Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Provost asks regents to extend upper limit of tenure probationary period

Provost Phil Hanlon said in an e-mail message to faculty Monday that he will ask the university’s Board of Regents to extend the upper limit on tenure probationary periods from eight to 10 years. The change requires a modification of Regent’s Bylaw 5.09.


More information

• Provost Hanlon's letter to faculty
• Hanlon’s Feb. 18 message to faculty
FAQ on the proposed change
Report of the Committee to Consider a More Flexible Probationary Period

The board will consider the proposal when it meets Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building.

Tenure probationary periods are set by the governing faculty of each school and college subject to the upper limit contained in Bylaw 5.09.

If approved by regents, the proposal would not change the tenure probationary periods in any school or college. Rather, this proposal would give added flexibility to the governing faculty of individual schools and colleges to establish the tenure probationary period that best fits their faculty, says Hanlon, the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics.