Christian Faith and Academic Vocation
Ranked faculty members at Messiah University are expected to explore, understand, and articulate connections between the Christian faith and their vocations as teacher-scholars. Therefore, the term tenure and promotion process, as well as clinical track and lecturer track review processes include required activities that a faculty member must complete at two stages in his/her tenure at Messiah University. In addition, faculty members who wish to be reviewed for promotion to the rank of Professor must complete a third requirement to be eligible to undergo promotion review.
Beginning in the first semester with Provost’s Seminar, continuing in the second year with college-wide reading and prompt discussions, and continuing for more senior faculty with faculty colloquies, PLCs, book discussions, and other events throughout the year, the Office of Faculty Development supports faculty as they make connections between the Christian faith and their vocation as teacher-scholars.
Guidelines for Fulfilling the College-wide Readings and Prompts (Initial or Third Year Review CFAV Requirement)
Faculty members up for initial or third year review should read the above linked college-wide bibliography on the philosophy and practice of Christian higher education and respond in writing to associated prompts. The written responses shall demonstrate thoughtful engagement with the bibliography and be approximately 5-7 single spaced pages in their entirety (4 prompts, 1-2 single-spaced pages per prompt).
The faculty member will forward his/her responses to his/her school dean no later than the first Friday of the semester the faculty member is undergoing his/her Initial or Third Year Review.
Guidelines for Fulfilling the Term-tenure or Sixth Year Review CFAV Requirement
Faculty members up for term-tenure or sixth year review who choose to fulfill the CFAV requirement by responding to the school and departmental prompts should provide written responses that demonstrate thoughtful engagement with the material. Some prompts focus on basic understanding of concepts and arguments; other prompts ask faculty members to make connections between readings and/or offer their assessments of the issues at stake. The faculty member’s written responses shall run approximately 5-7 single-spaced pages in their entirety (4 prompts, 1-2 single-spaced pages per prompt).
Faculty members up for term-tenure or sixth year review who choose the to fulfill the CFAV requirement by writing an essay should read the school and departmental bibliography and write a thesis-driven essay, which joins in and seeks to advance the discussion of Christian scholarship in the faculty member’s academic discipline. If the essay option is chosen, the faculty member is not required to cite or incorporate readings from the school-department bibliography into his/her essay, however the faculty member is required to read and be able to discuss them in the department conversation.
The faculty member will forward his/her written work (responses to prompts or essay) to his/her school dean and department chair no later than January 15 of the academic year prior to the year in which the faculty member is undergoing Term-Tenure Review.
The full policy for the CFAV requirement can be found in Section 6 of the COE Handbook.
The bibliographies for each school and the departments within each school are linked below.