History of 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.
Spring/summer semesters 2008
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.
Fall semester 2008
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.
Fall Semester 2009
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.
Fall semester 2010
In accordance with the approved administrative policy, the School of Medicine undertook the remaining steps:
- Two town hall meetings were held to encourage open discussion about the proposal to extend the tenure clock. These were advertised widely by chairs, via direct email to faculty from the president of the IUSM faculty steering committee, and in the online weekly IUSM newsletter. In addition, a virtual town hall was available to all faculty.
- On October 18, 2010 tenure and tenure track faculty received an email from the president of the IUSM faculty asking them to participate in the vote to extend the tenure clock. The voting period remained open until November 19.
- As outlined in the approved policy, in order to ratify this policy change, IUPUI Faculty Council requires that 2/3 of the tenured and tenure-line faculty in IUSM approve the measure. The results of the vote were as follows:
Yes=464 (78% of those who voted, 68.6% of eligible voters)
No=119 (20% of those who voted, 17.6% of eligible voters)
Abstentions=9 (2% of those who voted, 1.3% of eligible voters)
Given this, IUSM met the threshold of two-thirds of our faculty in support of the extension from 7 to 9 years.
Spring semester 2011
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.