University System of New Hampshire

F. Promotion and Tenure

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F. Promotion and Tenure

  1. The Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire awards promotion and tenure on the recommendation of a President. The Board also reviews the principles, policies and procedures that the institutions use to recommend candidates for promotion and tenure. In making these decisions the Board considers the institutional missions, future plans, affirmative action goals and other relevant concerns such as numbers of tenured faculty.
  2. The Board of Trustees delegates the full authority to award a promotion from the rank of Instructor to the rank of Assistant Professor (without tenure) to the institutional chief executive officer or his/her designee. Such award shall conform to standards and criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor.
  3. The Educational Excellence Committee's annual review of promotion and tenure recommendations shall be conducted as follows:
    1. Institutional promotion and tenure recommendations are presented to the Educational Excellence Committee as a consent agenda action item. The credentials of the candidates are on file in an appropriate location at each institution.
    2. The policies, principles, and procedures used by the institutions for promotion and tenure are reviewed by the Educational Excellence Committee periodically, not less than every three years.
    3. The Trustees monitor the ways in which promotion and tenure recommendations that year affect (a) the percentage of tenured faculty, (b) affirmative action, (c) the appropriateness to the mission of the institution, (d) institutional planning, and (e) retention of good faculty. A select number of successful candidates shall be described by each president at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.