Retention, Tenure & Promotion Handbook


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Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) processes at any university can be stressful and confusing. The University and departmental criteria are often written in broad strokes for greater flexibility, but that lack of precision can be anxiety-provoking, because the expectations are not spelled out. No document can offer a fool-proof template for success at RTP, but the purpose of this handboook is to help you organize your materials and present your achievements in ways that will be understandable and compelling to the reviewers.

Ultimately, it’s up to the candidate to make the case of deserving tenure and promotion, and pieces of the file, such as the narratives, are among the most powerful tools available to candidates and reviewers.

This document is based on the Senate Policy #F16-241, the latest RTP guidelines available at the time of this writing. Please check the website of Faculty Affairs to make sure this is the most current document. Most of this manual addresses general issues that will not be affected by revisions to the policy, but some of the details may change.


Download the PDF document: Preparing and Evaluating Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) Files: A Handbook for candidates and peer reviewers