Reminder: Research term for pre-tenure faculty

Sept. 10, 2021

Dear University of Oregon Faculty Colleagues,

As President Schill and Provost Phillips announced in June, the university is offering a new program to assist pre-tenure faculty during the period from Winter 2022 through Spring 2023 (five academic terms). The program will provide a course release for one academic term for negatively impacted faculty members so that they can focus solely on advancing their scholarship and creative practice that term. This is an investment in the research mission of the institution and the lifelong success of early-career faculty, made possible through a philanthropic gift.

The goal of the program is to serve as an equalizer, supporting faculty members whose research productivity was negatively impacted by the pandemic based on one of the following criteria:

  • Had primary caregiving responsibilities for a close family member during the pandemic
  • Suffered from Covid-19 related illness or had a close family member who was stricken
  • Sustained a death of a family member due to Covid-19
  • Unable to conduct research because of Covid-19 restrictions

Any pre-tenure faculty member who was in year one through five of their UO career during academic year 2020-21 is eligible for the new program. Faculty may not have submitted a tenure dossier for academic year 2021-22 and must meet one or more of the above criteria.

The deadline to apply is September 17, 2021. In applying for the research term release, faculty will be asked to submit a CV and to briefly address how their work was impacted during the pandemic. While it is anticipated most requests will be honored, impact will need to be clear, as will the plan for the term to be helpful in returning to pre-Covid levels of productivity. Submit an application through this link.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at

I hope you and your families are well and wish you all the best with your preparations for fall term.


Janet Woodruff-Borden
Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs