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Tenure Process

This year the Pulse Survey added a new section asking about faculty perceptions of the tenure process and practices and perceptions related to stopping one’s tenure clock. These items were administered to both tenured faculty (74% of respondents) as well as faculty who are not tenured, but on a tenure track (26% of respondents).

Tenure Process Perceptions

The graphs below are based on responses to questions that assessed faculty's tenure process perceptions, such as “The tenure procedures were adequately explained to me” and “I have (had) a great deal of control over my tenure decision.” Favorable perceptions of the tenure process were moderate for non-tenured (but tenure track) faculty across all four campuses, with the tenure track non-tenured faculty at the Crookston campus reporting the least favorable tenure perceptions.

Overall perceptions of tenure process

Clock Stoppage Eligibility

These graphs are based on responses to statements that assessed faculty's eligibility to stop one’s tenure clock due to circumstances such as the birth of a child or a family-member illness. Twenty-two percent of faculty reported they are/were eligible to stop their tenure clock. Those who reported tenure clock stoppage eligibility indicated that birth or adoption were the mostly likely reason of eligibility. Of eligible faculty, 39% actually stopped their tenure clock.

Are/Were you eligible to stop your tenure clock while employed at the University as a non-tenured professor (in a tenure-track position)?

Are/Were you eligible to stop your tenure clock while employed at the University as a non-tenured professor (in a tenure-track position)

If eligible, why were you eligible to stop your tenure clock?

If eligible, why were you eligible to stop your tenure clock?

If eligible, did you actually stop your tenure clock?

If eligible, did you actually stop your tenure clock?

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Department Tenure Clock Stoppage Perception

This graph is based on responses to statements that assessed the reaction of one’s department when an untenured professor (who is in a tenure-track position) decides to stop his or her tenure clock due to a childbirth, adoption, family member illness, personal illness, or other reason listed in the tenure code.

Items on the scale included “people react negatively when a non-tenured professor stops the clock” and “eligible non-tenured professors are encouraged to stop the clock.” Overall, faculty reported moderately favorable perceptions regarding stopping one's clock in their department, with faculty at Morris reporting slightly higher levels of favorable perceptions.

Department Tenure Clock Stoppage Perception

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