Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion
This page provides resources for faculty involved in the reappointment, tenure, and promotion (RTP) processes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). A number of foundational documents govern RTP, which are given below in order of decreasing precedence:
- UT Board of Trustees Policies Governing Academic Freedom, Responsibility, and Tenure (BT0006)
- UTC Faculty Handbook
- College and department bylaws
To document the progress of a faculty member through the different level of review, this page also supplies the necessary forms.
During the probationary period, as defined in §3.3 (Probationary Period) of the UTC Faculty Handbook, a faculty member is annually reappointed according to the processes detailed in §3.6 (Reappointment of Tenure-Track Faculty) and §3.7 (Reappointment Review Process). The timeline for reappointment depends on which probationary year the faculty member is completing. The current calendar for reappointments is given here:
We provide a set of flowcharts to help faculty members and administrators navigate what can be a complicated process.
We provide a checklist for constructing and documenting a faculty member’s folder as they pass through the various levels of administrative review.
We provide a recommendation form to document the outcome at each level of review in the reappointment process.
Promotion and Tenure Calendar
The full path to promotion and tenure, including standards and process, is outlined in Chapter 3 (Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty) of the UTC Faculty Handbook. The Provost sets the schedule for promotion and tenure, and the most current dates are shown in the following calendar document.
Promotion and Tenure Forms
A faculty member seeking promotion or tenure will use the following checklist to prepare a folder which will pass up the administrative review chain. This folder is used in addition to the complete dossier of professional materials prepared by a promotion or tenure candidate.
We provide a recommendation form to document the outcome at each level of review in the promotion or tenure review processes. Promotion and tenure have separate forms.
Advice to Candidates
Each year the Provost holds open forums to answer questions from candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion as well as participants in the chain of review. Questions and answers from the last forums are collected below.