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Tenure is a privilege reserved for faculty who have demonstrated professional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship, and service, providing confidence to the College and University that they will continue to contribute in all of these areas at a level of excellence that is appropriate for a senior faculty member at Boston University, a major research and teaching institution, through the indefinite future. Thus, in the course of the tenure and promotion review process, we judge the quality and impact of past professional accomplishments, and reach a conclusion about the candidate’s likely professional accomplishments across the long-term future. Although tenure and promotion reviews involve evaluating the evidence of past accomplishments, the decision rests on a judgment about the future.
In the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University our aim is to hire assistant professors who show great promise, to support and encourage their work in order to help them fulfill that promise, and to follow a rigorous, fair, and respectful tenure and promotion process.
We have established formal mentoring processes to assure that faculty can get good advice from colleagues from the beginning, but the best mentoring policy and climate means that all members of the department are involved in giving guidance to faculty members on the tenure-track. For more explanation, see the CAS Mentoring Policies and Practices.
There are three important phases of assessment and review related to the tenure and promotion process:
For more information on any aspect of CAS policies on tenure and promotion, contact the Associate Dean of the Faculty for your division or Alex Lundsted, Tenure and Promotion Coordinator, in the Office of Faculty Actions.
For more information on or help with the CAS faculty mentoring program contact Alexandra Adams.