Upon completing a terminal degree, a tenured instructor may request consideration for promotion to a tenured assistant professor. In order to achieve this rank, however, the candidate must demonstrate the same achievements as required for a non-tenured assistant professor to earn tenure.
The instructor who wishes to pursue a terminal degree with expectation of promotion to the rank of assistant professor would be required to obtain the approval of his/her peers in the department to support the possible rank change. The peers would consider whether the specialization being pursued would fulfill the strategic needs of the department. However, the peers’ advice to the instructor at this time would not bind their later response to his or her application for promotion. This requirement would follow a process equivalent to that used in determining a search for a new faculty position.
[Approved at University Assembly December 1, 2010.]