Missouri State University

General Guidelines for External Reviewers

  1. Determining the potential pool—In March of the spring semester prior to applying in the fall, the faculty applicant and the department head will meet to develop two lists from which the external reviewers will be selected. 
    1. The faculty applicant submits four names.
    2. The Department Head collaborates with the Department Personnel Committee to submit four names. 
    3. The faculty applicant, Department Head, and Departmental Personnel Committee select two members from each list, and reviews are solicited from these four individuals.
  2. Qualifications of external reviewers
    1. A reviewer should possess a terminal degree.
    2. A reviewer typically holds an academic appointment; however, individuals may be drawn from research/creative institutes, foundations, organizations or the private sector.
    3. A reviewer should be employed in an institution/program at or above the level of the faculty applicant’s program at Missouri State University.
    4. A reviewer should hold a rank higher than the faculty applicant.
  3. Factors that disqualify potential reviewers
    1. Individuals with whom the faculty applicant has collaborated
    2. Mentors, former professors of the faculty applicant
    3. Individuals with a personal relationship with the faculty applicant
    4. Faculty applicants should disclose any relationship or association with a potential reviewer prior to selection, so as to avoid any potential conflict of interest.