PRINCIPLES. STANDARDS. AND PROCEDURES FOR
APPOINTMENTS. PROMOTIONS. AND TENURE
I. PRINCIPLES. STANDARDS. AND PROCEDURES FOR
A General terms and conditions of appointments shall be stated
in writing. In addition to the letter of offer, all appointments are governed
by relevant policies as stated in the Policies and Procedures Manual
and any applicable sections of a faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
B. Evaluation of an individual with respect to appointment to
the faculty is made without reference to race, sex, creed, age, or any
criteria prohibited by law.
C. For all appointments to the faculty, the primary standard
is that the candidate to be appointed is the candidate best qualified for the
position among those available for it.
D. It is expected that Faculty Members will have, at the time
of appointment or within a reasonable period thereafter, the terminal degree
appropriate to their disciplines and positions, except as noted in paragraph
1. For initial appointment at the rank of Assistant
Professor, candidates will normally possess the appropriate terminal degree
and will show experience of or strong potential for excellence in teaching,
productive scholarship, and professional service.
2. For initial appointment at the rank of Associate
Professor or Professor, candidates will have the appropriate terminal degree
and will have substantial experience demonstrating excellent teaching,
productive scholarship, and professional service. Initial appointments at
the senior ranks are based on the same criteria as promotion to those ranks.
E. Although in most academic disciplines and for most faculty
positions the appropriate terminal degree is the doctorate, the University
recognizes that in some disciplines and for some positions other degrees are
customarily regarded as the highest normally appropriate to scholars in those
areas. The University also recognizes that in exceptional instances there can
be experience and/or training other than formal degree work that qualify a
Faculty Member or candidate as teacher and scholar as effectively as a formal
degree program. Such instances will be based on a considerable record of
achievement, such as a substantial record of published research in
professional journals. For those disciplines or positions where the
appropriate terminal degree is normally not the doctorate, the degree
requirement, if any, will be stated in established polices initiated by the
department affected and agreed to by the College Dean and the Vice President
and Provost. In the absence of any established policy to the contrary, the
terminal degree for all disciplines and positions is the doctorate.
A. A temporary appointment runs for a precisely stipulated
short term, usually one year or less. It terminates automatically at the
expiration of the stipulated term. It carries no implications of renewal or
continuation beyond the stipulated term.
B. A temporary appointment may be terminated during a given
year only for a good cause and only in accordance with the requirements of due
process as approved by the Board of Regents, June 30, 1973, and any applicable
sections of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
A. A term appointment is a multiple-year appointment, i.e.,
two, three, or four years, which expires as specified by the initial letter of
appointment. Initial appointments may not exceed a total of four years. When
positions become vacant by expiration of the term of appointment, a search
must be conducted.
B. A term appointment may be terminated during a given year
only for just cause and only in according with any applicable sections of the
A. A probationary appointment, like a temporary appointment,
runs for a stipulated short term, usually one year. Unlike a temporary
appointment, however, it carries the implication that, if the appointee's
services are judged by the University to be satisfactory, the appointment will
be renewed year after year until, normally, a total of six years of
probationary service shall have been accumulated, however, the University may
offer reappointment for a seventh probationary year. The tenure standards for
the seventh year will be the same as during the sixth year.
B. A probationary appointment may be terminated at the end of
any term,' provided that written notice of the intention to terminate has been
given by the University to the probationer in good time. Specifically: if the
appointment is to be terminated at the end of the first year, notice shall be
given by March 1; if at the end of the second year, by December 15; if at the
end of any later probationary year, twelve months in advance.
C. A probationary appointment may be terminated during the
term, but only for just cause and only in accordance with any applicable
sections of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
D. The probationary period provides the opportunity to meet
the requirements for tenure.
E. By March 1 of every year, every Faculty Member on a
probationary appointment shall receive official written evaluation of his/her
work to date.
II. PRINCIPLES, STANDARDS, & PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION AND
A Promotion and Tenure decision is a crucial judgment that
vitally affects the University, its faculty, its students, and its supporting
public. Of necessity, it is a subjective judgment about potential performance
based on a current evaluation.
