Review/Revised Date: 08/15/2023
The definition of tenure used in each institutional policy should recognize that tenure is an affirmative commitment by the Board of Trustees to a faculty member, generally offered after a probationary period of employment, of a right to continuing employment except upon dismissal for cause, retirement, resignation, bona fide financial exigency of the institution or division in which tenure is held, or major curtailment or formal discontinuance of a program or department of instruction.
Absent of cause for termination as defined in this handbook, tenure at UAB is a grant of continuing appointment at least at the same faculty rank. Promotion of a tenured faculty member indicates continuation of tenure at the new rank. The services of a faculty member with tenure shall be terminated only for cause or in cases of bona fide financial exigency, bona fide financial crisis, or academic program/unit closure at UAB. The requirement of showing of cause does not apply in cases of voluntary retirement or retirement due to disability.
As with any freedom, academic freedom, see Section 3.2, carries with it duties and responsibilities correlative with rights. By granting faculty a right of continuing employment UAB meets its responsibilities to ensure that UAB faculty remain free to pursue truth and to propagate knowledge, through both teaching and scholarship, without undue or inappropriate interference from external forces. Tenure at UAB should be regarded as a most valuable possession, signifying a long-term commitment of resources by UAB, matched by the sincere commitment by the faculty member to continued professional growth and achievement.
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2.15.2 Tenure Eligibility
Tenure may be awarded to individuals appointed to the faculty as described in this Handbook. Eligibility for tenure consideration is limited to faculty appointments of 50 percent or greater. Tenure may not be awarded to non-tenure-earning faculty.
Administrative appointments do not carry tenure, but an administrator who holds a tenured academic appointment retains that tenured appointment, and an administrator who holds a tenure-earning appointment on the faculty may be awarded tenure in accordance with procedures and criteria of UAB and the appropriate department, school, college or library.
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2.15.3 Tenure by Faculty Rank
Tenure may be conferred at any time but only upon appointees holding the ranks of Associate Professor or Professor and only in accordance with policies stipulated for the awarding of tenure.
Tenure may be awarded to someone initially appointed at a rank below Associate Professor only after promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, or higher, and provided the original search which resulted in recruitment of the individual solicited candidates for a tenure-earning or tenured position.
Initial appointments to the tenure-earning faculty at the ranks of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor must be under the rules of earning tenure, as described in Sections 2.12.3 and 2.12.4.
Appointments or promotions to the faculty at the rank of Professor usually carry tenure unless specific exception is written into the letter of appointment.
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