Criteria for Tenure

(MUPIM 7.7/OAC 3339-7-07)

In order to secure and retain an exemplary faculty, the following all-University criteria as demonstrated by suitable evidence, shall be used to make tenure recommendations:

  1. high-quality teaching and academic advising;
  2. research, scholarly and/or creative achievement of high quality and its prospective continuation;
  3. productive professional service; and,
  4. professional collegiality within the department, division, campuses, and University community.

The usual emphasis, in descending order of significance, for the above criteria shall be:

(1) high-quality teaching and academic advising, (2) a record of research, scholarly and/or creative achievement of high quality and its prospective continuation, (3) productive professional service, and (4) professional collegiality. The University places importance on both teaching and research, scholarly and/or creative achievement. Neither aspect of a candidate’s career should be neglected if tenure is to be achieved.

For regional campus faculty, the usual emphasis, in descending order of significance, shall be:

(1) high-quality teaching and academic advising, (2) productive professional service, (3) a record of research, scholarly and/or creative achievement of high quality and its prospective continuation, and (4) professional collegiality.

If the emphasis is to differ from the above, at the beginning of a candidate’s probationary period, or when there is a significant change in the candidate’s assigned responsibilities, the department, the department chair, the program director (when appropriate), the dean, the Dean of the Regional Campuses (when appropriate), the Provost and the candidate shall agree in writing upon the relative importance to be attached to each of the above criteria.

The criteria applied to tenure recommendations are normally the criteria in force at the time the application is considered. In cases where new specifically-stated criteria have been adopted since a candidate was first appointed to a tenure-eligible position at Miami, the candidate has the option of being judged by the criteria in force at the time of appointment.

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