An updated message about the tenure process 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted higher education, profoundly changing the way we teach and interact with students and colleagues and interrupting research, scholarship and creative activities. The disruption and uncertainties created by the pandemic may make it more difficult for tenure-track faculty to meet department, school and University expectations for reappointment or tenure on the timeline mandated by the Procedures for Personnel Cases.

Binghamton University is strongly committed to the success of our faculty. To ensure that tenure-track faculty are not unfairly disadvantaged by extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, Binghamton University will pause the tenure clock of all current tenure-track faculty for one year. This policy, which replaces the guidelines announced on March 25, 2020, does not apply to tenure-track faculty whose reviews have been considered during the 2019-20 review cycle. Any tenure-track faculty member who nevertheless wishes to proceed with reappointment or tenure review on what would have been their regularly mandated schedule in AY 2020-21 may still do so by informing the Provost’s Office in writing (with a copy to their department chair and dean) by no later than May 10, 2020, to allow sufficient time to begin preparation of their case.* Non-mandated cases — whether for tenure and promotion or promotion to professor — may proceed according to the schedule stipulated in the Procedures for Personnel Cases.

*This date applies to faculty whose term appointment ends in August 2021. The deadline for faculty whose term ends in December 2021 will be Feb. 1, 2021.


Donald Nieman
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

For more information and updates, continue to visit the University's COVID-19 website.