The University of Iowa

Tenure-Track (Probationary) Appointments

Tenure-track (FS11-14) faculty hold positions through which they contribute primarily in teaching, research, and service. Tenure-track faculty are appointed at the rank of instructor, assistant professor or associate professor. Initial probationary appointments are for:  1) three years for colleges having a collegiate norm to make a tenure decision of not more than six years, or 2) four years for any college having a collegiate norm to make a tenure decision of more than six years, at the end of which time the faculty member can be reappointed following a reappointment review. With the approval of the DEO, the dean of the college, and the Executive Vice President and Provost shorter initial appointments can be made.  They participate in the faculty governance process as described and as defined by the individual colleges and the Faculty Senate. For information about tenure-track appointments, refer to the Operations Manual III-10.1a(4)

For instructions for switching a faculty member from tenure-track to clinical-track, see Transfers.

An Equal Opportunity and Diversity search must be conducted for all tenure-track appointments that are 50% time or more and extend for more than one year.  Following a review of the candidate's qualifications by the hiring department, the College may request permission to extend an offer through the Search and Selection Summary (SSS) process.  A Waiver of a search must be requested in writing and approved by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the Office of the Provost.  For a complete description of search/posting requirements, see Search/Posting Guidance document.

Once a candidate is selected and the Search and Selection Summary is approved, an offer may be made.

The appointment form including required attachments is routed in Workflow.

Required Workflow Attachments and Offer Letter Elements: