Rank and Tenure

The promotion and tenure process relies on presenting the work and trajectory of candidates in a clear, consistent, objective and fair way. Dossiers should present a neutral account of the merits of each case. Understanding the standards for a good dossier is vital to ensuring that we adhere to our mission and the ambitions of our faculty.

Procedures change over time, therefore we arrange meetings each year to provide opportunities for group discussion on issues that arise when preparing dossiers. Information for administrators and candidates assisting with the Interfolio dossier preparation can be found here as well.

Extension of Tenure Probationary Period

In an effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on progress towards tenure, tenure track faculty members employed in 2019-2020 in their sixth year or earlier have received have two additional probationary years. The first one-year extension was announced in Spring 2020 and a second one-year extension was announced in Fall 2020. These extensions also apply to new hires starting on the tenure track in the 2020-2021 academic year. These extensions are automatic and no application is needed. Further, these extensions do not affect the option to apply for tenure at any time, prior to the end of the probationary period. For illustrative examples, click here.

None of these extensions removes the option of applying early during any year of the tenure probationary period up to and including the sixth year.  

The decision has been made to extend the probationary period for faculty on the tenure track in the Spring Semester, 2020

See timelines below for due dates for the submission and reviews of dossiers:

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice Provost for Faculty, Chandan Vaidya, or Kristen Rogers. 


Slides from Chandan Vaidya’s presentation on Rank and Tenure process and procedures on September 17, 2021

Recording of the April 19, 2021 Success after Tenure Session

Message from Office of the Provost  (June 11, 2019)

University Committee On Rank and Tenure 

Procedures change over time. The basic document to review to ensure for updates governing the rank and tenure process for Georgetown University is University Guidelines for Submission of Rank and Tenure Applications. In addition, the Office of Faculty Affairs for Main Campus provides an annual workshop to highlight procedural changes and provide an opportunity for discussion. This office also provides additional information for administrators and candidates to clarify the contents to be prepared for the Interfolio dossier. 

External Evaluators Summary Chart 

Expedited Process for Lateral Appointments

Click here for templates and other application resources