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FACULTY PROBATION AND THE GRANTING OF TENURE

A. Tenure

  1. Tenure is a faculty status that assures that the faculty will be able to perform their professional institutional responsibilities without the fear of arbitrary dismissal. Tenure provides an employment framework that reinforces academic freedom and promotes a professional climate conducive to the success of the University in fulfilling its mission.
  2. The decision to award tenure is the result of a collegial and administrative review of the candidate's performance, including teaching excellence, professional achievement and service. This review is conducted by a Departmental faculty committee, the Department Chair, a College/School faculty committee, the Dean, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President.
  3. Each Department in consultation with the Dean is responsible for the development of a formal statement of basic performance requirements for candidates to have met in order to be considered for tenure. Not meeting these basic performance requirements shall lead to a terminal contract. Academic tenure shall be awarded only to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence in meeting professional responsibilities as determined by their unique mix of teaching, service and research and who show promise of making significant contributions to the University for the remainder of their careers. Technical tenure shall be awarded only to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence in meeting professional responsibilities as determined by their unique mix of teaching and service and who show promise of making significant contributions to the University for the remainder of their careers.

B. Probationary Period

  1. The purpose of a probationary period is to allow reasonable time for faculty members to establish their academic performance and for academic evaluations to be made concerning the productivity and promise of probationary faculty. The granting of tenure is a deliberate act taken after considered evaluation of the appointee's past performance and potential for future performance.
  2. The maximum period of probationary service in full-time tenure-track status in any academic rank or any combination of ranks shall be seven years. The minimum number of years of probationary service in full-time status in any academic rank or any combination of ranks shall be established at the time of employment. A faculty member who is serving the final academic year of the probationary period shall, upon completion of the final tenure evaluation, either be awarded tenure, which shall become effective at the beginning of the next academic year, or be notified that the subsequent year will be the terminal year of employment. Failure to act either by a probationary faculty member or by the University cannot lead to automatic tenure. Tenure status may only be granted by positive action by the Board of Regents based upon evaluation of the probationary faculty member.

C. Timeline

The faculty tenure procedure shall follow established time lines, review levels and procedures, and documentation based upon approved University policies.

D. Review

This policy and related procedures shall be subject to periodic review.

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