Retention / Third-Year Reviews

For tenure-eligible and continuing-eligible faculty, the annual performance review contains an assessment component addressing progress toward promotion and tenure/continuing status. In addition, there is a third-year review.  UHAP 3.3.01 and 3.3.02 contain information about this review.

Within the college, all third-year reviews must be completed at the local level no later than December 15th. By that date all heads and directors must forward the departmentally reviewed dossiers to the Associate Dean.

At the end of each spring semester, the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs publishes guidelines and checklists to use in preparing dossiers. Because a third-year/retention review serves as a dress rehearsal for a promotion review, candidates and heads will use the same dossier templates used in a promotion and tenure dossier. It is the responsibility of departments and candidates to ensure that the dossier is prepared according to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs’ guidelines concerning dossier preparation.

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs also holds workshops each spring designed to provide information about the promotion process. The workshops explain the university's review process and offers guidance on presenting the promotion and tenure dossier. All candidates for promotion and/or tenure, promotion committees, heads, and directors are encouraged to attend the workshops. A candidate for a third-year review will also find these workshops helpful in becoming acquainted with the dossier preparation requirements at The University of Arizona. The COH Dean's Office also offers workshops specifically for COH faculty. Those materials are provided below so that promotion candidates can reference them when preparing their dossiers.

College of Humanities References:

College of Humanities Promotion Workshops:


Spring 2024 Workshops


COH Workshop on Teaching Portfolios
Topics covered: Teaching Portfolios