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Modified Duties and Delaying the Tenure Review
The policies described in this document apply to tenure-track and tenured faculty members of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) who hold full-time appointments at the University. LSA policies may be elected by LSA faculty rather than the related University policies, which may have narrower applicability. For clarity, the related University policies are identified below.
Faculty members are encouraged to contact their Divisional Associate Dean with any questions about these policies, including questions of eligibility.
- the reason for modified duties and the timeframe of the life event,
- the term for which modified duties is being requested,
- the responsibilities the faculty member will continue to perform while on modified duties,
- a statement that the faculty member will return to teach for one year following the term of modified duties,
- a statement (where applicable) that the faculty member has co-equal caregiving responsibility for the child(ren) or primary responsibility for the critically ill partner, child(ren), or parent.
DELAYING THE TENURE REVIEW (Last revision: June, 2012)
Delaying the tenure review is an option for tenure-track faculty members who experience life events that may affect their progress towards tenure.
Faculty are expected to fulfill their normal responsibilities during the time the tenure review is delayed unless they have been granted a period of modified duties or medical leave.
Whenever a delay in the tenure review process is granted, it is granted with the clear expectation that the eventual tenure evaluation process will not involve any change in the standards or criteria applied for tenure review. Thus, the delay in the tenure review is granted in recognition that there has been time lost to the tenure candidate that may only be compensated for by a delay in the tenure review.
Delaying the 3rd Year Review
A faculty member who has not yet had his/her third-year review may wish to delay the third-year review. The only way to delay a third-year review is to request postponement of that review along with a request for delay of tenure review.
A delay of tenure review is available to a tenure track faculty member who has experienced a life event as described previously in this document. A delay of tenure review:
- must be submitted within one year of the life event.
- must be requested no later than April 1 of the 5th year on the tenure track.
- does not preclude tenure review at the normal time.
- requires approval by the College Executive Committee.
- and may not extend beyond a total of eight years of service unless approved in writing by the Provost.
- may not be for events occurring in the final year of a faculty member's tenure probationary period.
A faculty member who receives one or two delays of the tenure review and is not awarded tenure may be appointed for a terminal year in his/her current title.
1. A faculty member who wishes to request a delay in the tenure review should submit a written request to the appropriate chair/director. This request should include:
- the reasons for the delay of tenure review,
- the academic year for which this exclusion is requested,
- any other relevant information, and
- a current CV.
2. The chair/director will attach a memo supporting the request and forward the documents to Mandy Harrison (email@example.com; 615-0659; 2150 LSA) for Divisional Associate Dean review and Executive Committee approval.
3. Once the request has been reviewed by the College Executive Committee, the unit (chair/director, key administrator, secretary) will receive an email notification of the approval/denial.
4. If the delay in tenure request is denied by the College or by the Provost, the Divisional Associate Dean will communicate this to the appropriate chair/director.
5. After the notification of approval, the faculty member will receive a letter from the dean outlining the terms of the delay(s) in tenure and asking for the faculty member to sign and return the letter within 10 business days. The letter will be cc’d to the unit chair/director and key administrator.
See SPG 201.92, "Tenure Clock Probationary Period: http://spg.umich.edu/pdf/201.92.pdf Effects on Tenure Clock of Childbearing and Dependent Care Responsibilities," for the related University policy
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