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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.

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.

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.

With advice 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.

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, Director of Faculty Affairs

Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (TPAC)

The Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (TPAC) is responsible for conducting evaluation of all candidates who are nominated for appointment or promotion to associate professor or professor with tenure, or for the grant of tenure at rank, from all departments, if applicable, and from all of Emory's schools and colleges.

Download the Guidelines for the Operation of the Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee

TPAC ensures broad representation of academic areas through inclusion of:

  • 8 school-based members elected by each school's faculty
  • 4 at-large members elected by all tenured faculty, with one each to represent STEM and Health Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Open/Unspecified Area

The committee member term is three years, with one-third of the panel newly elected each year.

In 2017, four members of the former President's Advisory Committee transitioned to TPAC to complete the final year of their elected terms:

  • Oxford
  • Theology
  • ECAS
  • STEM and Health Sciences at-large

In spring 2017, 8 new TPAC members were elected.

Four have two-year terms:

  • Nursing
  • RSPH
  • Law
  • Unspecified at-large

Four have three-year terms:

  • SOM
  • GBS
  • Arts and Humanities at-large
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences at-large

Beginning in 2018, all new members will be elected for three-year terms.

The Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (TPAC) ensures broad representation of academic areas through inclusion of eight school-based members elected by each school's tenured faculty and four at-large members elected by all tenured faculty.

TPAC Committee Members
RepresentationNameTerm
Emory CollegeEllen Idler2018-2021
Oxford CollegeSusan Ashmore2018-2021
School of BusinessSandy Jap2017-2020
School of LawMichael J. Perry2017-2019
School of MedicineMalú Tansey2017-2020
School of NursingElizabeth Corwin2017-2019
School of Public HealthMichelle C. Kegler2017-2019
School of TheologyWalter Wilson2018-2021
At-large: Arts and HumanitiesLeslie Taylor2017-2020
At-large: Behavioral and Social SciencesNadine Kaslow | Chair2017-2020
At-large: STEM and Health SciencesLaura Finzi2018-2021
At-large: Unspecified DisciplineMichael J. Owens2017-2019

Ex Officio Members
NamePosition
Claire E. SterkPresident
Dwight A. McBrideProvost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Timothy HolbrookVice Provost for Faculty Affairs