158.4 Tenure

Created by: Dana Trebing on 10/15/2004
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 50 - Faculty Status
Originator: Academic Administration and Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 158.4
Adoption Date: 08/20/2015
Reviewed for Currency: 08/20/2015
Replaces File: 158.4
Date of Origin: 10/14/1981
Classification: Faculty
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158.4 Tenure


A. Background

The Board of Trustees of Furman University has adopted the 1940 AAUP statement entitled "Academic Freedom and Tenure," and, in order to promote academic freedom, grants tenure to faculty members after a suitable probationary period.


B. Policy

Faculty members granted tenure are on permanent appointment and may be terminated only for adequate cause. For a fuller explanation of adequate cause, see File 131.5. Full-time faculty members not on tenure are considered to be on probationary appointment. See File 157.4.


C. Guidelines

1. Eligibility

a. A full-time faculty member on probationary appointment must be considered for tenure during the sixth year of full-time teaching with the rank of instructor or higher in four-year accredited colleges or universities. At least three of these years must have been at Furman. In those cases in which fewer than three of these years have been at Furman, the decision will be postponed until the third year at Furman. An exception shortening the required probationary period may be established as a part of one's initial appointment at Furman, but only with concurrence of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and a majority of the tenured members of the academic department of the appointee.

b. The President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean may be appointed with tenure in an academic department independently of the procedures contained in guideline (a) above.

c. Professional librarians are not eligible for tenure.

d. Ordinarily, tenure will not be granted unless the appropriate terminal degree or its equivalent has been earned.

2. Procedures

a. In the fall semester of the year in which a tenure decision is to be made, the faculty member should prepare a dossier of material in support of a candidacy for tenure. (Since supporting a case for tenure requires the same kind of evidence used to support a case for promotion, candidates for tenure can consult File 157.3 for a description of relevant materials.)  This dossier will be studied by the tenured members of the candidate's department. At the end of the fall semester, tenured members of the department will meet to discuss and vote upon their recommendation to grant or not to grant tenure.

b. In the event that the candidate holds a joint appointment, the same process will be conducted in each department by faculty members holding tenure. The reviews, discussions, and votes should be conducted concurrently and independently.

c. The departmental recommendation(s) will be sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. The chair and each person who votes will also provide written statements outlining their respective points of view. Early in the spring semester, all of the material pertaining to the candidacy in question will be forwarded by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean to the Faculty Status Committee.

d. The Faculty Status Committee will review the dossier of the candidate, solicit any needed additional information, and make a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and to the President. The President also receives a recommendation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and subsequently makes a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The final decision rests with the Board of Trustees.

e. In the event tenure is not awarded, a faculty member is offered a one-year terminal appointment.

f. For appeal procedures in the event of a negative tenure decision, see File 198.2, Status Committee Operating Procedures.