Renewal, Promotion and Tenure

The promotion and tenure process is one of the most important tasks that faculty undertake in an institution of higher education, and follows the principles in sections 2.4 through 2.7 of the Faculty Handbook.  Over the last two years, representatives from the Provost Office and Colleges/Schools have collaborated to make the guidelines for renewal, promotion, and tenure accessible online in a detailed format.

In each Department/Program within CHSS, the Chairs/Directors are responsible for:

  • Managing the reviews within the department;
  • Making their own recommendations;
  • Maintaining full dossiers on each candidate; and
  • Ensuring complete materials are electronically submitted to the Dean for further review.

Interfolio’s Renewal, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) System

In support of the promotion and tenure process, Mason has invested in Interfolio’s Renewal, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) content management system. The Renewal, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) tool automates existing workflows and processes for faculty renewal, promotion and tenure into a unified content management system. This streamlines the RPT experience for candidates and reviewers at all levels within one secure and configurable system.

In academic year 2020-2021, the university launched the first workflow for Tenure and/or Promotion. Please note that while the method of submitting the required materials has migrated to the online content management system, all promotion and/or tenure dossier requirements remain the same.

CHSS faculty and administrators can review the most recent version of the college’s Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure here.

Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure Cycle AY2021-2022

In spring 2021, the university plans to launch workflows for the following cycles:

Candidates participating in Tenure and/or Promotion during AY2021-2022 should consult the CHSS Promotion & Tenure Timeline.

Departments should also be familiar with the Provost's Office Guidance on RPT Review Committees and External Referees.

Mason’s Faculty Activity & Collaboration Tools (FACTs) Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) Implementation Team

Each of the Schools/Colleges have had a representative on the RPT Implementation Team to provide feedback and recommendations and to assist with building and testing the system for faculty. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences representative is Jenna McGwin, Associate Director for Operations and Initiatives. Please contact Jenna if you have questions regarding the new procedures.