Whether you're going up for tenure next year, or you've just started your first probationary term, it's never too early to learn about the tenure process!

What you need to know

  • The players: Tenure cases 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
  • The deadlines: Your notice of intent to apply is due to your chair on June 1, and your brief needs to be submitted by July 1, along with the names of at least three arms-length external referees.
  • The extensions available: There are many reasons for extending the renewal period (parental leave, illness, delay setting up lab equipment). If you think his applies to you, it may be helpful to check in with FAUW. For extensions related to illness or disability, talk to Occupational Health.
  • The warning signs:  If you get negative comments on an annual performance review, take the comments to heart and come check in with us.
  • Your options: You have recourse to challenge an unfavourable decision, though proactive strengthening of your tenure file will ideally avoid this step. You can also challenge the involvement of particular referees and DTPC/FTPC members on your file, for bias or conflict of interest (i.e., that the person will benefit or be perceived to benefit from the decision).

Where to find information