Advisory Committee on Assistant Professors (ACAP)
Assistant Professors in their fifth year receive an advisory review by the Advisory Committee on Assistant Professors (ACAP). The purpose of the review is to provide helpful advice before you enter the promotion and tenure process. This review requires you to make a brief research presentation to the ACAP committee on the significance of the research, the scientific challenge or opportunity you are pursuing, an overview of how you see yourself getting there, and the impacts if successful.
The fifth-year review for Assistant Professors grows out of the realization that the reappointment review, performed three years in advance of the promotion decision date, is usually too soon to provide any realistic estimation of your chances of satisfying the promotion requirements, and corresponding advice. The review comes at a time when committee members can provide Assistant Professors with realistic and useful advice.