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The University shall follow the guidelines set forth in the Faculty Handbook governing the granting of
tenure to individual tenure track faculty members.
The University uses the term “Tenure” as the name for the continuing level of faculty appointments.
Tenure is granted by the board of regents following the approval of the President, Provost, and Vice
President for Academic Affairs.
Concordia University, St. Paul shall typically have 35-50% percent of its full-time faculty serving at the
continuing appointment level.
A. The faculty member shall ordinarily have six years of creditable service (periods of leave
are not included) as a member of the faculty of one or more educational institutions of
the Synod, at least the last three years of which shall have been in the institution he/she
is currently serving.
B. The faculty member’s reputation, character, concern for students, and leadership shall
present a good reflection on the institution and the church.
C. The Faculty member will have demonstrated exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service as
documented by the annual review and advancement in rank assessments.
D. The Faculty member will normally have been advanced in rank at CSP at least once
and hold rank at the level of Associate Professor or above.
E. The Faculty member holds the terminal degree
F. In addition to teaching, scholarship, and service as noted in C above, the
institutional fit of the faculty member will be evaluated. Institutional fit includes
support for university mission, program viability and the overall percentage of
tenured faculty in the university and the faculty member’s department.
I. Procedural Guidelines for the Granting ofTenure
A. Individual Faculty Member PresentsRequest
When the individual faculty member feels the qualifications for tenure have been met, he
or she presents a written request for tenure consideration to the Department Chair of the
academic unit. This request shall explain how the criteria for tenure have been met and
accompanied by appropriate documentation. Documentation of the faculty member’s
teaching, scholarship and service contribution to Concordia, St. Paul since their last
academic promotion should follow the procedures outlined for Promotion and
Advancement, as well as three letters of recommendation.
Additionally, the faculty member will include an essay on institutional fit reflecting on support for
the university mission and integration of faith and learning in his or her service.
B. The Department Chair Recommends
The Department Chair meets with the faculty member to discuss the request for tenure. The
department chair prepares a written recommendation addressing to the faculty member’s
teaching, scholarship, and service. Accompanying documentation includes classroom
visitation forms and/or performance evaluations for areas of responsibility outside of
classroom instruction.
The recommendation of the department chair with accompanying documentation is added
to the faculty member’s written request for tenure with its accompanying documentation
and both are presented to the college dean.
C. The Dean Recommends
The college dean meets with the faculty member to discuss the request for tenure. The
department dean prepares a written recommendation addressing to the faculty member’s
teaching, scholarship, and service. Accompanying documentation includes classroom
visitation forms and/or performance evaluations for areas of responsibility outside of
classroom instruction.
The recommendation of the dean with accompanying documentation is added to the
faculty member’s written request for tenure with its accompanying documentation and
both are presented to the vice-president for academic affairs and the provost. The dean of
the college informs the faculty member of the recommendation to be made.
In an exceptional case, the dean of the college appoints a committee of two tenured faculty
members from the department or college involved to evaluate the question of tenure for
the faculty member. A formal vote may be taken with the dean breaking the tie, should a
tie vote occur. The result of the vote is conveyed to the vice president for academic affairs.
The faculty member is informed by the vice president for academic affairs of the decision.
D. Vice president for academic affairs Presents to thePresident
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, Dean and a tenured faculty member will
meet with the individual faculty member requesting tenure and discusses the faculty
member’s request and the dean of the college’s recommendation. The panel makes an
assessment of institutional fit. The vice president for academic affairs presents the request
to the president of the university.
1. The President of the University Presents to the Board of Regents
The president of the university reviews the request for tenure. The president presents
the request to the Board of Regents with his recommendation.
2. The Board of Regents Acts On theRequest
If the Board of Regents, on recommendation of the president of the university,
determines that a faculty member meets the above requirements for tenure or has not
been granted tenure, it shall either carry forward the procedure for granting tenure or
inform the faculty member of its decision not to grant tenure, in which case the
individual either may continue at the non-tenure level.
3. Notice of Intent is Published
Notice of intent to grant tenure shall be announced in the official periodical of the
Synod.
4. Member May Respond
The faculty member shall be given the opportunity to respond to any comments
or concerns that may have been raised relative to tenure.
5. Consent of the Electors isGiven
At least six weeks after the notice is published, consent of the electors of the
university shall be given.
E. Board of Regents Grants Tenure
After final review the Board of Regents may grant tenure.
F. Tenure
The granting of tenure does not confer advancement in rank or increase in salary.
ii. The Appeals Process
A recommendation to deny the request for tenure at any point in the process may be
appealed by the faculty member. All such denied recommendations must be accompanied by
thorough and specific explanations of the denial. The faculty member may appeal by
requesting the vice president for academic affairs to appoint a special review committee
consisting of three tenured members of the faculty. The faculty member may appear before
the committee to present the request and respond to any comments or concerns that have
been raised. The committee will review the requests and the recommendations. A formal
vote on the tenure request may be taken. The results of the vote will be conveyed to the vice
president for academic affairs and the provost. The faculty member is informed by the vice
president for academic affairs of the decision of the committee. If the committee decides in
favor of tenure, the recommendation is carried to the president. If the recommendation of
the committee is to deny the request for tenure, the dean of the college, the vice president
for academic affairs, and the individual faculty member will meet to discuss the
recommendation.
When feasible, a plan for professional development for the faculty member denied tenure is
made and filed in the office of the dean of the college and the vice president for academic
affairs. The faculty member may again request tenure after a period of one or more years.
Post Tenure Review
All faculty members, included tenured professors participate in an annual review of their service.

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