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​​​​​CAFÉ offers a range of support to help faculty understand and prepare effectively for annual, promotion, and tenure review processes. 

Group Sessions

Group sessions draw on over a decade of faculty experience and are designed to help tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure track faculty. Look for group sessions scheduled in the fall and spring semesters on topics such as:

  • Developing a Multi-Year Plan for Promotion and/or Tenure

  • Realizing Your Plan for Promotion and/or Tenure

  • How to Discuss Course Evaluations Effectively in Annual, Promotion, and Tenure Review Processes

  • Nuts and Bolts of Mid-Term, Tenure, and Promotion Portfolios

  • Preparing Your Annual Self-Evaluation

Personalized Support

If you missed a session​, have a time conflict, or would appreciate an individualized conversation, contact the CAFÉ director to set up an appointment. Appointments are available during the academic year and during the summer to support faculty preparing portfolios for submission in early fall.

Letters and Class Observations

CAFÉ's mission focuses on the development of faculty skills in teaching, research, and service. It helps faculty build skills in representing themselves in these areas in faculty review processes and understand faculty review processes, and it creates tools for use in developing and assessing performance, such as the Classroom Visitation Report. 

CAFÉ does not contribute documents for tenure/promotion portfolios, such as letters or completed Classroom Visitation Reports for individual faculty being reviewed. 

When creating portfolios and self-evaluations, faculty are strongly encouraged to reflect and report on their use of CAFÉ resources. This may include discussion of their participation, learning, application, and results derived from their engagement in CAFE programming and other resources. 



Laura Lohman, PhD, SHRM-CP, CAAP, PMP

Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Professor of Music

(704) 337-2547