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2.1.3 Duration of Appointments

Last updated on:
Friday, September 1, 2017
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2.1.C

Tenure Line appointments are made either for a term of years or “without limit of time” (which is commonly referred to as “with tenure”). The total length of time spent in untenured term appointments in the Tenure Line at any rank may not exceed seven years, except in specified circumstances described in the guidelines below. The usual duration of an appointment (subject to relatively rare exceptions granted by the Provost for good cause and on a case-by-case basis) for each rank is:

Rank

Initial Appointment

Reappointment at or Promotion to

Assistant Professor

Normally 3-4 years; may be appointed for a term of up to 5 years

Normally 3-4 years; not to exceed a total of seven years

Associate Professor

With tenure, or for a term of up to 6 years

With tenure, or for a term not to exceed a total of seven years without tenure

Professor

With tenure, or for a term of up to 6 years when special circumstances warrant an appointment for a term of years

With tenure, or for a term of up to 6 years when special circumstances warrant an appointment for a term of years.

 


Although term appointments are frequently made with the clear possibility of reappointment or promotion, there is no entitlement to such action at the end of the term and it is by no means automatic. Instead, decisions on reappointment and promotion, like decisions on initial appointment, are subject to the exercise of professional and scholarly judgment and discretion by the University’s departmental faculty and its academic leadership. Some Tenure Line appointments are also contingent on support from designated institutions or departments. See Section 2.6.2 regarding Coterminous Appointments.