Promotion and Tenure


Frequently Asked Questions and Updates


NEW: Watch the 2020-2021 Promotion and Tenure Workshop video recording and download the PowerPoint presentation by Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Kathy Bieschke. For more information about this event, email

2020-2021 Promotion and Tenure FAQ (Updated September 18, 2020)

NEW: For tenure-line faculty in their probationary period in Spring 2020, Penn State has updated guidance as of September 18, 2020, regarding a one-year extension due to COVID-19 and comprehensive FAQs related to the updated guidance.

Penn State announces promotions in academic rank for tenured and tenure-line faculty, effective July 1, 2020

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2020


Key Policies and Guidelines

University Policy AC21 (formerly HR21): Definition of Academic Ranks

University Policy AC23 (formerly HR23): Promotion and Tenure Procedures and Regulations

2020-2021 Administrative Guidelines for Policy AC23 (formerly HR23): Promotion and Tenure Procedures and Regulations

2020-2021 Summary of Revisions to the Administrative Guidelines and FAQs for Policy AC23 (formerly HR23)

Early Tenure Review Guidelines

NEW: 2020-2021 Immediate Tenure Review Guidelines

NEW: 2020-2021 Guidelines for Staying of the Provisional Tenure Period

University Policy ACG17 (formerly HCG17): Requests for Reduction of Prior Tenure Credit


Activity Insight

Activity Insight is an online software tool by Digital Measures designed to help faculty members collect, organize, and display their data for the purposes of annual reviews, promotion and tenure, and more.

Activity Insight at Penn State

Executive Summary: Faculty Activity Insight Systems (FAIS)



2020-2021 Immediate Tenure Review Committee

2020-2021 University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee



Faculty Tenure Rates Annual Report

Faculty Tenure-Flow Rates


Workshops, Presentations, and Resources

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 Promotion and Tenure Workshop Presentation and MediaSite video recording

(Note: Due to a power outage that occurred during this workshop, the video recording includes sporadic interruptions. Thank you for your understanding.)

Statement of Practices for the Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness for Promotion and Tenure

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE)
(SITE offers instructional consultants to assist with issues related to teaching and learning.)

Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTE)