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Regular Faculty Academic Tenure
4.2.8 Academic Tenure.
Statement of Principle. The granting of tenure
marks the end of a regular faculty member's period of probation and
the beginning of a continuous appointment. The primary purpose of
tenure is the safeguarding of academic freedom, although it is also
recognized that tenure offers a degree of economic security which
allows the University to attract and maintain a faculty of high
ability and, hence, to strengthen the excellence of its programs and
its overall academic quality.
- Regular faculty with academic tenure may be removed from their
appointments only through the terms and procedures described below
for Dismissal for Adequate Cause (see Section 22.214.171.124)
or Reduction in Force (Section
Standards and Criteria for Tenure. Tenure involves
the long-range commitment of the University to an individual faculty
member and of faculty colleagues to each other. All decisions
regarding the granting of tenure will necessarily entail judgments
about both the present level of a faculty member's accomplishment
and performance and the prospect of its continuation into the future.
To be awarded tenure, the candidate must have a documented record of consistent teaching effectiveness (for librarians, consistent professional effectiveness), professional recognition through scholarship or creative activity; professional development, and contributions to the unit, College, University and community. In addition, the candidate should have earned the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree, except in extraordinary circumstances where the evidence demonstrates that the absence of the degree does not inhibit the faculty member's professional standing and performance.
A candidate at the rank of associate professor must meet the standards and criteria for that rank to be awarded tenure (see Section 126.96.36.199). A candidate at the rank of full professor must meet the standards and criteria for that rank to be awarded tenure (see Section 188.8.131.52).
- Early Tenure and/or Promotion. A faculty member may request, in writing to the Dean, that they be considered by their unit for early tenure and/or promotion (see Section 184.108.40.206). To be awarded early tenure and/or promotion, a faculty member must demonstrate that they have exceeded the expectations in all three areas of evaluation (see Section 220.127.116.11), as defined by unit and College criteria.