Appointment and Tenure-University Policies - Carnegie Mellon University

Appointment and Tenure

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POLICY TITLE: Appointment and Tenure Policy of Carnegie Mellon University
DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was adopted by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on December 10, 1990. The most recent amendments to the policy were approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on April 7, 1997. New guidelines on appointment of university professors were approved by Faculty Senate on February 8, 2000.
ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Office of the Provost. Questions about policy content should be directed to the Office of the Provost, ext. 8-6684.
ABSTRACT: The Appointment and Tenure Policy of Carnegie Mellon University establishes a system of faculty appointments intended to lead to permanent appointment (indefinite tenure).
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Table of Contents:

Goals, Objectives, Scope

Principles

  • Academic freedom and responsibility
  • Standards of faculty conduct

Faculty Appointments: General Policy

  • Ranks
  • Tenure
  • Termination
  • Authority

Faculty Appointments: Term of Appointment and Timing of Decisions

  • Types of appointment
  • Years
  • Terms
  • Tenure decisions
    1. General rules
    2. Previous service
    3. Exclusion from current service ("Stopping the tenure clock")
  • Timely decisions
  • Early decisions

Faculty Appointments: Criteria

  • General principles
  • Criteria
    1. Teaching and Other Educational Activities
    2. Research, Scholarly or Artistic Activities
    3. Other considerations
  • Application of criteria

Faculty Appointments: Procedures

  • General rules
  • University committees
    1. Responsibilities
    2. Composition
  • College and school policies
    1. Policies
    2. Procedure
  • Joint appointments
    1. General rules
    2. Minor joint appointments
    3. Major joint appointments
  • University Professors

Faculty Review Committee

  • Concept and functions
  • Composition
  • Rules
  • Faculty grievances
  • Advisory opinions

Dismissal for Cause and other Sanctions

  • Dismissal for cause
  • Sanctions
  • Procedure
    1. Initiation
    2. Suspension
    3. Ad-Hoc Committee
    4. Exceptions
    5. Statement of charges
    6. Faculty Review Committee procedure
    7. Faculty Review Committee decision
    8. Appeal for reconsideration
    9. Disposition
    10. Communications and notifications
    11. Records
  • Publicity

Appendix: Notices

  • Notices of appointment
  • Notice of number of years of previous service


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Goals, Objectives and Scope

Principles

Faculty Appointments: General Policy

Faculty Appointments: Term of Appointment and Timing of Decisions

Faculty Appointments: Criteria

Faculty Appointments: Procedures

Faculty Review Committees

Dismissal for Cause and other Sanctions

Appendix: Notices