In October of 2010, the Indiana University School of Medicine voted to allow additional flexibility in the tenure clock. Faculty members who choose to do so may request an extended clock of nine years (rather than the traditional seven). Please click the links below for more information about this important policy initiative.
On behalf of the Basic Science Council (comprised of basic science department chairs and research center directors), Drs. Michael Vasko and David Burr propose to the Dean and School of Medicine Executive Committee that the tenure probationary period be lengthened to 10 years. The proposal is unanimously approved.
Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development conducts in-depth analysis of issue. White paper disseminated at start of fall semester 2008.
School of Medicine Women’s Advisory Council submits letter giving unanimous support.
Issue reviewed by IUPUI Faculty Council, Faculty Affairs Subcommittee
Upon recommendation for more input from faculty at large and faculty governance, a referendum vote was held among the School of Medicine tenure track faculty. This vote yielded a 35% response rate with 85% of those who voted in favor of lengthening the probationary period. Results reviewed and endorsed by the IUSM Steering Committee.
Referendum results reviewed by IUPUI Faculty Council and Faculty Affairs Subcommittee. Administrative process that would allow any IUPUI school to petition to lengthen the probationary period is proposed. Time frame changed from 10 year clock to 9 year clock to be consistent with current individual extension policy.
Administrative process is approved by IUPUI Faculty Council and IUPUI Dean of the Faculties, Uday Sukhatme, PhD
University Faculty Council reviews language for Academic Handbook that would allow a campus to adopt such a policy.
Board of Trustees approves language for Academic Handbook that would allow a campus to adopt such a policy.
In accordance with the approved administrative policy, the School of Medicine undertook the remaining steps:
A summary of the process, rationale for extension, results of the vote, endorsement from the IUPUI faculty council, and the IUPUI chancellor’s endorsement of the extension was presented to the Board of Trustees for review and final approval.
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“IUPUI recognizes its responsibility to provide tenure-eligible faculty members a fair and reasonable probationary period. It also recognizes the pressures that changing work environments place upon some disciplines and professions.” Read the entire document here.