The Office of the Provost has primary responsibility for overseeing faculty, and final responsibility for promotion and tenure decisions for all colleges rests with the provost. It is the provost's responsibility to ensure that promotion and tenure policies and procedures yield permanent faculty with the strongest possible credentials in and commitments to teaching, research and scholarship, and service. The Office of the Provost encourages and supports college- and department-level efforts to recruit and retain a faculty of national and international distinction, and fosters new initiatives to aid colleges in their recruitment and retention efforts.
The Office of the Provost is responsible for submitting a number of faculty-related annual governance reports to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, including reports on faculty activities, promotion and tenure, faculty diversity, salaries and benefits, resignation and retirement, and professional development assignments.
Selected areas of responsibility for the associate provost for faculty (Tom W. Rice):
- Faculty policies
- Faculty education and development programs
- Faculty human resources administration
- Reviews (annual, tenure and promotion, post-tenure)
- Resignation and retirement
- Faculty grievances
- Faculty retention
- Administrative leadership programs
- Capital Projects Review Committee
- Cluster Hire Initiative
- Dean and collegiate reviews
- New Faculty Orientation