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Computer Science Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

The Department of Computer Science approved these tenure and promotion guidelines on Dec. 11, 2018. They were submitted with the chair’s approval to the dean’s office on Jan. 25, 2019, were approved by the dean on April 2, 2019, and were submitted to the provost for his review.


The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines and criteria for computer science faculty with respect to tenure and promotion in the areas of teaching, scholarly/creative activity and leadership/service.

Faculty Responsibilities and Expectations

While Academic Preparation, Experience and Professional Responsibilities form the basis for faculty competence, faculty seeking promotion and tenure must demonstrate achievements in the areas of Teaching, Scholarship and Service. Faculty members are to seek excellence in all areas of effort, and take the initiative in promoting their own growth in each of these areas.

It is not expected that individual faculty members have identical commitments to teaching, scholarship and service, but the following guidelines provide ways that faculty can demonstrate a consistent and strong commitment to the pursuit of excellence.