Promotion and tenure are important milestones in the career of an academic faculty member. Granted as a reward for teaching, scholarly, and service contributions to the University and to their respective field of study, both honors are designed to build a faculty committed to excellence for the institution and to enhance its reputation. The conferral of promotion and tenure follows a rigorous evaluation process involving multiple layers of peer and administrator review.
Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines for Tenure-Track Faculty
Faculty members applying for promotion and tenure must chronicle their teaching efforts, scholarly accomplishments, and service contributions in a comprehensive application dossier. This record is extensively reviewed at several levels within the University and by external reviewers in their field.
To provide applicants with an overview of the entire process, informational sessions jointly organized by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Faculty Senate are held prior to the start of each review cycle.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Diane Z. Chase, congratulates the faculty who have received tenure commencing July 1, 2018. The tenure recommendations were officially approved at the March 2018 Board of Regents meeting.
During the course of the promotion and tenure review cycle, the Office of Faculty Affairs offers ongoing informational and technical support to both promotion and tenure applicants as well as to others involved in review processes.
Available for download below is a consolidated file of the 2018-2019 Promotion and Tenure Review Cycle documents, including instructions; department committee, department chair, college committee, and dean evaluation forms; faculty waiver form; and more. This file does not contain a blank application form. In consultation with the Faculty Senate, Digital Measures has been selected as the platform for completion of the tenure and/or promotion application. Applicants must enter information into their Digital Measures profile and generate their application from the system. Regular support sessions for Digital Measures are held throughout the year.
Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines for Non Tenure-Track Faculty
According to the UNLV Bylaws, academic faculty members of rank 0 are not eligible for tenure but are eligible for promotion. Such faculty include the following:
The primary role of research faculty members is to perform scholarly research and generate publications. The title of Research Faculty is used for appointment at the professional level for individuals with a terminal degree. Research faculty members may be promoted in accordance with the general guidelines for academic rank (i.e., from Assistant Research Professor to Associate Research Professor and also from Associate Research Professor to Research Professor).
The primary role of lecturers is to provide instruction. The title of Lecturer is used for appointment at the professional level where a terminal degree is not required. Lecturers can be promoted to Senior Lecturers.
Faculty in Residence
Faculty in Residence also occupy instructional roles. The title Faculty in Residence is used for appointment at the professional level for individuals with a terminal degree. Faculty members in residence may be promoted in accordance with the general guidelines for academic rank (i.e., from Assistant Professor in Residence to Associate Professor in Residence and also from Associate Professor in Residence to Professor in Residence).
The promotional process for research faculty members differs from the process for lecturers and faculty members in residence. Research faculty applying for promotion undergo a review similar to that of individuals in a tenure-line positions applying for tenure and/or promotion. For instance, their promotion dossiers are reviewed by the University (Faculty Senate) Promotion and Tenure Committee. Therefore, the timeline for the promotion of research faculty members corresponds with the promotion timeline for tenure-track and tenured faculty. Research faculty seeking promotion should examine the instructions outlined in the section above for tenure-line faculty members and also talk with their supervisors for additional guidance.
In contrast, there is no step for review by the University Promotion and Tenure Committee in the promotional path for lecturers and faculty in residence. Promotion processes for these non tenure-track faculty members are largely unit-driven, and practices will differ from department to department and college to college. Unit standards for promotion will govern promotion requirements for lecturers and faculty in residence. The contents of application dossiers should reflect promotion standards. Typical components include a comprehensive application form, a copy of the promotion standards, copies of past annual evaluations, a department-level committee evaluation, a department chair/director evaluation, a college-level committee evaluation, and a dean evaluation. Timelines for the promotion of lecturers and faculty in residence differ across units. The Provost office will accept applications both in the Fall (along with applications for tenure-line and research faculty) as well as in the Spring. If the latter, applications packets must be submitted by April 15th to the Office of Faculty Affairs to allow adequate time for Provost review, approval, and budgeting before the start of the new fiscal year.
The promotion and tenure forms are dynamic PDF forms that require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete. They also require electronic signatures using Adobe Digital ID. For instructions and other guidance, please consult the Completing and Signing PDF Forms help page.
The promotion and tenure process is managed by the Office of Faculty Affairs. Questions regarding the process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to a member of the Office of Faculty Affairs staff.