Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Handbook

2.1 Reappointment

"Reappointment" is the offer of a new contract (other than a terminal-year contract) to a current, non-tenured, tenure-track faculty member during the tenure probationary period.

Initial probationary appointments are for two academic years. Normally, successive appointment renewals, up to the mandatory time for tenure consideration, are for two academic years.

For untenured tenure-track faculty, annual reviews are required. The type of review (interim, major, and mandatory) required each year is based on the following schedule:

Interim reviews are done during the first year of each two-year appointment. The result of an interim review is an assessment of the record and evaluation of the suitability for a continuation of appointment.

Major reviews are conducted during the final year of each appointment up to the mandatory tenure review. The major review normally results in either a two-year appointment or a terminal one-year appointment.

Mandatory review is conducted during the year in which the faculty member is up for tenure. The mandatory review results in either tenure and/or promotion or a terminal one-year appointment.

The following example describes a typical review and reappointment process for a new tenure-track assistant professor starting in September of 2015, assuming positive outcomes at each decision point:

Appointments Dates Review Type
Initial 2-year appointment 2015-16
2016-17
Interim Review
Major Review
Second 2-year appointment 2017-18
2018-19
Interim Review
Major Review
Third 2-year appointment 2019-20
2020-21
Interim Review
Mandatory Tenure Review
Effective 2021-22 Tenure as Associate Professor

Revised:
12/08/2016 - Annual Review: No changes made to content.
04/09/2015 - Annual Review: Changed appointment date examples from 2013-14 through 2019-20 to 2015-16 through 2021-22. To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu.
02/06/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners, no changes made to content.
03/13/2013 - Annual Review: Changed appointment date examples from 2011-2012 through 2017-18 to 2013-14 through 2019-20.
07/13/2011 - Annual Review: Changed appointment date examples from 1996-97 through 2002-03 to 2011-12 through 2017-18, and to reflect current University titles and practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
03/02/2007 - Format changes made.