Tenure and Promotion

The procedures relating to tenure and promotion are described in the University Policy Register, sections 3342-6-14 and 3342-6-15.  Faculty members must be familiar with these documents.  Each year, usually in August, the Office of the Provost issues specific guidelines for the preparation and review of tenure and promotion files.

For the award of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and Professor, the College requires external evaluation of the candidate’s scholarship and/or creative activity by nationally recognized scholars (e.g., tenured professors of equal or higher rank at other accredited universities) who may speak to the candidate’s record and the quality of their scholarship.  All such reviews will require at least three (3) and preferably five (5) letters from external evaluators.  When the candidate is being reviewed for tenure and promotion simultaneously, the same letters may serve for both reviews.  External reviewers cannot be current or former colleagues or collaborators of the candidate, but should be in a position to give an unbiased and independent review of the candidate’s work.  The candidate, in consultation with the Dean, will prepare complete submittal packages for each reviewer.