Tenure and Promotion Committee

I. TENURE AND PROMOTION COMMITTEE.

1. Composition

a. The committee shall consist of 9 members, 7 elected by the Faculty and 2 appointed by the Chair of the Faculty. Membership will be divided between CAS and SEBHS faculty in the same ratio as the number of faculty in each school.

b. All members shall be tenured and hold the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. At least two thirds of the members of the committee must hold the rank of Professor and at least one member of the Committee must hold the rank of Associate Professor. Members of the committee who hold the rank of Associate Professor may not participate in deliberations or decisions of those applications of candidates seeking promotion to the rank of Professor.

c. The committee shall be composed of undergraduate and graduate faculty. There shall be at least two Regular Graduate faculty holding the rank of Professor on the committee.

d. There cannot be more than one (1) elected member from any one department serving at the same time.

e. The University Faculty Chair will make appointments in order to ensure that the committee is diverse and has the proper balance between CAS and SEBHS faculty.

f. If a candidate for tenure or promotion considers the participation of some member of the Tenure and Promotion Committee to be inappropriate, or if any member of the Tenure and Promotion Committee has a bias or conflict of interest, including but not limited to membership in the candidate's department, the UF Chair will replace that person.

2. Duties and Procedures

a. The Tenure and Promotion Committee will review all official paperwork as well as an abridged file prepared by the candidate. The committee may be given, upon its request, access to the entire file of the candidate. The Committee’s review shall focus solely on whether or not the candidate has met the criteria for promotion or tenure established by the candidate’s department and the requirements for promotion or tenure found in the University Faculty Guidelines.

b. At the end of its review, the Tenure and Promotion Committee shall submit its recommendation to the Dean, the candidate, and the candidate’s department chair. If

applicable, the Committee’s report to the Dean shall specify each instance that the candidate has failed to meet the criteria established by either the candidate’s department or the University Faculty Guidelines. The report to the candidate and to the candidate’s department chair shall consist of a statement of the committee’s specific decision.

c. Faculty who appeal a tenure or promotion decision to the Grievances Committee may use the Tenure and Promotion Committee’s recommendation to the Dean as part of their appeal. In the event the Dean has not followed a recommendation by the Tenure and Promotion Committee, Faculty may ask for the Committee to comment in writing on the Dean's rationale.

d. The committee members shall be expected to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality in all matters relevant to service on this committee.

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