Promotion and Tenure

Nebraska strives to hire a talented faculty that produces important work and builds noteworthy careers. Those colleagues who are invited to join the senior faculty each year shape the University’s academic reputation for years to come.

Each time a faculty member is considered for promotion or tenure, they are held to the same high standard: a proven record that suggests a sustained career typified by true excellence.

Deadlines

Below are the due dates for submission of promotion and/or tenure files to the appropriate Vice Chancellor; please note that colleges, departments, and other administrative subunits may have additional deadlines to be observed.

November 15, 2020 Deadline for all nominations for tenure and/or promotion for IANR faculty.
January 29, 2021 Deadline for nominations for tenure with or without promotion to go into effect July 1, 2021 or August 16, 2021
February 26, 2021 Deadline for nominations for promotion only to go into effect July 1, 2021 or August 16, 2021

Submissions before the deadlines are appreciated. Please aim for a target date of one week prior to the deadline if possible.

Documentation Request

The Documentation Request outlines the materials to be included in every promotion and tenure file. Please note that this Request has been updated. Every file must be organized with clearly labeled sections in “Documentation Request” order.

Course evaluations and COVID-19: Instructors have the option of not having evaluation results for spring 2020 semester considered in merit decisions, including annual evaluations, reappointment, promotion, and tenure. If instructors choose to opt-out of having their student course evaluation results being included in their evaluation portfolios, they need to notify their dean or department chair of that decision.

Forms

The following forms must be completed by all candidates and included in your nomination file.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Transmittal Forms for:

Waiver of Right to See Information Form

Course Listing and Evaluation Form

External Reviewers

Every tenure and/or promotion file must include three external and independent letters of review. It is the responsibility of the department chair/head, the chair of the departmental promotion and tenure committee, or the dean – not the candidate – to solicit these letters. External evaluations should be requested from faculty holding appropriate rank at R1 institutions. Any exceptions to this expectation must be approved in advance by the cognizant dean and vice chancellor or their designees. Generally, external reviewers should have full professorial rank, and in any case they must occupy a rank equal to or above that being considered for the candidate.

Reviewers must be chosen who are qualified to judge the quality of the candidate’s work because of their own knowledge of the field. These letters are to be "independent" in the sense that they will be from individuals who have had at most limited professional or personal relationships with the candidate and who have been chosen by the department chair/head (or chair of the promotion and tenure committee, or dean, as appropriate) for their ability to provide an objective assessment.

As such, external reviewers should not include dissertation advisors, current or former collaborators, former colleagues, personal friends, or others who have any special relationship to the candidate. In cases where the extreme prominence of a candidate makes independent letters impracticable, special care should be taken to solicit letters from exceptionally prominent reviewers.

Special Circumstances

Personal circumstances may prevent a faculty member in a tenure-leading position from performing at the level that is necessary to reach the high expectations of tenure within the timeframe of the probationary period. In such cases, an extension in the tenure clock may be appropriate.

Occasionally a faculty member might, for various reasons, request a change in home department. This process begins with the Request to Change Tenure Home Department form in the case of tenure-track faculty and the Request to Change Department Home form for non-tenure-track faculty.