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Promotion, Tenure,
and Reappointment

The Provost’s Office will be holding two townhall meetings at the end of October to review changes and answer questions. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of the following townhalls in Dodd Konover Auditorium:

October 25, 2018 at 10:00-12:00pm
October 31, 2018 at 1:00-3:00pm

To Watch Live: http://ait.uconn.edu/live-streaming/

Updates

The AAUP and the University of Connecticut agreed in Article 31 of their collective bargaining agreement to establish a work group to discuss negotiable aspects, if any, of the University’s promotion, tenure and reappointment (“PTR”) procedures. The work group was comprised of representatives from the AAUP, the University Senate, the Provost’s Office, and the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations, and an agreement was reached in September 2018. As such, faculty members should review the following information to determine the appropriate PTR form to complete for promotion, tenure, and reappointment.

For the 2018-2019 PTR cycle, use the old PTR Form (PTR Form in Effect 2017/18 AY).

For the 2019-2020 PTR cycle:

  • For faculty hired into the tenure-track or into a position covered by Article 13 of the AAUP contract on or before August 22, 2018, the following shall apply:
    • During the 2019-2020 academic year, when applying for tenure and/or promotion to any position other than professor, faculty may use either the old PTR Form (PTR Form in Effect 2017/18 AY) or the new PTR Form (PTR Form in Effect 2019/20 AY).
  • All other faculty, including those hired on or after August 23, 2018, shall use the new PTR Form (PTR Form in Effect 2019/20 AY) when applying for tenure and/or promotion.
  • Beginning with the 2019-2020 PTR cycle, all faculty applying for promotion to Professor shall use the new PTR Form (PTR Form in Effect 2019/20 AY).

The deadlines for completion of PTR procedures for the 2018-2019 academic year have not changed.

Preamble

The University of Connecticut is dedicated to excellence demonstrated through national and international recognition. Through freedom of academic inquiry and expression, we create and disseminate knowledge by means of scholarly and creative achievements, graduate and professional education, and outreach.

With our focus on teaching and learning, the University helps every student grow intellectually and become a contributing member of the state, national, and world communities. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, we embrace diversity and cultivate leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As our state’s flagship public University, and as a land and sea grant institution, we promote the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. - University of Connecticut Mission Statement

A central tenet of our mission at the University of Connecticut is the pursuit of knowledge and discovery, with the understanding that faculty members have the right to academic freedom. A clearly articulated promotion and tenure system defines expectations and procedures that enhance success and fairness. Faculty tenure is a foundational pillar of academic freedom and allows the individual to pursue scholarship at the frontiers of knowledge. It allows for the pursuit of activities in the classroom, research, and service to society without fear of retribution or reprisal. It is well established that security in this freedom is necessary to catalyze the creativity and innovation that are necessary to fulfill long-term benefits to society and to modulate emphases on short-term rewards. As conveyed in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure:

“Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institutions as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition … Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning.”

With these freedoms comes the responsibility to advance the research, teaching, and service mission of the University and, as such, the faculty members are held accountable in their performance. Consequently, ideal characteristics in faculty members are scholarly creativity, professional competence and leadership, the ability and desire to teach effectively, and the willingness to cooperate with others in a collegial fashion.

Provost’s Policy on Promotion and Tenure Procedures
When considering faculty for promotion or tenure, the University applies the highest standards of professional achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service. Each case is evaluated on its own merits based on the candidate’s scholarship, teaching, and service since appointment. When specified in an appointment letter, work prior to joining the University may also be considered during an evaluation. In order to recommend that the University award tenure to a candidate, each Department and School or College must make a strong case that the candidate’s work in scholarship, teaching, and service since appointment merits permanent employment in their field of expertise. When considering a candidate for promotion to the rank of Professor, Departments and Schools or Colleges must consider the candidate’s accomplishments since the award of tenure. Time served in the rank of Associate Professor is, on its own, not sufficient cause for promotion.

All tenure-track candidates must annually update and submit dossiers using the PTR form that has been adopted by the faculties of the University of Connecticut. The candidate’s dossier will be reviewed by Departmental and School or College committees each year. Department Heads, or Deans in Schools without Departments, must annually meet with faculty members, including during their first year, to discuss past performance, appropriate goals, responsibilities, and expectations. In the case of joint appointments, both supervisors must meet annually with the candidate. At the conclusion of the third year, the candidate’s dossier is submitted to the Provost’s Office for comprehensive review. A second review by the Provost’s Office, usually for promotion and tenure considerations, is initiated at the conclusion of the fifth year and during the candidate’s sixth year. In some exceptional cases, early review for tenure and promotion is permitted. It should be noted, that faculty members who wish to be considered for promotion and tenure before the end of the probationary period, however, will be evaluated by the same standards applied to faculty who have taken the full probationary period. Each year, the Provost’s Office distributes timelines for the submission of dossiers and related materials.

PTR Form In Effect 2017-18 AY

Introduction

The following Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment (PTR) procedures have been adopted by the faculties of the University of Connecticut (except those of the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine) under the authority of the Laws and By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, Article XIV. They should be followed insofar as possible by all departments. If a school/college does not have departments, it should follow procedures bearing as much similarity to these as is reasonable. Each school/college and department may adopt and publish on their website additional criteria and policies that are consistent with the PTR policies and procedures presented here.

Rights of the Faculty Member
Access: In accordance with Article 12 of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement and consistent with Connecticut Freedom of Information statutes, in the presence of a staff member, and at a time convenient to both parties, the faculty member shall have access to his/her full PTR file at all levels, including all internal and external letters. The only others who shall have access to the PTR file are (1) administrators and faculty members on official business and (2) AAUP representatives with the consent of the faculty member. A faculty member may at any time obtain a copy of material in the files, for which the faculty member may be charged a cost. If requested, copies shall be authenticated by an appropriate administrator. In addition, the PTR file shall not include any anonymous material.

Appeal: If a faculty member has reason to believe that he or she has been denied any of the protections provided for or has suffered through any failure to observe these procedures, the faculty member may seek redress through the grievance procedure described in the Laws and By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, Article XIV.

The deadline for submitting PTR dossiers to the Provost’s Office is: November 30, 2018

PTR Form In Effect 2019-20 AY

Introduction

The following Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment (PTR) procedures have been adopted by the faculties of the University of Connecticut (except those of the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine) under the authority of the Laws and By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, Article XIV. These procedures should be followed insofar as possible by all departments. If a school/college does not have departments, it should follow procedures bearing as much similarity to these as is reasonable. Each school/college and department may adopt and publish on their website additional criteria and policies that are consistent with the PTR policies and procedures presented here.

Rights of the Faculty Member
Access: In accordance with Article 12 of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement and consistent with Connecticut Freedom of Information statutes, in the presence of a staff member, and at a time convenient to both parties, the faculty member shall have access to his/her full PTR file at all levels, including all internal and external letters. The only others who shall have access to the PTR file are (1) administrators and faculty members on official business and (2) AAUP representatives with the consent of the faculty member. A faculty member may at any time obtain a copy of material in the files. If requested, copies shall be authenticated by an appropriate administrator. In addition, the PTR file shall not include any anonymous material.

Appeal: If a faculty member has reason to believe that he or she has been denied any of the protections provided for or has suffered through any failure to observe these procedures, the faculty member may seek redress through the grievance procedure described in the Laws and By-Laws of the University of Connecticut, Article XIV.

The deadline for submitting PTR dossiers to the Provost’s Office is: November 30, 2018