Independence and Impact in the University Tenure Line
While divisions, departments and the School provide support for faculty members in their professional development, the primary responsibility for career trajectory rests with the candidate as he or she moves toward the promotion review.
The pathway to the promotion review begins with the hiring decision and continues through the early foundational years of appointment, the milestone of the reappointment review, and the subsequent years in which the case for promotion is built and presented for consideration.
As the primary stakeholder in the process, the faculty member should actively seek out information and opportunities throughout the years leading up to the promotion review.
The investment of time and effort in learning as much as possible about what is expected can pay dividends later.
This chart highlights some of the activities that should normally take place during the first and second terms of an assistant professor’s appointment.