COVID-19 Pandemic Modifications to Tenure, Promotion, and Review Processes

As we emerge collectively from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University recognizes the impact of the pandemic on our faculty members. To enable the contextualization of the COVID-19 pandemic regarding candidate records, the Office of Faculty Affairs implemented the below measures/guidance:

  • COVID-19 Tenure/Permanent Status Delay. The tenure delay (which includes permanent status track librarians) is operational and has been announced. Read the details regarding the tenure delay; read the details regarding the permanent status delay.
  • Optional Candidate COVID-19 Impact Statement. The optional Candidate COVID-19 Impact Statement enables faculty members to articulate the personal and/or professional impacts of the pandemic on their faculty activities. If provided, the Candidate COVID Impact Statement statements will remain internal to University promotion and review processes. Read the details
  • Field Impact Statement. Academic units (departments, schools within colleges, and non-departmentalized colleges or schools) must develop a Field Impact Statement for inclusion in promotion dossiers. The Field Impact Statement is designed to provide additional important context that informs review processes in light of unit evaluative criteria and expectations. Field Impact Statements will remain internal to University promotion and review processes. Read the details
  • University COVID-19 Actions Timeline. The University took a number of actions related to campus operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 2020 and June 2021. While these actions served to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, the measures also impacted the ability of faculty members to engage in their expected responsibilities. This timeline of University actions should be included in the materials sent to external evaluators. Read the details
  • Unit Head and Promotion and Review Committee Guidance. This document offers unit heads as well as promotion and/or review committees guidance on the conduct of promotion review processes given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the details. 

The University’s APT Manual has been updated to reflect the above changes.