Promotion and Tenure


Frequently Asked Questions and Updates


UPDATED April 23, 2020: For tenure-line faculty in their probationary period in Spring 2020, Penn State has updated guidance regarding a one-year extension due to COVID-19 and comprehensive FAQs related to the guidance.


2019-2020 Promotion and Tenure FAQ

Penn State announces promotions in academic rank for tenure and tenure-line faculty, effective July 1, 2019


Key Policies and Guidelines

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

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

2019-2020 Administrative Guidelines for Policy AC23 (formerly HR23): Promotion and Tenure Procedures and Regulations

2019-2020 Summary of Revisions to the Administrative Guidelines and FAQs for Policy AC23 (formerly HR23)

Early Tenure Review Guidelines

2019-2020 Immediate Tenure Review Guidelines

2019-2020 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)



2019-2020 Immediate Tenure Review Committee

2019-2020 University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee



Faculty Tenure Rates Annual Report

Faculty Tenure-Flow Rates


Workshops, Presentations, and Resources

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

NEW: 2019 Promotion and Tenure Workshop Presentation and MediaSite videorecording

(Note: Due to a power outage that occurred during the workshop, the videorecording 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)