HR & Promotion

College of The Arts – Tenure & Promotion Guidelines (under a consolidated One-USF):

USF Tenure and Promotion Guidelines (for a consolidated One-USF – effective July 1, 2020) 
Note: “…the effective date of the new guidelines are not applicable to branch campus tenure-track faculty hired (with some exceptions) before Fall 2017 who elect to be considered under the prevailing tenure guidelines of their present branch campus.” Dwayne Smith, Senior Vice Provost

College of The Arts – School Tenure & Promotion Criteria



Regarding applicants for tenure in the area of creative practice, the following statement summarizes the University of South Florida expectations.
In the College of The Arts, all scholarly research and creative work such as art work, performance engagements, concerts, stage performances, plays written, choreography, and graphic, architectural & community design usually and naturally are measured by the following three dimensions: Significance of the Work, Magnitude of Involvement and Critical Recognition.

Significance of Work is the extent to which the work, concert, architectural design and planning, etc. has significance (i.e., local significance, regional significance, national significance, international significance). The more relevance the work has within the international/national dialog and/or attention of the national/international discipline, the more SIGNIFICANT it is...this can be called "locally significant" or "regionally significant" or "nationally significant" or "internationally significant"...not because of geography but because of such factors as: where it happens; with whom it happens; and how it is recognized. So something can happen locally but be of national importance; something can happen in NYC and still be of local significance only.

Magnitude of Involvement is a measurement of an individual's contribution to the work, concert, architectural design and planning, etc. Like co-authoring, the greater singular involvement, the greater the magnitude of artistic involvement. Or another example, an individual having a one person show may have greater magnitude than one who is in a group show....but the group show may be much more important if it is a national and a solo show of less importance if it only local.

Critical Recognition is a measurement of enormous importance. If peers notice your work, that is important. If a recognized critic systematically and contextually reviews your work and values it, that is very important. If a magazine or journalist writes about your work or even mentions your work that is an example of critical recognition.


Tenure applicants in the College of the Arts have a maximum seven (7) year probationary period which includes the year of application, therefore the applicant must submit the application by their seventh (7th ) year.


Mid-tenure review is conducted in the spring semester of the third year in the probationary period.