Promotion and Tenure

The Promotion and Tenure policies and procedures are thoughtfully supervised under the direction of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. University of Arizona faculty that are tenure eligible faculty are hired as tenured track faculty. These faculty members demonstrate a promise of excellent performance in teaching, service and research.  Within these general guidelines, promotion and tenure criteria are to be developed by the faculty members and the department head in each department, and approved by and filed with the dean and Provost.

Process
Each Spring the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the promotion and tenure process by conducting a series of workshops and forums.  An updated Guide to the Promotion Process (web version or PDF) and a set of new dossier templates will be available in May.  A PowerPoint Presentation is created for faculty and staff in preparation of the following year’s Promotion and Tenure process.

Instructions
It is essential that faculty and staff carefully follow their departmental and college level guidelines to ensure a seamless Promotion and Tenure process and a complete and accurate dossier.   

Policies (UHAP 3.3)
Each department and college establish a standing committee on faculty status to advise the department head and dean before the recommendations are routed to the University standing committee and the Office of the Provost. Promotion and/or tenure decisions of faculty shall involve the following levels of review:

  • Departmental Standing Advisory Committee on Faculty Status (where the department contains sufficient personnel to warrant such a committee)
  • Department Head
  • College Standing Advisory Committee on Faculty Status
  • Dean of College
  • University Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure (UACPT)
  • Provost

 2017-2018 Promotion Dossier (PDF)

Appeals (UHAP 3.3.02.e)
A faculty member who receives an adverse decision from the Provost relating to either tenure or promotion may have access to his or her dossier at a time and place designated by the Office of the Provost.  The names and any information that would reveal the identity of any outside reviewers or students will be redacted from the file prior to being presented for review.  No copies may be made of any of the contents of the file.  The faculty member may take handwritten notes, but may not transcribe, copy, photograph, scan or otherwise record verbatim any document in the file.  The faculty member must sign a pledge of confidentiality in which he or she agrees to protect the confidentiality of the contents of the file prior to receiving access.

Appeals to the President must be filed in writing within 30 days after the date of the Provost's letter.  Within 90 days of the President's receipt of the written appeal, the President will issue a written decision to the faculty member and will provide copies of the decision to the Provost, the appropriate dean, and the immediate administrative head. The President’s decision is final, except in cases of discrimination or unconstitutional violations of due process.