Tenure and Promotion

Tenure and Promotions

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty has oversight of the tenure, promotion, and reappointment processes for internal candidates, as well as the appointment of senior external hires, for all divisions of the University. See this list of all Faculty ranks and actions Which require TPAC review. The staff in the Dean’s office work closely with department chairs to guide and advise them on the preparation of candidate dossiers. The Tenure, Promotions, and Appointments Committee (TPAC), a faculty committee, meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters to review these dossiers.

The procedural requirements and safeguards of these TPAC reviews have been developed with the greatest care and are now exceptionally well codified. The material on this website, including a section on Best Practices for Reappointments and Promotions, as well as Chapter 10 and Appendix C of the Handbook of Academic Administration, provides guidance on the preparation of dossiers.  Our office has also produced checklists for major TPAC actions (see below) and guidelines for the preparation of TPAC dossiers that you may find helpful.

Tenure dossiers are due on January 7th of each year.

Faculty Action Deadline Related Files
Tenured promotion to Associate Professor January 7 Checklist
Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer,  and Lecturer reappointments Mid-September* Checklist
Promotion to Full Professor Early December Checklist
Senior Lecturer Promotions (for reappointments use checklist for Lecturer reappointments) Throughout the academic year



Promotion to Distinguished Senior Lecturer Checklist

Non-regular faculty actions requiring TPAC review:

  • Assistant, Associate and Full Professor (Research), MBL, and Professor of the Practice reappointments.
  • Associate and Full Professor (Research) and Professor of the Practice appointments.
  • Assistant and Associate Professor (Research) and Professor of the Practice promotions.

Brown emeriti faculty with (Research) appointments do not require TPAC review for appointment or reappointment. Their contracts are renewed by the completion of the Faculty Action Form (FAF).

Throughout the academic year

Appointments Checklist

Reappointments checklist

Promotions Checklist

Senior faculty appointments Throughout the academic  year Checklist

*Dossiers for senior lecturer reappointments, and for Assistant Professors with calendar-year, as opposed to academic-year, appointments are due to TPAC on March 1.