Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2010

Academic Titles and Tenure

The University of Texas at Austin

Executive Sponsor: Executive Vice President and Provost

November 1, 1982

 


 

Academic titles in The University of Texas System are listed and defined in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, Rule 31001.

 

Regulations concerning academic tenure are provided in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, Rule 31001. Particular attention should be given to the mandatory notification requirement detailed in the regulations. The following interpretation and expansion of these regulations apply to The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Tenure denotes a status of continuing appointment as a member of the faculty at a component institution. Only members of the faculty with academic titles of Professor and Associate Professor may be granted tenure after September 1, 1980. Tenure may not be granted to any individual holding a professorial rank carrying the description "visiting," "clinical," or "adjunct." Tenure may be granted at the time of appointment or withheld pending satisfactory completion of a probationary period of faculty service. Appointments to the title Professor or Associate Professor shall be with tenure.

 

No nontenured member of the faculty should expect continuing appointment beyond the term of his or her current appointment. Any commitment to employ a nontenured member of the faculty beyond the term of his or her current appointment shall have no force and effect until approved by the Board of Regents.

 

Only full-time service in the academic rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor, or any combination thereof, shall be counted toward fulfillment of a required probationary period related to the acquisition of tenure. Full-time service is defined as holding a 100% time appointment in the University for both the fall and spring semesters of an academic year on faculty salaries and/or on any other funds administered by the University, and being in full compliance with Regental standards pertaining to the minimum faculty teaching requirements. Periods during which a faculty member is on leave of absence without salary from the University or is serving in the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Specialist or any rank carrying the description "visiting," "clinical," or "adjunct," or periods of prior academic service at any institution other than The University of Texas at Austin shall not be counted toward fulfillment of a required probationary period related to the acquisition of tenure. The title Visiting Assistant Professor is not used at UT Austin.

 

  1. Instructors

The maximum probationary period that may be served in the rank of Instructor is four years. Not later than an instructor's third year of full-time service, the budget council and chairman of his or her department shall recommend to the administration: (a) that he or she be promoted to assistant professor; or (b) that he or she be placed on terminal appointment for the next (i.e., fourth) year. The instructor should be informed not later than August 31 of his or her third year of full-time service of the final decision regarding his or her status. Nothing, however, shall preclude a review of a decision to place an instructor on terminal appointment during the year in which the individual is serving under terminal appointment.

 

An instructor who, for any reason, has been continued beyond the four-year probationary period is not eligible for tenure as an instructor nor will promotion to assistant professor automatically result. A review of the status of any instructor in these circumstances will be mandatory as soon as possible following discovery.

 

  1. Assistant Professors

The maximum probationary period that may be served as an assistant professor is seven years. If the individual has held the rank of Instructor, the maximum period that may be served in any combination in rank of Instructor and Assistant Professor shall not exceed seven years.

 

Not later than an individual's sixth year of full-time service as an assistant professor, or of combined service as instructor and assistant professor, the budget council and chairman of his or her department shall recommend to the administration: (a) that he or she be promoted to associate professor with tenure; or (b) that he or she be placed on terminal appointment for the next (i.e., seventh) year.

 

An assistant professor who, for any reason, has been continued beyond the seven-year probationary period is not eligible for tenure as an assistant professor nor will promotion to associate professor automatically result. A review of the status of any assistant professor in these circumstances will be mandatory as soon as possible following discovery.

 

 

Previously HOP 3.15