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Getting Tenure

Advancing in your academic rank and receiving tenure (continuous appointment) is proof of your outstanding achievements and personal growth and a major step in ones academic career. In order to achieve these goals, you should begin preparing for advancement early on.

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

Extending Time to Tenure

Assistant professors are expected to be evaluated for promotion to tenured rank by the end of the sixth year of their tenure-track appointment. Non-tenured associate professors should be evaluated by the end of their second year. However, external circumstances sometimes preclude continuous progress toward tenure. 

The University permits tenure-track faculty to petition for a change in status to extend the time during which they may prepare for promotion review. Extensions may be requested for family and personal care, professional readiness, and/or professional opportunities.

Guidelines and Forms

Covid-19 Time-to-Tenure Extensions

Tenure-track employees received an automatic tenure clock stop of one year without change in title or full-time equivalent (FTE) due to the Covid-19 pandemic that took place during the 2020-2021 academic year. Faculty may choose to opt-out of this automatic extension.

SUNY Board of Trustees Policies