March 25, 2020

Tenure track timetable extended

Due to the current academic environment, Purdue tenure-track faculty who request an extension will now have automatic approval for a one-year extension of the probationary period (tenure clock).

“We recognize that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created circumstances that prevent or interrupt faculty progress toward professional and scholarly achievement,” says Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs. “This is especially critical for faculty working toward tenure within a limited and specified time frame."

Who is eligible?

  • All tenure-track faculty who have not entered their penultimate year.

What does it mean to request this tenure clock extension?

  • Faculty who apply for this extension will automatically be granted a one-year extension to their probationary period (tenure clock).
  • If faculty receive this extension but later decide that they do not need the additional year, they may request that their unit advance their candidacy according to their original clock.

When do faculty have to decide whether or not to opt in?

  • Requests for the automatic extension must be received by Aug. 17.
  • Faculty who choose not to apply for this automatic extension but who decide in future years that the pandemic has indeed set back their progress significantly will be free to apply for an extension under the standard promotion Policy and Procedures.

How do faculty apply for the extension?

Whom should faculty contact with questions?

  • Faculty seeking advice about whether to opt in should contact their department/school head.
  • Questions about the process should be directed to Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs.

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