Tenure & Promotion
School of Liberal Arts Template for
Tenure and Promotion Applications
The template (linked above) is a suggested format for applications for tenure and promotion to the Status Committee. The Status Committee makes recommendations to the President concerning all requests for tenure, promotion, sabbaticals, leaves of absence, part-schedule teaching, and emerita/us status. For official information, please see the Faculty Handbook and the Faculty Status web site. This document is a guideline only and does not supersede any information there.
The Faculty Status Committee now requires one hard-copy binder and electronic versions of all other “essential documents.” The required documents listed on the Faculty Status Committee web site as of July 2012 are:
The Handbook requires that tenure-track faculty be observed in the classroom once each semester by the department chair and once each year by the Dean or Associate Dean. It is your responsibility to set up these appointments. It is then the observer’s responsibility to give you prompt, written feedback on the standard form (included in template). Both of you must sign the form.
The date of your tenure application was established at the time of hire and is in your contract. Faculty guidelines for tenure are based on the established guidelines at the time of your hire. Each year, the VPAA’s office publishes deadlines for applications to the Status Committee. Typically, materials are due to your department by the third week in September. The department has two weeks to review them and write your letter. You then forward the packet to the dean, who has a week to review it and write a letter and return the materials to you. You then have one more week to make sure that all is in order, with a typical deadline to the VPAA by the third week in October. Tenure recommendations are usually completed by the Status Committee before the end of December; promotion recommendations usually by March.
The tenure and promotion decisions are based on the same materials, but the decisions are distinct. Faculty guidelines for promotion are based on the guidelines at the time of application for promotion. The Status Committee has separate meetings and votes on tenure and promotion. Typically, Assistant Professors in the tenure track apply for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the same time.