Tenure Review Process

Appointments to tenure are made in the grades of Professor and Associate Professor following the process of peer review.” CU Faculty Handbook

Faculty on the tenure track faculty can be reviewed at any time prior or at their 7th year (Research faculty) or 10th year (Clinical Faculty) of service. The tenure appointment has to be approved by the Tenure Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) by May 31st of the 7th or 10th year of service.

Appointments to tenure are effective January 1 or July 1 based on when they are approved by the Trustees. Those approved after September and before February would be effective January 1, and if approved after February and before August would be effective July 1.

The tenure review process begins with a nomination from the candidate’s department. If approved by the department materials are submitted for the Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CUIMC COAP) Review.

As part of the evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications, the Office of Faculty Affairs solicits letters from experts in the candidate’s field as a way of obtaining candid and objective assessments of the nominees standing, achievements and productivity in her/his field, which will assist COAP’s deliberations. It is at this time that the department should be in the process of preparing the other sections of the tenure dossier for CUIMC COAP review.

The completed tenure dossier is submitted and reviewed by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the candidate’s chair or School Dean (if applicable) will present the candidate to the CUIMC COAP.

Upon approval by the CUIMC COAP, the tenure dossier is forwarded to the Tenure Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) for review and approval.

Upon approval by TRAC, the nomination to tenure will be endorsed by the President of the University and the Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee of Columbia University.

If the nomination is not approved by TRAC, the Dean is notified. At that time, it must be decided if the candidate will be transferred to the non-tenured “at CUMC” track or given a letter of non-renewal.