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Progress Toward Tenure Review

The progress toward tenure review is prospective by estimating your future promise in the context of the unit’s criteria for promotion and tenure. This review is different from the standard annual performance evaluation, which summarizes past performance and for which there may be different criteria. The progress toward tenure review is conducted internally during the fall semesters for all non-tenured assistant and associate professors who are not going through the probationary review, or the promotion and tenure review.

The chair/director provides feedback about your professional development and progress toward earning tenure. Although a written summary of the feedback is required (ACD 506-03), it often follows a more detailed conversation between you and your chair/director. From that perspective, the progress toward tenure review is essentially a goal-setting exercise contextual to promotion and tenure criteria.

Probationary Review

The probationary review is both an appraisal of progress to date and an assessment of your trajectory toward promotion and tenure. The probationary review is a formal, structured review very similar to the promotion and tenure review, except it does not require external letters. This review occurs midway through your probationary period and involves multiple levels of internal review (ACD 506-03).

The probationary review has three possible outcomes:

  • You continue on the path to promotion and tenure
  • You receive a conditional appointment whereby specific conditions must be met in order to continue on the path to promotion and tenure
  • The provost issues a terminal contract

The probationary review should clearly articulate your strengths and weaknesses, and you should carefully consider the feedback provided from the review. Moving forward, you should think strategically about the timing of upcoming scholarly contributions and be careful not to over-commit to service and professional obligations as you approach your promotion and tenure review.

Promotion and Tenure Review

The promotion and tenure review is a formal, structured appraisal of both your progress to date and your promise of continued excellence (ACD 506-04). It involves both internal and external evaluations. Although the unit, college and university levels of review occur in the fall of your final year as assistant professor, you will actually prepare and submit your case to your chair/director in the previous spring.

It is important to realize that promotion and tenure are not awarded solely on the basis of excellent performance (ACD 506-04). The tenure process takes into account the mission and objectives of each academic unit and the university as a whole. Tenure is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in their fields and an ability to contribute to the university’s priorities. As such, your case should articulate past achievements, as well as new scholarly pursuits.

The promotion and tenure review has three possible outcomes:

  • Promotion and tenure are awarded
  • The president extends the probationary period
  • Promotion and tenure are denied and a terminal contract is issued

Sabbatical Leave

Consistent with ACD 705, sabbatical leave is granted or denied based on the merits of the individual proposal upon the recommendation of the university. The following personnel are eligible to apply for sabbatical leave:

  • Administrators with faculty rank who have completed six years of full-time service at ASU
  • Faculty members who have achieved tenure and completed six years of full-time continuous service, with the rank of assistant professor or higher at ASU

Individuals returning from sabbatical leave must submit a concise final report to the school through their unit administrator, which addresses accomplishment of the purposes stated in the application for sabbatical leave. The sabbatical report should be submitted using the Sabbatical Leave Report.

Emeritus Status

Tenured faculty who retire may be recommended for emeritus status which must be approved by the president.


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