UNIT CRITERIA FOR TENURE AND PROMOTION – 7.12 STATEMENTS 

As a result of the 2007 changes to the tenure regulations, each unit (including departments, colleges not subdivided into departments, divisions, etc.) at the University of Minnesota was asked to change its own criteria for tenure and promotion to make them consistent with the new and more rigorous tenure and promotion criteria at the university level. These unit criteria are called 7.12 statements because they are mandated by subsection 7.12 of the tenure regulations.  These 7.12 statements have gone through an approval process at the unit level, collegiate level, and at the level of the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Approved 7.12 statements for each unit are displayed by college.  The approval process for some 7.12 statements is still ongoing.

 

Implications for Probationary Faculty Members

According to Interpretation 3 of the tenure regulations (2011), probationary faculty who were hired under the most recent previous 7.12 Statement have the option to choose between the most recent 7.12 Statement and the newly revised and approved 7.12 Statement within one year of the date of administrative approval by the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. Each current probationary faculty member will be asked to sign a memorandum of agreement that documents the selection of 7.12 Statement for subsequent annual reviews and the final promotion and/or tenure decision. Each case is individual and the memorandum of understanding describes the terms of the choice.

 

 

Regardless of their choice of the old or new 7.12 Statement for their promotion to the rank of associate professor and/or the conferral of indefinite tenure, current probationary faculty members will be bound by the new section 9.2 Criteria for Promotion to Professor of the tenure regulations (2011) for their promotion to the rank of professor later in their career. The exception is that if representations during hiring or negotiations were made regarding an election of promotion standards to the rank of professor, followed by reliance on those standards, then these faculty also will have the choice between the old 7.12 Statement and the new 7.12 Statement.

 

Some departments do not have their new 7.12 Statements finalized and effective as of now.  Consequently, chairs/heads should send each new faculty member a copy of the current 7.12 Statement and a copy of the draft of the new proposed 7.12 Statement, with the caveat that the new proposed 7.12 Statement will be finalized shortly.

 

Implications for Tenured Associate Professors

According to Interpretation 3 of the tenure regulations (2011), tenured associate professors who were promoted to the rank of associate professor under the most recent previous 7.12 Statement have the option to choose between the this most recent 7.12 Statement and a newly approved 7.12 Statement within one year of the date of administrative approval by the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

 

 

 


 

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