DivData Review: Selecting “Type of Review”

The Type of Review field in DivData captures the type of departmental review conducted. This information is used in several important ways: it informs reviewers by appearing both on the docket and in the Review Header, and is used in senate and administrative reporting.

The type of review should be entered once it has been determined by the candidate-chair consultation, and may need to be updated if the departmental recommendation exceeds the original type of review. An example of this would be a merit review where the department recommendation is for an accelerated merit. (Note that if the departmental recommendation is lower than the candidate-requested action, this does not change the type of review, as the candidate’s request was still considered by the department.)

There are review types that are always used by themselves, such as Appointment; while other types can be used in combination (e.g., Reappointment and Merit). Review types can also include modifiers, such as “Acceleration” which are not used alone, but rather to augment the primary review type.

Appropriate combinations of review types can vary by title series, and are dictated by policy. If you are not sure which to select, and don’t find the answer below or in policy, contact your divisional academic personnel coordinator.

Review Types

Review Type Description

Used for initial hire, appointment to a new title series &/or department, or non-Unit-18 rehire after a break in service. Not combined with any other review type.


Used when proposing renewal/continuation of a term appointment with no break in service, and when bringing Unit 18 titles back to their same title/dept with or without a break in service. Can be used by itself or in combination with other review types as appropriate per policy.


Used when considering the candidate for a merit advancement (e.g., to a higher step). Can be used by itself or in combination with other review types as appropriate per policy.

Midcareer Appraisal

Used when reviewing a candidate who is midway to tenure or security of employment. Typically, though not always, combined with reappointment and merit.

Promotion with Tenure

Used when considering a senate member for advancement to tenured-level ranks (e.g., associate professor).

Promotion to Professor

Used when considering an associate professor for advancement to the rank of (full) professor.

Merit to Step 6

Used when considering a professor or other eligible title for advancement across the step six threshold.

Merit to Above Scale

Used when considering a professor or other eligible title for advancement to above scale.


Used for non ladder-rank promotions and Unit 18 Excellence Reviews.

Mandatory Rev [Only]

Used when the candidate is on call for a mandatory review (e.g., five-year review) and no advancement or increase is requested or recommended. Otherwise, the type of advancement or increase considered should be used as the type of review.

Salary Increase

Used when the candidate is considered for a salary increase without advancement in rank or step.


Typically used in conjunction with Reappointment and/or Merit review types, this review type indicates that the candidate is being considered for transfer from "Acting" to regular status based on accumulated teaching experience.* If an exceptional case warrants, it can be used on its own.

*Regularization as the result of visa or degree status changes does not involve an academic review of qualifications and is not processed through DivData Review. Contact your divisional academic personnel office with questions.

Review Type Modifiers

These are always used in conjunction with a primary review type.

Review Type Modifer

Applies when the candidate requests, or the department recommends, accelerated advancement (in terms of time or rank/step).

Greater than Normal

Applies when the candidate requests, or the department recommends, an increase in salary above what is standard for the recommended advancement.

Career Review

Used to indicate that a candidate has requested a Career Equity review (as defined in CAPM 412.000) in conjunction with a promotion or other major action.

Retention/Comp Offer

Typically combined with Salary Increase, this is used when countering a competing offer from another institution.

Reconsideration Used in the rare event that a senate review undergoes reconsideration. (See CAPM 418.000)