University Standing Committees

Rank and Tenure Committee

Purpose & Function

The Rank and Tenure Committee is charged with evaluation and affirmation of faculty achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service in order to develop and maintain a level of excellence that will enable the University most effectively to fulfill its mission.

The Committee

  • reviews applications for promotion and/or tenure in accord with established criteria;
  • submits recommendations to the Provost to be presented to the President of the University;
  • reviews the criteria for promotion and/or tenure and makes recommendations for change;
  • approves departmental standards for evaluating members’ scholarship/creative activity.  These standards are also approved by the appropriate dean and the Provost. 

The Committee acts on applications for promotion in the fall and spring semesters; it acts on applications for tenure in the fall semester only.  It reviews pre-tenure files in the fall semester only.

A committee member from the same department as an applicant must recuse himself/herself from the committee’s work of discussing, reviewing, and evaluating the applicant’s pre-tenure, tenure, and/or promotion materials. The committee member will participate, however, in the review of the application at the department level in the same ways that any other member of the department would do, including voting on the application.

Positive recommendation for promotion to Assistant Clinical Professor requires a simple majority, five out of nine. For Clinical faculty, positive recommendation for Associate Professor of Clinical and Full Clinical faculty require seven out of nine.  Positive recommendation for Tenure, Associate Professor, and Full Professor require six out of eight, as the Clinical faculty member may not vote on tenure. 

If a candidate applies for tenure and Associate Professor at the same time, the vote on tenure will be taken first.  The outcome of the vote will be announced to the committee members prior to any consideration for promotion. An unsuccessful candidate for tenure may be awarded Associate Professor.

In the general business of the committee, five members constitute a quorum and a simple majority is required for committee action.

Confidentiality regarding all matters discussed in meetings of the Rank and Tenure Committee is an important responsibility of each member.  Any member who violates this confidentiality is subject to removal from the committee by the Provost.

Membership

Two full-time tenured faculty members from each college of the University

Two full-time tenured faculty members at large

One Clinical Faculty (non-tenured-track) member

A single department may not be represented on the committee by more than one committee member.

At-large representatives

are elected from the full-time faculty of the entire University;
are full-time, tenured associate and/or full professors;
are present and vote on all business of the committee, including all applications for promotion and/or tenure.

 College representatives

are elected by and from the full-time faculty of their respective colleges;
are full-time, tenured associate and/or full professors;
are present and vote on all business of the committee, including all applications for promotion and/or tenure.

 The Clinical Faculty (non-tenured-track) representative:

is elected from the full-time Clinical Faculty of the entire University;
is a full-time associate Clinical Faculty and/or full Clinical Faculty;
is present and votes on all applications for Assistant Professor and those applications for promotion of Clinical Faculty to Associate Clinical Faculty and full Clinical Faculty. 

In the event of a vacancy on the committee, the most recently elected alternate to that position will complete that term.

Term

Three years, with possibility of re-election for one consecutive three-year term.

The committee elects the Chair annually.

Meetings

Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

Reports To

Provost

    1/24/03 - Revision approved by the President of the University
    4/22/08 - Reporting Authority for the functioning of the committee istransferred from the President of the University to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
    4/22/08 - Revision approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
    5/02/08 - Title changed from Vice President for Academic Affairs to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    3/27/09 -  Revision approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    07/01/11 - Title changed from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to Vice President for Academic Affairs
    07/01/18 - Title changed from Vice President for Academic Affairs to Provost
    10/25/18 - Revisions to the Rank and Tenure Committee Description were approved by the President of the University as recommended by the Policy Committee of the University