Coronavirus Tenure Clock Extension FAQ

I am scheduled for tenure review next year, have already submitted my tenure review materials, or am planning to submit my materials soon. What should I do?

The only thing you must do is decide whether to request the extension by May 1, 2020. If so, please notify your department or unit head and dean’s office by May 1, 2020. If not, you don’t need to do anything. We anticipate that the vast majority of tenure reviews scheduled for next year will move forward because almost the entire review period for these reviews preceded the COVID-19 pandemic, but the decision is up to you. No faculty member is required to opt into the extension.

The deadline for submission of my tenure review materials is in spring 2021. When do I need to decide if I want to opt into this tenure clock extension?

Regardless of your deadline to submit review materials, if your tenure review is scheduled beyond 2020-21, you need to decide by January 1, 2021.

I am scheduled for tenure review two or more years in the future. When do I need to decide if I want to opt into this tenure clock extension?

By January 1, 2021.

Can I “opt in” to this tenure clock extension now and then revert to my original tenure timeline?

Yes. Like all tenure clock extensions, this will provide additional time but does not require it. If you request this extension, the documentation you receive will include the new date by which a tenure decision is required as well as the old, earlier date. You can elect to be reviewed by the earlier date.

How will opting into this tenure clock extension impact the schedule for my midterm review?

If you are scheduled for a midterm review in 2020-21 or later, opting into this tenure clock extension will push the clock forward for your midterm review by one year. Midterm reviews scheduled for this year, 2019-20, are moving forward as scheduled.

Why not automatically extend tenure clocks for all untenured faculty members?

This extension is being offered to all untenured faculty in order to make sure that no one is unfairly penalized for disruptions to research, teaching, and service caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are obviously many advantages to being promoted sooner rather than later. For example, faculty members with tenure reviews scheduled for next year may think differently about this choice than faculty members with tenure reviews scheduled four or five years in the future. We expect that many of our untenured faculty will be fully prepared for tenure reviews on their original schedules, but we want to allow individual faculty members to make whatever choice is best for them.