Promotion and Tenure Resources
Tenure is a common university practice that ensures the academic freedom of faculty members, enabling them to pursue new areas of research and discovery. Tenure allows USU to compete with other academic institutions for distinguished scholars to teach and mentor students. Faculty members who receive tenure must undergo a rigorous review process where their contributions to teaching, research, and service is reviewed by senior faculty members at USU and across their disciplines.
At USU, tenure is offered to candidates who meet the national criteria outlined by their respective disciplines and also satisfy USU tenure requirements. Faculty should familiarize themselves with these guidelines to remain as competitive as possible. They should visit the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost for a detailed listing of promotion and tenure dates, procedures, and policies.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017: Deadline for Promotion and/or Tenure Recommendations to CHaSS Dean's Office
Decisions to promote faculty members and award tenure are among the most important made by the university, for they determine the quality of faculty for decades to come. Consistent with peer institutions, the internal promotion and tenure process at Utah State University involves several levels of review by a wide range of university colleagues before a final decision is made by the Board of Trustees. Five internal levels of review are completed and while the reviews are completed independently, they are interconnected in that the recommendation of each level is added to the materials reviewed by subsequent levels.