Information for participants: Tenure Track Development Assessment

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) strives for excellence and quality in scientific research and education. Therefore, WUR aims to attract and fascinate talented top academics and to encourage and stimulate their development. This results in an annual inflow of new and/or existing employees into the Tenure Track career programme.

Wageningen University & Research offers clear and attractive career prospects to every participant of Tenure Track. Participants have the opportunity to grow and develop to the level of Personal Professor. The goal of the LTP development assessment is to give direction to their personal development. WUR also offers various other development activities, including the WUR Tenure Track development programme.

Key facts development assessment

  • The assessment offers the tenure tracker insight into the competencies required for their next step: What are underlying aspects in personality, needs and qualities? What is the best way to develop them and what might be limitations?
  • It addresses how the development path can be aligned in the daily context and the relevance of the everyday work.
  • It puts the participant in the driver’s seat: it is an invitation to reflection and action.
  • It brings focus and helps to compose a tailormade development programme for each individual.
  • The HR-professional and professor/chair holder are involved during the process. This encourages all to buy into the development process and helps sketch out a shared vision of the best steps forward.

Choosing the regular or concise assessment

As a tenure tracker, you can choose between a regular and a concise assessment. The design of the regular version differs from the concise version in terms of the intensity of the assessment (overview).

  • The regular version includes: online personality questionnaires, an interview, a simulation (role play) and a purpose pitch. The psychologist can give the participant development tools and insights based on specific behaviour.
  • The concise version includes: online personality questionnaires and a reflection interview with the psychologist.

Another difference between the regular and the concise assessment is the report. In the regular version, the psychologist writes an integrated report based on the results of the assessment. The report of the concise version is generated by algorithms, combining the specific personal outcomes to report elements. The concise version meets the needs of participants who have recently received a lot of feedback and undergone some personal development.

The time investment for both assessments is similar, with the regular version taking approximately 7 hours in total and the concise version taking 5 hours (including all conversations and drafting the Personal Development Plan).

Sharing information

We guarantee absolute confidential treatment of your data. LTP counsellors apply the guidelines laid down by The Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP). The participant is responsible for and chooses which data will be shared with the stakeholders during the assessment program regarding their personal development.  

Tenure Track development – Assessment program

Below you will find the steps of the assessment program. Your action points are in orange. Do you have any questions prior to the assessment? Feel free to ask them in the contact form on this page or call us: 020 – 30 50 495.

  • Participant can send a short application form to the WUR internally in order to request a development assessment. Participant makes a choice (in consultation) for a regular or a concise assessment.
  • Following: the participant will receive a more extensive application form via email after their initial registration. Participants submit the completed form to LTP.
  • In follow up LTP will plan the assessment with the WUR and invite participant, HR professional and Professor/chairholder for the different steps of the process.
  • The professor and HR professional will be involved in two steps in this process (step 1 and step 6). This close level of involvement encourages them to buy into the development process and helps sketch out a shared vision of the best steps forward for the participant.
  • Online intake meeting with professor / chairholder, HR professional, participant, and dedicated psychologist.
  • Participant sends resume to LTP ( several days prior to the intake meeting.
  • Goal: identify development needs, agree on process, ensure buy-in from all stakeholders and to tailor the assessment.
  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Agenda (not limited to):
  1. A description of the participant’s personal situation, including both professional and personal elements (PhD research, nature of research, milestones so far);
  2. Description of the development process prior to the assessment;
  3. Development in current role, and the potential for ongoing development;
  4. Specific points of attention and questions.
  • Participant gets invited for some online questionnaires (regular assessment) or the Talent Navigator (concise assessment).
  • Information about the online modules can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • No intellectual ability tests will be administered, only personality and motivation questionnaires.
  • Participant makes the online assessment at a time and place of their choosing. Preferably at least a few days prior to step 3.
  • Takes 30-45 minutes.
  • Development assessment takes place, including role play, purpose pitch and in-depth reflection interview (approximately 3 hours).
  • Information about the interactive modules can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • The assessment can be conducted via MS Teams or on a location of LTP.
  • Participant receives integrated report written by the psychologist.
  • Participant sends assessmentreport to attendees of the conclusion meeting.
  • Goal: participant receives input to work on their Personal Development Plan.
  • Participant receives an automated report.
  • Participant can prepare by reading the report and reflect prior to the reflection interview.
  • Participant and dedicated psychologist discuss results; psychologist asks more detailed questions in order to promote reflection (approximately 1 hour).
  • Participant takes notes during the interview and can already download the Personal Development Plan (download here).
  • Goal: participant receives input to work on their Personal Development Plan.
  • Participant completes Personal Development Plan (download here). and sends this to psychologist of LTP within 5 working days after receiving the report.
  • Psychologist reviews plan and gives feedback.
  • Participant can use the competencies.
  • Participants incorporates feedback of LTP.
  • Participants are kindly requested to send the report and Personal Development Plan to professor / chairholder, HR professional and LTP psychologist at least 2 working days prior to the meeting.
  • Online four-way development conversation (conclusion meeting) and hand-over to next phase in development process (approximately 1 hour).
  • In the meeting, all will be integrated into a challenging and realistic personaldevelopment path in the Tenure Track Program.
  • Participant can voluntarily download the app.
  • Participant can use the feedback app, offering state of the art functionality to follow one’s own personal growth and quantify development steps.

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