VI. Offer of Tenure to Newly Appointed Faculty

Tenure at hire should be granted only in exceptional cases and to individuals who have a demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishment.

Tenure at hire for individuals who are tenured at a peer institution:

  • The Department Head obtains the Departmental PTR Advisory Committee recommendation and submits this along with his or her own recommendation to the Dean;
  • The Dean obtains the Dean’s Advisory Council recommendation and forwards this along with his or her recommendation to the Provost.  The documentation submitted to the Provost should include the individual’s curriculum vita and letters of recommendation used in the hiring process;
  • The Provost will evaluate these recommendations and notify the Dean whether he or she supports offering the individual tenure at hire;
  • The Provost will forward his or her recommendations to the President for approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • Following a vote by the Board of Trustees, the Provost will send a letter to the faculty member reporting the Board’s decision.

Tenure at hire for faculty members who do not have tenure at a peer institution:

If a faculty member being appointed at UConn does not have tenure at a peer institution, then the Provost would not normally expect to recommend tenure on appointment.  However, in exceptional cases the faculty member may be considered for tenure on appointment.  These exceptions will be dealt with on a “case by case” basis, ensuring that the integrity of the tenure process is protected.  In these situations (as with regular evaluation for tenure at UConn), the following steps should be followed:

  • The Department Head obtains three external letters of evaluation that are independent of those submitted on behalf of the faculty member as a part of the application process. These letters should speak to the scholarship and/or creative accomplishments of the candidate being recommended for tenure at hire;
  • The Department Head obtains the Departmental PTR Advisory Committee recommendation and submits this along with his or her own recommendation to the Dean;
  • The Dean obtains the school/college Dean’s Advisory Council recommendation and forwards this along with his or her recommendation to the Provost.  The documentation submitted to the Provost should include the individual’s curriculum vita, letters of recommendation used in the hiring process and the three external letters of evaluation obtained by the Department Head;
  • The Provost will evaluate these recommendations and notify the Dean whether he or she supports offering the individual tenure at hire;
  • The Provost will forward his or her recommendations to the President for approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • Following a vote by the Board of Trustees, the Provost will send a letter to the faculty member reporting the Board’s decision.

Updated: October 2011