empowering students to demonstrate knowledge in multiple ways as appropriate for the discipline(s) or program(s).

D. Communicate effectively. This includes conveying information and expectations clearly, listening carefully, encouraging students to communicate, and acting with respect, enthusiasm, and empathy toward students.

E. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity. This includes, but is not limited to, being professional, honest, and ethical in the selection and delivery of course content.
HCEA Agreement (Faculty Contract) Section 301-Academic Freedom

F. Assess student learning outcomes and use assessment data to modify instruction.

Faculty will provide evidence of self-reflective practice and continued growth. Effective faculty:

A. Participate in faculty development opportunities related to their discipline, program, and/or methods of teaching.

B. Remain current in their discipline(s)/program(s). This includes participating in the design, assessment, review and revision of courses, where appropriate, in response to developments in their area.

C. Expand their knowledge of the institution. This includes developing knowledge of the institution's students, programs, services, and communities.

D. Evaluate and effectively incorporate technologies as appropriate to their discipline(s), program(s), and pedagogy.

Faculty will conduct themselves professionally. Effective faculty:

A. Fulfill individual responsibilities delineated by the negotiated contract between the College and HCEA.

B. Establish and maintain respectful, ethical, and professional relationships with students and colleagues.

C. Demonstrate cultural responsiveness in interactions with students and co-workers, and within the community.


Faculty will show evidence that they serve students, the campus, the community, and their profession, consistent with their assigned responsibilities. Effective faculty:

A. Serve students. This may include engaging in academic advising, referring students to appropriate resources, speaking to student groups, recruiting students, and supporting student-centered extracurricular activities.

B. Serve the college. This may include participating in committee work and shared governance, developing curriculum, performing appropriate administrative tasks, fostering collegiality among faculty, and participating in college-related community activities.

C. Serve the profession. This may include participating in professional organizations and accrediting activities, serving on local/ regional/national/international committees and boards, and giving presentations or lectures.