FACULTY TENURE AND PROMOTION
The semester in which a tenure-track faculty person is scheduled to apply for tenure (normally, the fall semester of the sixth year on the tenure track) is initially specified in the offer letter from the appropriate dean. That information is reiterated and finalized in a letter addressed to the faculty person from the Provost and Academic Vice President’s Office, as a rule, early in the spring semester of the first year.
A tenure-track faculty person scheduled to go up for tenure in a given semester will receive the necessary forms from the Provost and Academic Vice President’s Office several months prior to the deadline for submission of the dossier. As an example, an individual applying for tenure in the fall of a particular year would receive the forms around the end of the preceding spring semester.
A tenure-track faculty person who elects to go up for an early tenure decision (that is, earlier than indicated in the offer letter from the dean and the later communication from the Provost and Academic Vice President’s Office) must contact the Provost and Academic Vice President’s Office in order to receive the necessary forms. The same is true for any faculty person who is applying exclusively for promotion. Moreover, because the forms are periodically revised, it is important to make use of the most up-to-date versions, which the office keeps on file.
A faculty person who intends to apply for early tenure or promotion alone should notify both his/her department tenure and promotion committee and the Office of the Provost and Academic Vice President in a timely manner, preferably by September 1 preceding the submission of the dossier.
Format for Presentation of Tenure and Promotion Materials