The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tenure and Promotion

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has a policy to encourage the regular review of faculty potential for promotion. Each academic year department personnel committees should take the opportunity to discuss the potential promotion of any faculty member who is scheduled to submit a PMYR report that year at any rank less than Full Professor. In addition, the personnel committee is encouraged to provide feedback to the faculty member about prospects for promotion in the future. This policy does not bind the actions of the personnel committee, nor discourage discussion of any other promotion case at any time, but is designed to encourage a minimal standard for a regular review of promotion prospects.

Although the tenure and promotion process can be anxiety-provoking, you were hired because you showed such merit and achievement that your colleagues decided you were highly likely to succeed. Start talking with your chair, mentors and colleagues early about your progress and develop a plan toward tenure/promotion. The SBS Associate Dean of Research and Development can also meet with you individually and periodically holds information sessions and workshops for faculty on tenure and promotion.

The criteria and process for tenure and promotion are described in the Provost's Annual Letter on Promotion and Tenure. In addition, there are many useful resources to found through the Office of Faculty Development.

University policies on promotion and all other personnel actions can be found on the Provost's website.