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Tenure and Promotion

Tenure and promotion recognize a collective commitment to and responsibility for Emory's mission and vision by the university and its faculty.

University Policies

The university policies governing tenure and promotion are outlined in the Board of Trustees' Statement of Principles Governing Faculty Relationships ("Gray Book") (PDF).

The Process

The tenure and promotion process for tenure-track faculty involves four sequential steps, outlined below. A nomination for tenure and/or promotion must be approved at each level to advance to the next step in the process. The promotion process for non-tenure track faculty is governed by each school.

Step 1: School / College Review

The tenure and promotion process originates in Emory's schools and colleges, each of which has its own guidelines and procedures. It is essential for faculty members to become familiar with their school's process and dossier requirements.

Emory College of Arts and Sciences School of Medicine: 2017 guidelines2011 guidelines (PDF)
Oxford College (PDF) Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (PDF)
Goizueta Business School (PDF) Rollins School of Public Health (PDF)
School of Law (PDF) Candler School of Theology (PDF)

Step 2: Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee Review

The Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (TPAC) is a panel of faculty members who review candidates' dossiers and make recommendations to the president and provost.

Step 3: President and Provost Review

With input from TPAC, the president and provost review dossiers for faculty promotions and tenure and make recommendations for promotion and/or tenure to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Step 4: Board of Trustees Review

The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees reviews candidates' dossiers recommended for consideration by the president and provost. The committee makes its recommendations to the full Board (or its Executive Committee when the full Board is not in session). The Board of Trustees is the final approving authority for tenure and promotion.

Office of the Provost contact: Rebecca Nurse, Associate Director of Faculty Affairs