Article 14 of the Collective Agreement details the process for Renewal of Probation.
Unless appointed to a term or without-term position, appointed with tenure or appointed at the rank of Professor, faculty are appointed for an initial probationary period of three years. In the final year of the initial probationary period, faculty are considered either for renewal of probation for an additional two or three years depending on rank, or for tenure. Probationary appointments as Lecturers, Assistant Professors, or Librarians I, II or III would be renewed for three years. Probationary appointments as Associate Professors or Librarian IV’s would be renewed for two years. (An appointment at the rank of Professor is either with tenure or for a probationary period of two years, in the second year of which the faculty member must be considered for tenure.)
As a probationary faculty member, get to know the standards for renewal of probation for your Department and College and for the University. The standards that apply are those in place at the time of appointment. Talk to your Department Head or Dean and your colleagues about your standards. It is important to understand their interpretation of your standards since renewal depends on showing that progress is being made toward meeting the standard for each of the criteria for tenure.
Contact the USFA office if you are unsure or have any questions about Renewal of Probation.
From Article 14.5.9
- May 31
- the Department Head or Dean shall have met with candidate.
- June 30
- the Department Head or Dean shall have advised the candidate to provide such information as the candidate wishes to introduce
- August 1
- the candidate shall have provided to the Department Head or Dean such information as the candidate wishes to introduce
- October 7
- the Renewals and Tenure Committee shall have considered all cases for renewal and transmitted its recommendations in writing to the College Review Committee or the University Review Committee
- November 21
- the College Review Committee shall have considered all cases for renewal and transmitted, in writing, its positive recommendations to the President for transmission to the Board and its negative recommendations to the University Review Committee
- January 31
- the President shall have convened the University Review Committee, and the Committee shall have considered all appeals and shall have transmitted all of its recommendations to the President for transmission to the Board
- February 28
- the President shall have advised candidates for renewal, except those pending before Renewals and Tenure Appeal Committees, of the decision of the Board
- March 31
- the Renewals Appeal Committees shall have determined all cases before them and shall have made their recommendations to the President for transmission to the Board