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Promotion to Full Professor

The promotion to full professor is based on faculty's achievements. The candidate should have made  substantial contributions that have had a significant impact in the field, beyond the contribution that earned tenure. Full professors are expected to continue to produce research at a rate and of a quality commensurate with leaders in the field.

The candidate for full professor should have achieved recognition as an expert in his or her field at a national and international level as well as have demonstrated  evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Number of years in rank is not part of the requirements for promotion to full professor. The timing is individual, and expectations vary by discipline.

College/School Policies

The policies for tenure are college/school specific:

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Renaissance School of Medicine

For more information on other schools and colleges, please contact your Dean's office.

Goals and Obligations of Tenure Track Faculty

Carrying out Stony Brook mission depends on the activity of the faculty. This document outlines the responsibilities of faculty, the principles underlying a fair and equitable distribution of these responsibilities, and the procedures to be put in place to accomplish the following goals.

Goals and Obligations

The Role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Promotion and Tenure

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of Stony Brook University. Contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged by the Provost’s office and will be given due recognition by during the academic review process. Please find additional guidelines on the way SBU faculty may choose to contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and designate those contributions in the academic review process.

DEI in Promotion and Tenure

Notes of Academic Review Process

The notes and recommendations in this document are offered to help in preparing review files that are clearly argued, well-documented, and persuasive. They are also provided to give insight into the ways in which review files are evaluated and assessed in the Provost’s Office.

Preparing Review Files