I received tenure.
The email came first. Then a letter from the provost. Then a letter from the president. According to my university’s faculty handbook, promotion and tenure can be uncoupled and a tenure-track faculty member can apply for early promotion. I did last AY, received it, and received the salary raise specified in the faculty handbook.
But tenure is on the clock. Nothing early. So I wrote and revised and resubmitted the same documents—just one AY later.
In this post, I’ll show the results.
First, a timeline taken from UNG’s faculty handbook. I bolded the two important dates:
|Deans notify P&T candidates for upcoming academic year||Apr (2nd Monday)|
|Department heads/coordinators appoint DPTRC members||Aug (4th Monday)|
|Deans appoint CPTC members||Aug (4th Monday)|
|Faculty submit the P&T applications to department head/coordinator via D2L||Sept (2nd Monday)|
|Provost appoints UWPTC members||Sept (2nd Monday)|
|DPTRC completes review and uploads to D2L for CPTC||Sept (4th Monday)|
|Department heads/coordinators complete review||Oct (1st Monday)|
|CPTC completes review and uploads to D2L for UWPTC||Oct (4th Monday)|
|Deans complete review||Nov (1st Monday)|
|UWPTC complete review and forward to the Provost||Dec (1st Monday)|
|Provost notified P & T faculty members||Jan (4th Monday)|
By that second Monday in September, I submitted all my material to D2L, the course management software we use. Then the folder was closed on D2L. Then the folder, ever-so ominously, disappeared into the world of Committee Review—never to appear again on my screen until the fourth Monday in January.
And there I was, on the sofa with my wife, watching Frasier on Netflix, when, for some darned reason, I decided to check my email.
I’ve received a handful of Big Emails: my President Obama email (still in my inbox), my PhD program acceptance email, my book contract email. This email was a biggie, too. 7:54 PM at night. Goodness me.
But it was good news.
The letter came from the Provost the next day. It was sitting in my box.
The letter from the President came exactly a month later.
And, when AY 17-18 turns to AY 18-19, I’ll have tenure. No salary bump this time around—just some security.