Tenure in the University System of Georgia is based upon performance in the four areas outlined below. Quotations from the current Faculty Handbook pertinent to each area are given with page numbers, along with excerpts from departmental standards adopted on 9 November 1993. You are urged to consult the Handbook for further information and definitions of key terms.
According to the Handbook, "Retention throughout a probationary period of service, regardless of faculty rank held, is by itself insufficient to guarantee the success of a candidate for tenure. A candidate for tenure must not only meet the designated minimum criteria and period of service, but must also show a history of evaluations that merits the award of tenure. Tenure is awarded to individual faculty members upon evidence of the capacity and likelihood for continued intellectual, scholarly, and professional vitality; upon evidence of the ability and willingness to perform assigned duties; upon evidence of a sense of responsibility and dedication to make the continuing exemplary performance of duties a reasonable expectation; and upon evidence of maintenance of proper professional ethics" (16).