Under a standard seven-year tenure clock, the tenure review process begins in the spring of the candidate’s 6th year. Please refer to information regarding tenure clock calculations (above) for adjustments to this timeline.
The first stage of the review process involves the solicitation of external evaluations by the Dean’s Office. Per Provost Office requirements, 10-12 external letters are sought. Candidates may provide their Department Chair with the names of up to three external evaluators who could effectively evaluate their scholarly and professional activities. Both arm’s length and non-arm’s length names can be provided. The final evaluator list is put forth by the candidate’s department and approved by the APT and Dean’s Office. The names furnished by candidates may or may not be used in the Dean’s Office solicitations.
Beyond the submission of a maximum of three names, the evaluator list and status of solicitations is not discussed with the candidate by the Department Chair or anyone else involved in the review process. The identity of solicited evaluators is deemed strictly confidential and cannot be released to candidates. Further, only the Dean’s Office can approach external evaluators. Candidates should never reach out to possible letter writers, even if they will be submitting their names. This confidential process must be carefully governed.