Per Provost policy PROV-017, new faculty hired with tenure and/or at the rank of professor must undergo an expedited review in order to confirm their qualifications for their appointment. Therefore, an expedited promotion and tenure review is needed for new faculty hired as:
- tenure-ineligible professors
- tenured associate professors
- tenured professors
Faculty are evaluated by the New Hires Committee using the SOM criteria for their track and rank. This review occurs after the offer letter is signed and before the new hire’s start date.
For tenure actions, the faculty member’s appointment is term-limited to five years until the review process is complete. They are temporarily listed as “tenured pending review” in Workday and have a five-year term in the BOV docket.
The expedited review is complete when the faculty member’s rank or tenure status is approved by the BOV. The approval timeline is tied to their meeting schedule (March, June, September, December). Our goal in Faculty Affairs is to send the P&T materials and school approvals to the Office of the Provost before the faculty member’s start date so they will be confirmed in the docket as soon as possible.
NOTE: Rank review is a separate process that occurs before faculty receive their offer letter. It is also completed by the New Hire Committee; the purpose is to ensure that SOM is extending reasonable faculty appointments to candidates based on their qualifications. All new faculty hired at the rank of associate and above, regardless of tenure status, must be approved through rank review.
For current faculty, an expedited P&T review is usually undertaken for retention purposes when a quick decision is needed. Faculty should be evaluated during the in-cycle promotion and tenure process whenever possible.