The current TPR policy is the: FSU Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment Policy (2007). Note that this document applies to you in its entirety if you were hired after 7/07. If you were hired prior to 7/07, all of it except Section III.D applies (and the timeline from the 1976 Tenure Policy applies instead). From 1976 until July 2007, the policy that was in place was the 1976 Tenure Policy .
When should I apply for tenure?
The tenure policies permit an assistant or associate professor to apply for tenure after they have served an initial two-year term and have been reappointed. While the policies permit such an early application for tenure, Provost Young states that he would not encourage or welcome early tenure requests except for unusual circumstances, i.e., faculty member has had extraordinary achievements during probationary period (although he would not ever prevent someone from exercising their rights).
If you were hired between 1976 and 7/2007 as an assistant professor, you would normally apply for tenure at the beginning of your 7th year. If your application is denied, you are to be granted a terminal contract for your 8th year.
Is a faculty member entitled to an interview after being informed that tenure has been denied?
Yes. The 2007 FSU Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment Policy pertains. Section V is applicable in the case of denial of tenure (which is in effect non-reappointment of a faculty member on probationary appointment). Paragraph V.B of this document specifies that you “shall be granted, upon request, an interview to discuss the [initial] decision...”. Note that it is to be requested within 5 days of receiving a written notice of the initial decision. Paragraph V.C grants the same privilege regarding the second negative decision.
To what extent is a faculty member entitled to an explanation of the reasons for denial of tenure or reappointment during these interviews (i.e., what if the committee coordinator says, "No. What part of no do you not understand?")?
Provost Young responded on 10/4/08 that the policy as it stands only guarantees that the interviews are available.
Professor Mattox points out that the AAUP in its Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments suggests that "nontenured faculty members notified of nonreappointment should, upon request, receive a statement of the reasons for the decision."
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