Tenure

The granting of tenure is at the sole discretion of the School of Medicine and the Board of Trustees. The following applies to tenured faculty.

  1. Definition of Tenure

    Tenure represents a permanent, forward-looking commitment by the School of Medicine. Granting of tenure is based upon the past achievements of the individual and expectations for future programmatic contributions related to the missions and needs of the department and the School of Medicine. Tenure recognizes and rewards faculty of high quality and demonstrates the School's interest in retaining excellent faculty throughout their productive careers.

    Tenure is a professional status involving an assurance of continued service appropriate to rank and is recognized and granted formally by the Board of Trustees of Icahn School of Medicine upon recommendation by the Dean, or in the case of faculty from affiliated institutions conjointly by the Board of Trustees of both institutions upon recommendation by the Dean. Tenure is indispensable to the success of an institution in fulfilling its obligations to students, in maintaining academic freedom, and in contributing to knowledge and human health.

    Recommendations for tenure are considered separately from appointment and promotion recommendations.

    Faculty at the rank of Associate Professor and Professor in all three full-time tracks and in the voluntary track may be considered for tenure (see Chapter V, Appointments and Promotions).

  2. Financial Obligations of Tenure

    Tenure is an academic position available to School of Medicine-based and affiliate-based faculty at the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor.

    1. Full-Time Faculty

      The financial obligation to all tenured full-time faculty is limited to the minimum rate for rank established by the School of Medicine.

      For a tenured full-time School of Medicine-based faculty member, the obligation of the School to fund the faculty member's salary will be limited to funds in the faculty member's Department unless the Dean has given prior written approval that other institutional funds may be committed. It is the responsibility of the Department Chair or Center Director to inform the faculty member in writing at the time of appointment or promotion to a tenured position of the source from which such salary would derive.

      For a tenured full-time School of Medicine-based faculty member whose Department or Center is eliminated, the School of Medicine will assume financial responsibility to fund the faculty member's salary at its current level until that individual is appointed in another Department or Center, at which time resource allocation, including space and salary, will be reviewed in accordance with policies governing this issue (see Policy Regarding Resource Allocation to Tenured Faculty, this Chapter).

      For an affiliate-based tenured full-time faculty member, financial support will be limited by the affiliate institution's funds and will be subject to the written policies of the affiliate institution. Such policies of the affiliate must be consistent with the policies for Icahn School of Medicine-based faculty described above.

      2. Voluntary Faculty

      Tenure for voluntary faculty members carries no financial obligation for the Department, the affiliate or the School of Medicine.

  3. Procedure for the Granting of Tenure

    Faculty members eligible for tenure may be recommended by the respective Department Chairperson or Center Director to the Committee on Appointments and Promotions. All applications for tenured positions will be reviewed by an Ad Hoc committee and subsequently reviewed by the full Committee on Appointments and Promotions. All subsequent procedures for appointment or promotion to a tenured position will follow the guidelines as outlined in Chapter V, Faculty Appointments and Promotions.

  4. Evaluation of Tenured Faculty

    Faculty are accorded tenure with the expectation that they will continue to serve the Institution at a level commensurate to rank. Chairpersons, Center Directors, and the Dean are responsible for making resource allocation decisions regarding all faculty as frequently as is necessary. In addition, once every three to five years, the Dean shall perform a formal evaluation of the resource allocation decisions made by the Department Chair/Center Director with respect to each tenured faculty member. For further information, see this Chapter, Policy Regarding Resource Allocation to Tenured Faculty.

  5. Conditions under Which Tenure Ceases

    Once granted, tenure is maintained continuously and can be withdrawn only under one of the following conditions:

    1. if a full-time tenured faculty member voluntarily accepts a part-time position (except in the case of a faculty member who temporarily assumes a part-time position due to illness);

    2. upon retirement or resignation;

    3. if the faculty member is to be terminated for cause. For further information on termination of tenured faculty see this Chapter, Termination of Faculty and Faculty Disciplinary Tribunal.