University of Minnesota  Administrative Policy

Faculty Tenure: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester

Policy Statement

Board of Regents Policy: Faculty Tenure covers tenure, promotion, and the hiring of tenure-track and tenured faculty. This policy includes policy language as well as broad procedures. The attached document, Procedures for Reviewing Candidates for Tenure and/or Promotion: Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty, provides more details and explanations related to the University's tenure regulations.

Reason for Policy

To implement Board of Regents Policy: Faculty Tenure


Primary Contact(s)Beth Lewis
Ole Gram
[email protected]
[email protected]
Responsible Individuals
Responsible Officer Policy Owner Primary Contact
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Beth Lewis
    Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
  • Ole Gram



Includes: (1) probationary faculty members eligible for indefinite tenure and promotion to the next rank; (2) probationary faculty members eligible to receive tenure in rank; and (3) faculty members with tenure eligible for promotion in rank.

Tenured faculty members

Those who have been granted indefinite tenure after the successful completion of a probationary period or who were hired from outside the University of Minnesota with indefinite tenure.


The academic unit that makes the initial recommendation on tenure and promotion. That may be a department, a college (in colleges not subdivided into departments), or a division (on a system campus).

"Teaching,” “research,” and “service”

Defined in Faculty Tenure, subsection 7.11, as approved by the Board of Regents in June 2007 and again in June 2011. Previous definitions of these terms will apply if the faculty member elects to be governed by an earlier version of the tenure policy. See section II.A (1) of these procedures.

Senior academic administrator

Refers to individuals at the level of dean, chancellor, and above, including the Executive vice president and provost.

Executive vice president and provost

Refers to the chief academic officer of the university.

Continuation year

Refers to the next contract year of a faculty member (i.e., an academic year or twelve months) following the grant to that faculty member of an extension of the probationary period under subsection 5.5 of Faculty Tenure. See section II.E (3) of these Procedures.

Memorandum of understanding (MOU)

In these Procedures refers to a signed, written agreement between two or more parties (e.g. the candidate, a unit head, and a dean).




February 1, 2012


October 15, 2007