Promotion and tenure
2011 Tenure Policy Revisions
Additional revisions to the tenure policy were adopted in 2011. Learn more about the key changes here.
Note: For some faculty hired prior to fall 2007, the 2001 policy is still applicable for promotion and/or tenure:
2006-2007 Tenure Revision Process
On June 7, 2007, the Board of Regents approved historic changes in the Regents Policy on Faculty Tenure. These changes represent a faculty-driven process to increase the rigor in tenure and promotion standards at the University of Minnesota while increasing the flexibility of the standards to improve work-life balance for faculty.
Tenure is the keystone for academic freedom and excellence, awarded for academic and professional merit. The Regents Policy on Faculty Tenure (tenure regulations) is the comprehensive institutional code that articulates the formal relationship between the University and its faculty. The tenure regulations were adopted by the Board of Regents in 1945 and continues to uphold "the conviction that a well-defined statement of rules is essential to the protection of academic freedom and to the promotion of excellence at the University of Minnesota. A well-designed promotion and tenure system ensures that considerations of academic quality will be the basis for academic personnel decisions, and thus provides the foundation for academic excellence." (Preamble, Regents Policy on Faculty Tenure)
- Key Changes to the Faculty Tenure Policy
- Administrative Procedures for Implementing the Regents Policy on Faculty Tenure
- List of Approved 7.12 Statements
Tenure and Promotion Processes
- Overview of Annual Processes Regarding Tenure and/or Promotion (including continuous appointments)
Dossier and Promotion Dossier Resources
- Master Curriculum Vitae for Promotion and Tenure
- Annotations for the Curriculum Vitae for Promotion and Tenure
- Instructions for Creating Bookmarks within Adobe Acrobat
- UWide Forms Library
- Form UM 12: Appraisal of Probationary Faculty
- Form UM 13: Promotional Review of Tenured Associate Professors
- Form UM 1764: Extension of Maximum Period of Probationary Service for Tenure-Track Faculty - Notification of New Parent Responsibilities
- Form UM 1765: Extension of Maximum Period of Probationary Service for Tenure-Track Faculty - Caregiver or Personal Medical Illness/Injury or Other
- Form UM 1766: Extension of Maximum Period of Probationary Service for Tenure-Track Faculty - Reduction of Appointment to Less Than 67%
Promotion and tenure workshops
Promotion and Tenure Workshop for Probationary Faculty
Faculty will be contacted directly via email about all upcoming workshops
This is an annual workshop for probationary, tenure-track faculty at any stage who are interested in learning about the promotion and tenure process. The workshop will include information about recent changes to the tenure code and to the administrative procedures governing promotion and/or tenure, new departmental 7.12 statements, and a dialogue with faculty panelists who have been recently tenured.
Promotion to Full Professor Workshops
Faculty will be contacted directly via email about all upcoming workshops.
These are workshops for associate professors about promotion to full professor. Workshops include information about the newly approved tenure code and how it addresses promotion to full professor, as well as a panel of recently promoted full professors.
- Section 9.2 of the Tenure Policy - Criteria for Promotion to Professor
- Promotion from Associate to Full Professor (download Powerpoint)