5.6 Professional Growth Plans for Tenure-Track and Teaching Faculty

Governing Policies

Section 7.2.1, Faculty Handbook – Professional Growth Plans for Newly Appointed Faculty
Section 8.1.4, Faculty Handbook – Preliminary Tenure Review


All tenure-track and teaching faculty are required to prepare a Professional Growth Plan (PGP) during the first semester of employment at Mines. The plan should be developed in consultation with the faculty member’s Department Head, and at minimum cover the period of the probationary appointment up to the Preliminary Tenure Review (PTR).  PGPs are reviewed as part of any faculty evaluation, including the PTR.  As such, the PGP constitutes an early step in the promotion and tenure process.

Professional Growth Plans need not be voluminous. They should, however, be broadly modeled to parallel the content and section format of the Faculty Data Report Narrative (FDRN). That is, the PGP should include major sections titled Teaching, Scholarship and Service. The content addressed in each of these sections should relate to the subcategories defined in each section, such that it is clear that by successful implementing the PGP will naturally lead to strong performance evaluations as measured by the FDRN and ultimately a strong indication of successful tenure application as provided by the PTR process.

The PGP should be transmitted to the Department Head by the deadline provided by the Academic Affairs calendar. The Department Head shall review the plan, and if necessary meet with the faculty member to discuss and modify the proposed plan. Once approved by the Department Head, the plan shall be transmitted to the appropriate Dean. Upon review by the Dean, the PGP shall be forwarded to AA and filed in the individual’s personnel file.

Last Revision:

December 20, 2019