No one may serve simultaneously on both the Grievance Committee and a Promotion and Tenure Committee, or on both a School and the University Promotion and Tenure Committees. Membership on a Promotion and Tenure Committee does not affect eligibility for other Faculty committees. In the case that a faculty member intends to seek promotion or tenure, the faculty member is ineligible to serve on a Promotion and Tenure Committee and should not run for election. A present member of a Promotion and Tenure Committee is expected to complete his/her term of service prior to undergoing review for promotion or tenure. A member of a Promotion and Tenure Committee who is unable to complete his/her term due to illness or other serious reason will be replaced that year by the elected alternate for all deliberations by the committee.
The School Promotion and Tenure Committee consist of five tenured faculty members at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The Dean of the School will determine the term of service on the School Committee. If possible, the Dean shall enlist at least three nominees for each available seat on the Committee. The School faculty will elect the School Committee according to the election policy of the School; the Dean will appoint the Chairperson of the School Committee from among the five members. Should a School not have enough tenured faculty members to serve on the Committee; the Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint eligible members from other schools to the School Committee. If a School has Department Promotion and Tenure Committees, department chairs are ineligible to serve on the School Promotion and Tenure Committee.
A School may determine whether Department Promotion and Tenure Committees are needed within a school and will establish the terms of service on such committee or committees. A Department Promotion and Tenure Committee will consist of three tenured faculty members, one of whom is the Department Chair, with all members at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. In the case that a faculty member intends to apply for promotion or tenure, the faculty member is ineligible to serve on the Department Committee. Department Committee members are elected by the department faculty. Should the Department Chair not have tenure, a faculty member with tenure will be elected from the School faculty by the Department faculty.
The University Promotion and Tenure Committee membership consists of six faculty members nominated and elected by the University faculty. Each serves for a two-year term; no elected member may serve more than two terms consecutively. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint the Chairperson from among the six members. Faculty members are eligible to serve if they are tenured and are at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Chairs and faculty members who serve on promotion and tenure committees within a school are ineligible to serve on the University Committee. Elections are held annually; three faculty members are elected one year and three the next. All members of the University Committee are elected by a full faculty vote. One faculty member is elected from each School with two at-large members. If a School has no faculty members who are eligible to serve on the University Committee, an additional at-large member will be elected. The Committee reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.