Office of Faculty Affairs
and Development
College of Human Medicine

Office of Faculty Affairs
and Development
College of Human Medicine

Tenure System Faculty

PREPARING FOR REVIEW

Departments apply rigorous standards to reviews based on objective and relevant criteria. These criteria must be provided, to all faculty members at time of appointment and promotion. Criteria encompass Department, CHM and MSU criteria. Departments are responsible for initiating the RPT Process and providing guidance as to the specific timelines, procedures and criteria for their faculty.

Faculty are also responsible to familiarize themselves with their department timelines, procedures and criteria prior to submitting an application packet for reappointment, promotion, and tenure review.

REVIEW TIMELINE

It is important to note that tenure reviews follow a strict timeline:

Assistant Professor

  • 1st probationary review - occurs approximately 2 years prior to the end of their first probationary period (4 years).
  • 2nd (final) probationary review - occurs approximately 2 years prior to end of 2nd probationary period (final 3 years).

Associate Professor

  • Probationary review - occurs approximately 2 years prior to end of the 4 year probationary period. (Applies to faculty initially appointed as Associate Professor TS.)

REVIEW PROCESS

A departmental peer review committee generally provides advice to the Chairperson/Director regarding reappointment, promotion and tenure decisions. Faculty are given an opportunity to confer with the department peer review committee before a decision is made.

Department Chairperson/Director conducts an independent evaluation, taking into consideration peer evaluation, and forwards a recommendation to Faculty Affairs and Development for College RPT Committee review.

The College RPT Committee provides advice to the Dean about department/unit recommendations for promotion and tenure. The Dean independently reviews each recommendation for promotion and tenure and forwards recommendations to the Provost.

The Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources and the Senior Associate Provost consult with the Provost regarding the Dean’s recommendations. The Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources, the Senior Associate Provost and the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies jointly review each recommendation with the Dean and approves/disapproves each recommendation on behalf of the Office of the Provost. The Board of Trustees takes action on recommendations involving the award of tenure.

Departments submit of reappointment, promotion and tenure materials to CHM Faculty Affairs and Development by the first working day in January.

REAPPOINTMENT and PROMOTION PROCESS

Faculty Candidate completes and submits to Department

1. Candidate Completes Tenure Form D, Section IV
2. Curriculum Vitae (AAMC example)
3. Reflective Essay
4. Academic Portfolio

Department/Chair completes and submits to College

5. Chair Completes Tenure Form D, Sections I–III
6. External Letters of Reference (for promotions only)
7. Items 1–4 above


Guidelines and Form

Hired before July 2017: CHM Tenure Reappointment/ Promotion Guidelines

Hired after July 2017: CHM Tenure Reappointment/ Promotion Guidelines

CHM Letters of Reference


MSU External Letters of Reference

Reflective Essay Examples

MSU Tenure Policies

MSU Faculty Handbook