The process and standards for promotion to full professor vary by faculty, but here's what applies to everyone:
Where to find information
- Policy 77 – Tenure and Promotion of Faculty Members.
- Your Faculty’s instructions for applying (if there are no specific guidelines, refer to Policy 77). Applied Health Sciences and Environment have these online.
- The slides from our annual workshop on applying for promotion to full professor (PDF).
- This handout from our workshop for mid-career faculty.
What you need to know
- The requirements: The standards for promotion, and at what point you can apply, vary widely by faculty and department/school.
- What it’s based on: The application to full professor is made largely on the basis of your research profile.
- The timeline: Inform your chair of your intent to apply by June 1, and have your promotion brief (and the names of at least three arms-length external referees) in by July 1.
- The players: As with tenure, your promotion case will go through three levels of committees, and then the University president.
- DTPC = Department Tenure and Promotion Committee
- FTPC = Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee
- UTPC = University Tenure and Promotion Committee
Who to talk to
Your chair/director will be able to give you advice on your suitability for promotion.
Weigh the advantages and challenges of applying. Be sure you have clear reasons and justification for applying for promotion to full professor. When deciding whether and when to apply, consider:
- Are you a minimum of five years post-tenure?
- Do you meet your department/school and faculty standards?
- Do you have support? Do your chair and colleagues support your case?
- Are you prepared to accept a negative decision? Consider how this may affect working relationships in your department.