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 academic rank held, is by itself insufficient to guarantee the success of a candidate for tenure. To be eligible for consideration for tenure, a candidate must not only meet the required period of service and the minimum criteria specified below but must also show a history of evaluations that merit 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 and 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." (22).

  • Area I: Teaching

    Handbook:  "Demonstration of superior teaching as revealed by the evidence assembled in support of the application for tenure.  Evidence must include evaluations by students (See Section 103.06) and may include, but is not limited to, evaluations by colleagues and letters from former students and others in a position to evaluate teaching effectiveness" (17-18).

    Department:  "Demonstrated strength in teaching introductory composition and literature surveys as documented by a candidate's portfolio and by a combination of student, peer, and chair evaluations.  In addition, there should be evidence of proficiency in teaching an upper-division course within the candidate's principal area of scholarly expertise."

  • Area II: Service to the Institution

    Handbook:  "Same as criteria for promotion to current professorial rank" (18).  "Demonstration of potential for effectiveness as shown by successful, collegial service on departmental, school-wide, institutional or system-wide committees and with evidence from at least two additional sources listed in section 103.0302[,]D, 2" (13).

    Department:  "Responsible participation on at least one departmental committee and in departmental meetings, along with evidence of the effective mentoring of students in advisement and other academic activities.  Involvement in school or [University]-wide committees as well as service to the academic guild at large are regarded as desirable but not necessary complements in this area."

  • Area III: Academic Achievement

    Handbook:  "Same as criteria for promotion to current faculty rank" (18).  "Terminal degree in discipline" (14).

  • Area IV: Professional Growth

    Handbook:  "Same as criteria for promotion to current faculty rank" (18).  "Demonstration of potential for effectiveness in the candidate's discipline with evidence from at least two of the sources listed in section 103.0302,D,3" (14).

    Department:  "Research related to some facet of teaching responsibilities and resulting in publication since time of initial appointment, active membership in a professional organization, and annual participation in conferences or workshops.  Also indicative of professional growth are such activities as reviewing books, serving on scholarly panels, and collaborating with colleagues in writing grant proposals."