It is extremely important to carefully mentor and evaluate faculty in the years prior to their application for tenure. This is an opportunity for departments to assess and guide faculty in their career. Contract renewals are governed by Article XII, Section E of the UH-UHPA collective bargaining agreement. For tenure-line Instructional Faculty Members at Rank 3, evaluation for contract renewal occurs in the Fall of years 2 and 4, with Tenure/Promotion review in the Fall of year 5. In cases where probation is extended, contract renewal occurs annually, not to exceed seven years of full-time probationary service. Faculty at all other ranks who are to be reappointed shall be given one-year contracts. Recommendations for renewal shall require that the faculty’s performance has been assessed for strengths and weaknesses and has been rated as satisfactory, that there is continuing need for the faculty’s services at the University, and that the faculty has made the professional improvement or has demonstrated the professional and personal qualities needed by the Department.