Promotion & Tenure

The tenure and promotion reviews you will conduct this year and the advance work you will do to prepare for next year's reviews are among the most important activities in the academy.

Those individuals whom we invite to join the senior faculty will continue to shape the University's academic aspirations and profile for the next generation. It is extremely important that your reviews be conducted in strict accordance with University procedures and by-laws, that they be characterized (and perceived to be characterized) by fairness, and that you apply appropriate and rigorous standards in forming your evaluations and recommendations. The Guidelines for the Evaluation of Faculty: Annual Evaluations, Promotion and Tenure will serve as a useful reference on the process.

File Due Dates

Tenure and Promotion

Jan 31,
Nominations for tenure with promotion to go into effect July 1, 2018 or August 13, 2018

Promotion Only

Feb 28,
Nominations for promotion only to go into effect July 1, 2018 or August 13, 2018

Documentation Request

The Documentation Request outlines the materials to be included in every promotion and tenure file. Please note that this Request has been updated. Every file must be organized with clearly labeled sections in “Documentation Request” order.


The following forms must be completed by all candidates and included in your nomination file.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Transmittal Forms for:

Waiver of Right to See Information Form

Course Listing and Evaluation Form

External Reviewers

Every tenure and/or promotion file must include three external and independent letters of review. It is the responsibility of the department chair/head, the chair of the departmental promotion and tenure committee, or the dean – not the candidate – to solicit these letters. Generally, external reviewers should have full professorial rank at peer or aspirational peer (typically, R1) institutions. In any case they must occupy a rank equal to or above that being considered for the candidate.

Reviewers must be chosen who are qualified to judge the quality of the candidate’s work because of their own knowledge of the field. These letters are to be “independent” in the sense that they will be from individuals who have had at most limited professional or personal relationships with the candidate and who have been chosen by the department chair/head (or chair of the promotion and tenure committee, or dean, as appropriate) for their ability to provide an objective assessment.

As such, external reviewers should not include dissertation advisors, current or former collaborators, former colleagues, personal friends, or others who have any special relationship to the candidate. In cases where the extreme prominence of a candidate makes independent letters impracticable, special care should be taken to solicit letters from exceptionally prominent reviewers.

Model Letter Soliciting External Reviews

Extensions in Tenure

Personal circumstances may prevent a faculty member in a tenure-leading position (Specific Term appointment) from performing at the level that is necessary to attain the stature expected of University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty for tenure within the time frame of the probationary period. Learn more about the details and procedures for extensions in tenure.

Changes in Tenure Home

To receive information regarding changes in tenure home, view the steps to take. In order to begin the change in tenure home process, complete the Request to Transfer Tenure Home Department Form