Tenure & Promotion
All CAS academic departments have revised tenure and promotion criteria in accordance with the 2015 USF T&P Guidelines: "Criteria for tenure and promotion, specifying documented and measurable performance outcomes, must be developed by individual colleges and departments" (p. 1).
The criteria posted below have been approved by both the Dean and Provost's offices; respective approval and effective dates are listed on the individual criterion.
Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology
Humanities & Cultural Studies
Mathematics & Statistics
School of Geosciences
School of Information
School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
School of Public Affairs
Women's and Gender Studies
Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications
University T&P Guidelines and Information
USF 2015 Tenure and Promotion Guidelines. The new University T&P Guidelines take effect June 5th, 2015. Those applying for tenure and/or promotion in Fall 2018 will be the first group that must follow the 2015 Guidelines.
Vice-Provost Kofi Glover's official announcement of the 2015 Guidelines.
This document, prepared by the Provost's Office, offers answers to common questions about the 2015 USF Tenure and Promotion Guidelines. It was distributed by Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith on April 29, 2015.
College of Arts & Sciences T&P Procedures
2017 CAS T&P Procedures. CAS Faculty recommended these Procedures be approved by the Dean on October 28, 2015. The Dean approved and forwarded to the Provost's office on December 2, 2015. They were approved by the Provost on June 1, 2016, and became effective June 1, 2017.
Seven Year Tenure Probationary Period
The 2015 USF T&P Guidelines gave colleges the right to set their own tenure probationary periods. The faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences voted to extend the tenure probationary period to seven (7) years.
The CAS Dean's Office consulted with the Provost's Office and the Union: all are in agreement that the cohort hired on tenure-track with an effective start date of August 7, 2017, will fall under the new seven-year probationary period as will all subsequent tenure-track faculty hires.
Please note these related items:
• This change in the length of the probationary period is not retroactive and does not apply to tenure-track faculty hired before August 7, 2017.
• The mid-tenure review will still be conducted in the spring semester of the third year in the probationary period.
• Departmental T&P Criteria with expectations for excellence in teaching and in research have not changed with the new probationary period.
• Candidates who are hired with years of credit toward tenure will also calculate their tenure clocks on the 7-year probationary period.
Below are the relevant actions and dates reviewed by the CAS Dean's Office, the Provost's Office, and USF's United Faculty of Florida to determine the cohort for this change in the tenure probationary period.
Faculty votes to approve seven-year probationary period
|October 25, 2015||This vote was part of revising CAS T&P Procedures and the Provost's mandate to bring all departmental and college T&P documents into alignment with 2015 USF T&P Guidelines.|
|Vice-Provost Kofi Glover approves CAS Tenure Procedures||June 1, 2016||Approval was made with the caveat that CBA negotiations and ratifications were necessary.|
|CBA ratified by BOT||October 14, 2016||CBA specified that colleges may set their own tenure probationary periods.|
|Effective Date of CAS Tenure Procedures||June 1, 2017||This was one year following Provost approval as required by CBA.|
Calculating T&P Probationary Period Chart. This chart notes important scheduled activities through the tenure process.