Provost’s Office Announces New Tenure Track Policy

Posted: March 13, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Office of the Provost has announced a new policy for tenure-track assistant professors. It reads as follows:

“All initial hire, tenure-track assistant professors will be granted a one-semester study leave. (Note: an ‘initial hire, tenure-track assistant professor’ is defined as an individual hired on a first three-year renewable term.) This leave may occur during the first five years of the tenure-track cycle. It is designed to assist a tenure-track faculty member in advancing his or her research, scholarly, or creative activities. The timing of this leave will be subject to approval by both the respective local academic unit head and the appropriate dean/director. The Office of the Provost will provide one-course matrix replacement funding per granted leave request.

“This leave policy is, in no way, intended to conflict with an existing local academic unit practice; rather than reducing a local academic unit’s flexibility, its intent is to enhance and supplement existing practices. During the semester either prior to or succeeding the faculty member’s leave, the local academic unit may need to ask the recipient to teach one additional course in order to accommodate this leave.

“This policy will be effective, retroactively to initial hires, as of academic year 1999.”

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