Tenure-Track Faculty: Extension of Tenure Clock due to COVID-19

 Page Updated 4-22-2020

Realizing that COVID-19 has had differing impacts on faculty in the completion of professional accomplishments towards tenure and promotion, the University of North Texas will offer faculty the opportunity to opt-in for an automatic one-year extension of the tenure clock. 

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  • What is an extension of the probationary period?
    UNT’s Faculty Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Policy (06.004) defines the probationary period as the equivalent of six (6) years of full-time service, with the sixth year normally the mandatory tenure-review year.  The policy states that faculty may apply for extensions based on Qualifying Circumstance.  For all tenure track faculty who opt-in, the qualifying circumstance would be disruptions to professional accomplishments experienced as a result of COVID-19.
  • Who is eligible?

    ALL tenure-track faculty who are in their probationary period during the spring 2020 semester.
  • How do I opt-in for an extension of my probationary period?

    ​An extension of the probationary period is also referred to as stopping the clock.  A stop-the-clock covid-19 application must be completed.  Applicants provide the current review date and the extended date being requested.  Applications should be submitted to the department chair, who will review and forward to the dean for review and final submission to the Provost.
  • When do I have to decide whether I want to opt-in? (see the Tenure Review Table)
    • Faculty in year 5, who have begun preparing for the submission of their dossier, can be granted the extension. Submit a stop the clock application by April 24, 2020. Deans will submit the form to the Vice Provost for Faculty Success by May 1, 2020.
    • Faculty who are scheduled for a mandatory fourth-year review in the 20-21 academic year may choose to move this review and their mandatory tenure review, OR move only the mandatory tenure review. Submit a stop the clock application by April 24, 2020. Deans will submit the form to the Vice Provost for Faculty Success by May 1, 2020.
    • Faculty who are scheduled for a mid-term review in the 21-22 academic year by recent change to the tenure policy, ARE eligible to move the midterm review and/or the mandatory tenure review. Submit a stop the clock application by April 1, 2021to the Vice Provost of Faculty Success.
    • All other tenure-track faculty may opt-in until April 1, 2021.
  • May I apply for an extension if I have already had one?

    Each application for an extension is considered independently.  Having had a prior extension does not prohibit, or influence, the current qualifying circumstance. University policy provides for a second one-year extension in extraordinary circumstances. COVID-19 represents an extraordinary circumstance.
  • What happens if I am granted an extension but decide I do not need it?

    If after opting in you later decide you do not need the additional time, you may request a non-mandatory review following the promotion and tenure policy.
  • Where may I find more information?

    Please contact Bertina Combes in the Office for Faculty Success with questions about process. Faculty with questions about the stop the clock option are advised to consult their department chair, mentor, and/or dean.