Only probationary faculty are eligible to be considered for
tenure. Individuals holding adjunct, term, temporary, visiting, nonacademic, or
appointments other than probationary at the University are not eligible to be
considered for tenure. No person, by time, degree, or accomplishment, acquires
an automatic right to Promotion and Tenure.
Normally an Instructor serves at least three years in rank
before promotion to Assistant Professor; an Assistant Professor completes at
least six years of service, including at least three years as an Assistant
Professor, before promotion to Associate Professor; and an Associate Professor
completes at least six years in rank before promotion to Professor.
( The term (period) of the appointment is
specified in the letter of offer; it is normally one academic year but may be
for a shorter period.)
The following criteria and procedures apply to decisions
concerning Promotion and Tenure:
A. Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor requires that
the candidate have a documented record of accomplishment in teaching,
scholarship and/or creative achievement, and professional service. It is
recognized that each candidate will have varied degrees of accomplishment in
the three areas. Only after an affirmative judgment as to documented teaching
effectiveness has been made can serious consideration be given to an
evaluation of scholarship and professional service.
In considering an individual for promotion, attention is given
to all available information, such as: evidence of successful teaching;
quality of research and professional publications; artistic productivity; the
esteem in which the Faculty Member is held by students, colleagues, and
administrative officers; professional growth; participation in University
activities and contributions to the general welfare of the University.
1.The primary assessment of the candidate for promotion is
made by her/his colleagues in her/his department, through established
assessment procedures, in accordance with applicable sections of a
Collective Bargaining Agreement, although the decision to promote is the
responsibility of academic officers.
2. The assessment will not only include a scrutiny of the
candidate's record, but also calls for one or more formal assessments by the
candidate's students and classroom visitation by colleagues.
3. Departments may seek assessments of a candidate from
colleagues in her/his academic field in other institutions.
B. The person must hold the doctorate or other terminal degree
appropriate to her/his academic discipline. In unusual cases of extraordinary
professional achievement, the requirement for the terminal degree may be
C. Evaluation for Promotion and Tenure is required during the
sixth year of probationary service. The awarding of Promotion and Tenure prior
to the expiration of the sixth year of probationary service will be made in
cases of exceptional merit.
The person must demonstrate, during the probationary period,
the ability to apply the doctorate, or other comparable terminal degree-level
of training to teaching, research, and public professional service. A Faculty
Member with the rank of Assistant Professor who is considered for tenure will
also be considered for promotion to Associate Professor.
Faculty Members who demonstrate exceptional performance in
teaching, scholarship, and professional service may be considered for
promotion before the completion of the years of service specified above.
D. Because the qualifications for promotion to Associate
Professor and tenure are identical, an Assistant Professor who possesses the
qualifications for tenure generally will receive simultaneous evaluation for
promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. Situations may occur, however,
where the tenure decision is considered independently from promotion in rank,
such as the case of Faculty Members appointed to the Malcolm Price Laboratory
School or that of an Associate or Full Professor initially hired without
Faculty holding probationary appointments in the Price
Laboratory School with the rank of Instructor are eligible for tenure
consideration based on their teaching, service, and contributions to the
teacher education program.
Price Laboratory School faculty with earned doctorates or
other terminal degrees appropriate to their discipline may be appointed or
promoted to Assistant Professor, and will be considered for tenure under
standard University tenure criteria and procedures.
E. In those cases of an Assistant Professor who holds tenure,
promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor requires a
documented record of accomplishment in teaching, scholarship and/or creative
achievement, and professional service.
F. Promotion from Associate Professor to full Professor
requires recognized and significant accomplishments in the areas of teaching,
scholarship and/or artistic achievements, and professional service.
G. A tenured appointment or promotion is made upon
recommendation from the faculty. The final responsibility for a decision rests
with the appropriate academic officers. The Deans and Vice President and
Provost have a responsibility to ensure that recommendations for Promotion and
Tenure reflect high University standards while acknowledging diversity of
missions and tasks within the various colleges and programs of the University.
H. Evaluation of individuals with respect to promotion in rank
is made without reference to race, sex, creed, age, or other criteria
prohibited by law.
I. A tenured appointment can be terminated only for just cause
and only in accordance with any applicable section of the Collective
Executive Director Board of Regents
Charles E. Quirk
President and Chief Negotiator United Faculty
Chair, United Faculty