Department of Political Science
Junior Faculty Professional Development Plan
Year ______ (1,2,3,4,5,6) in the tenure track period
Probationary faculty must write a Faculty Professional Development Plan to be submitted
with their annual update. The preeminent goal is to better help untenured faculty develop
the best possible plan for promotion and tenure. The plan is not a contract and is not
binding on any faculty member. Revisions can and should be made as new opportunities
arise. This document should outline the faculty member’s plan and timeline for
accomplishing research and teaching goals in order to present the best possible case for
promotion and tenure. It should also provide evidence regarding progress made to date
since the last plan was submitted. The faculty member will submit the plan with the
Annual Update at the end of each calendar year, and will receive feedback from the
Executive Committee regarding the goals, timeline and strategies proposed. These
development plans are for use within the Department of Political Science to assist faculty
and will not be circulated to other UNT offices.
Briefly, the plan should first specify the broad goals in developing a suitable record for
tenure and promotion, and the research agenda one will pursue. Second, the plan should
specify the extent to which the faculty member will produce book(s), articles, book
chapters, as well as the need for external and internal funding to accomplish these
objectives. The faculty member should describe the types and mix of journals and
publishers to which (s)he will submit manuscripts. Third, the plan will specify a timeline
within which these goals and submissions should take place. Fourth, the plan should
address the extent to which its goals are being fulfilled with each passing year, and the
degree to which the achievement of these goals strengthens the case for tenure and
promotion. The plan should not be more than two pages, single-spaced with 12 pt font.
This plan, by providing the Executive Committee with an analysis of progress thus far,
and strategies for the future, provides a way of both mentoring faculty and assessing their
progress toward promotion and tenure. As such, it is to be used as a tool to facilitate
faculty professional development.
This policy will be reviewed in the spring semester, 2010.