Tenured and Non Tenured Track Criteria for Promotion

Non-Tenured Tenure Track Positions (Assistant and Associate Professors):

The candidate must have an outstanding research record in his or her field, and the potential for developing an outstanding independent research program, obtaining the appropriate extramural funding, and becoming an excellent teacher.


Tenure Track Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure and tenured Professor Appointments:

The criteria for promotion, which must be clearly addressed in both the internal and external documentation, are:

  1. Important and original contributions to the candidate’s field. The candidate must have a publication record that demonstrates substantial independent scholarship and important research contributions, including opening new avenues of investigation and/or new ways of tackling a fundamental question. For publications on which the candidate is not first or senior author, the candidate must clearly articulate the specific contribution(s) that he/she has made as part of his/her statement of research contribution (see B.2 below).
  2. Demonstrated success at external funding sufficient to support the research effort expected from a tenured faculty member in his or her specific research area, and a strong likelihood of sustained funding at that level.
  3. A strong national/international reputation, including invited participation in major meetings in their field.
  4. Significant contributions to teaching.
  5. Service to the department and university, as well as participation in interdisciplinary collaborations between departments and/or schools.

The rank of professor is reserved for those who have clearly met the criteria for tenure and have demonstrated continuous intellectual development and leadership.