Faculty Promotion and Tenure

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please follow the dates on the Faculty Evaluation Calendar.

General Documents

Promotion Documents and Forms

Tenure Documents and Forms

Important/Helpful Links

Tenure Track Changes

Transfers between tracks (tenure track, non-tenure track) may be permitted per the UTHSC Faculty Handbook. Sections 4.9.2 and 5.2 provide guidance to faculty members, chairs, and deans as to such a request.

To process requests for transfers from tenure track to non-tenure track, please use the provided template, located here.

Tenure Calculation Aid

Typically, a faculty member on tenure track serves a probationary period prior to being considered for tenure. The probationary period at UTHSC is generally no less than one and no more than seven academic years. For various reasons, a probationary status of less than one or more than seven years may be approved.

In calculating the time to tenure review date when preparing a Faculty Appointment Agreement, follow these guidelines:

  • Tenure review dates are calculated by calendar year (January through December), not by academic year (July through June).
  • Add 6 to the year in the faculty member's start date to arrive at the year by which a tenure decision should normally be made.

Example #1: A faculty member has a start date of May 1, 2014. Add 6 to 2014, arriving at 2020. This faculty member's tenure review date (if following a normal pattern) should occur no later than June 30, 2020.

Example #2: A faculty member has a start date of September 1, 2014. Add 6 to 2014, arriving at 2020. This faculty member's tenure review date (if following a normal pattern) should also occur no later than June 30, 2020.

  • NOTE: The last year (the 7th year) is considered the work-out year. If tenure is not granted, the faculty member typically has the following academic year to make alternate work arrangements.

In the above example, if tenure was not granted by June 30, 2020, the faculty member would generally have until June 30, 2021 to make alternate work arrangements.

Questions about calculating tenure review dates? Contact one of the individuals listed below (in the Office of Academic, Faculty & Student Affairs) for assistance!

Lisa Zeigler, Coordinator II
901-448-2226
lzeigler@uthsc.edu

Nathalie Occean, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
901-448-1769
noccean@uthsc.edu

Shannetta Morton, Administrative Coordinator
901-448-5284
smorto10@uthsc.edu

Kiela Person, Administrative Coordinator
901-448-4930
kperson2@uthsc.edu