New York University Promotion and Tenure Guidelines
This document sets forth the core principles and procedures for tenure and promotion at New York University. They are designed to support high academic standards in awarding tenure and promotion, and to insure a comprehensive, rigorous, and fair review of the candidates. The successful implementation of the guidelines to achieve and maintain high academic standards depends on the leadership of the deans, the provost and the president working in conjunction with the tenured faculty.
UNIVERSITY APPROVAL, SCHOOL GUIDELINES
Each school at New York University must establish its own detailed guidelines for
promotion and tenure, consistent with its own culture. These school guidelines must
conform to each of the University-wide general guidelines described in this document.
These school guidelines must contain a detailed, comprehensive, and fair set of
procedures which will enable the school to perform rigorous and effective reviews of
candidates for tenure and/or promotion. These school guidelines must appear in a
document that is readily available in print, in electronic media and on the web, to all
members of the school.
These school guidelines, and any subsequent changes to them, must be presented to
the Provost of New York University for approval, and the Provost should consult with the FSC prior to making the final decision about such changes. A sample template of guidelines will be made available to each school – guidelines which will be sufficient and, should the school elect to use them, be automatically approved.
A high standard of excellence and effectiveness in teaching in the context of a research university is a prerequisite for tenure at NYU, as is the promise of effective contributions toward the work of the individual's department or school and the intellectual life of the University. Once these prerequisites are met, outstanding scholarship or creative work in the arts is the requirement for tenure. Thus, in order to have a reasonable prospect of gaining tenure at NYU, a candidate must have a record of outstanding achievement and recognition in scholarly research or creative work in the arts together with a record of effective teaching integrally influenced by scholarship or creative work. In the absence of such a record, tenure will not be granted.
The process of evaluating a candidate for tenure is an inquiry: Is the candidate for tenure among the strongest in his or her field, in comparison with other individuals in the same field at similar points in their careers, taking into consideration the goals of the department?
Standards and Process for Promotion to Full Professor
The inquiry for promotion to full professor is essentially the same as for a tenure candidate: is the candidate for promotion among the strongest in her/his field, in comparison with individuals at similar points in their careers? In addition, the candidate must have achieved a significant milestone or marker beyond the work considered at the point of awarding tenure. The normal expectation will be that the new work mark significant new scholarly research or artistic achievement since the conferring of tenure. The docket must clearly indicate which work distinguishes the candidate’s achievements since the last review for promotion.
It is neither desirable nor possible to define an abstract and universal standard of measurement for tenure and promotion. Each case must be examined in detail by making explicit comparisons, by delineating special strengths, and by acknowledging limits or weaknesses. Context may be a criterion in judging the strength of a particular candidate. All these factors must be carefully discussed and weighed in reaching a recommendation on tenure or promotion.