Independence and Impact in the University Tenure Line
Typically, promotion reviews for assistant professors are initiated one year in advance of the appointment end date, that is, at the beginning of the seventh year in rank.
Faculty members are entitled to new parent extensions, which extend the tenure clock from seven to a maximum of ten years. There are rarely extensions to the tenure clock for other reasons.
Faculty members who may have a case for an extension should discuss it with their department chair as early as possible. Do not wait for the beginning of the tenure review.
Candidates for promotion have the responsibility of designing and pursuing a schedule of research that results in impact in advance of the review.
Generally, by the time materials have been submitted, the candidate’s dossier should predominantly reflect a record of realized accomplishment (which confirms distinction/recognition and impact in the field) rather than work that has been submitted or accepted but not yet published (which may speak more to promise).
Submitted or “in preparation” works may be included on the curriculum vitae as evidence of ongoing work in progress.
Similarly, the faculty member’s career should be managed so that teaching and, if applicable, clinical care records are robust and ready to be evaluated by the time that the promotion package is submitted.
Faculty members may provide addenda to the curriculum vitae after submission of the dossier. However, referee letters will be based on the CV submitted at the initiation of the process.