College of Arts and Sciences

Tenure and Promotion

You are already well aware of the tremendous importance of tenure and promotion decisions. It's only the future of your department hanging in the balance—no pressure!

Below are links to official T&P guidelines and procedures. And we have a few tips you won't find in the rulebooks:

  • Begin preparing tenure track faculty for the tenure application process as soon as they arrive on campus. Decisions about the tenure track faculty member's work load should be made with the eventual tenure application in mind. You and other senior faculty should be nurturing the new faculty and guiding them toward tenure from day one. It's way too late to get worried at the end of year five.
  • Know your department's tenure and promotion guidelines and follow them religiously. Be especially mindful of deadlines. Missed deadlines cause needless heartache and stomach ulcers. Every year some department misses a key deadline—make sure it's not your department.
  • Be proactive about collecting the external review letters for each applicant. Your departmental T&P guidelines specify who is responsible for selecting the external reviewers and requesting the letters. Stay on top of this. Nothing creates more havoc with the review committees than not having a sufficient number of external letters. Tip: The minimum is four.

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