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Office of the Provost

Tenure and Promotion

Post Tenure Review

Each tenured faculty member, regardless of rank and including those in departmental administrative positions, will be reviewed every six years unless, during the previous six year period, the faculty member is reviewed and advanced to or retained in a higher position (e.g., dean, a chaired professorship, promotion to a higher professorial rank). Sabbatical leave does not affect post-tenure review (PTR). The table below tracks when a faculty member becomes eligible for post-tenure review, based on the date of tenure.

Date of Promotion or Last Post-Tenure Review Date of Next Post-Tenure Review [pdf]


2019-2020 Calendar [pdf]


2020-2021 Calendar [pdf]










Post-tenure review will be waived, however, for any faculty member who notifies the unit chair in writing of retirement within three years of the next scheduled review.

Complete information regarding post-tenure reviews of faculty can be found in the USC Columbia Faculty Manual on page 32. Please contact the relevant department chair or dean for department- or college-specific post-tenure review guidelines.

Unit Criteria for Post-Tenure Review

Individual departmental or college/school unit criteria for post-tenure review must be reviewed as well as the university policies identified in this site.

Post-Tenure Review Calendar

The post-tenure review calendar [pdf] is produced each year by the Office of the Provost. It identifies key dates and deadlines for all colleges/schools, departments and faculty members relating to the post-tenure review process.

Dates marked by an asterisk (*) are firm deadlines set by the Office of the Provost and the other dates are suggested guidelines. Units have the option to set alternative deadlines for the other events as long as they can meet the April 1 deadline.


April 30*

Dean’s office notifies all eligible faculty in writing that post tenure review (PTR) will occur during the following academic year.

June 3*

Eligible faculty notifies the dean’s office in writing of his/her intent to go forward with post-tenure review or to retire in three years. Faculty contacts the appropriate PTR Committee Chair for guidance in preparing file.

July 15*

Deans send the provost a list of all faculty members who will be considered for PTR  in the upcoming academic year.

November 3

Faculty completes the PTR file and forwards the file to the chair’s or dean’s office for PTR Committee review.



January 15

The PTR Committee's report is forwarded to the faculty member, department chair and dean. The PTR Committee must include recommendations in its report that will assist in restoring the faculty member's performance to a "satisfactory" level in any area found unsatisfactory.

February 13

In the event the faculty member's overall performance evaluation is determined by the PTR Committee to be "unsatisfactory," a development committee which may be the PTR Committee or a separate committee depending on the unit criteria, will prepare a development plan and a timetable for improvement following unit criteria. The development plan must be prepared in consultation with and receive the concurrence of the faculty member.

April 1*

Completed development plans for those judged unsatisfactory and timetable must be approved by the committee and forwarded to the chair and to the dean. Copies of the development plan and the relevant PTR Committee's report must also be sent to the provost. Names of faculty described as "unsatisfactory," "satisfactory" or "superior" are forwarded to the provost. Disagreements between the faculty member and the development committee or between the development committee and the PTR Committee concerning the development plan or timetable will be resolved by the dean.

By June 30*

The report is due to the Office of the Provost by the dean in the event a faculty member receives an "unsatisfactory" rating. The report must include a unit PTR report and any recommendations for a development plan, a written statement of a faculty member if the faculty member appealed the unit's assessment, any recommendation of the unit tenure and promotion committee of subcommittee and the dean's assessment.


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