Independence and Impact in the University Tenure Line
In order to be granted tenure, a faculty member's scholarship must reveal that the candidate is not only among the best in his or her experience cohort in a broadly defined field, but is also likely to become one of the very best in that field.
The Provost has defined a broad field as one in which there are hundreds of researchers in the United States and internationally.
The University looks at the tenure decision as granting tenure not just to the faculty member but to the field, so the breadth and health of the field is just as important as the faculty member’s prominence in it. For this reason, initial searches, appointments and reappointments in the Tenure Line are made in areas in which the quality of scholarship is strong and in which the subject area is sufficiently broad.
In clinical departments, even though a faculty member may work within a particular subfield, he or she will be evaluated for tenure within the context of a more broadly defined field.
The field in which a candidate will be considered for tenure should be discussed fully and as early as possible in annual counseling meetings as well as during the reappointment review.