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Town hall meetings to focus on new tenure and promotion guidelines

Proposed guidelines for university-level tenure and promotion review to be implemented by a new Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be discussed this month at two town halls.

Under the draft proposal, TPAC would replace the Presidential Advisory Committee, which currently conducts university-level reviews. Draft guidelines for the operation of TPAC will be the focus of the town halls.

Public meetings will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center (DUC) and from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Grace Crum Rollins building, room 721/729.

“The TPAC drafting committee welcomes comments on the draft guidelines for TPAC's work and encourages public participation,” says Kathryn Yount, past-chair of the Faculty Council and TPAC drafting committee co-chair.

“These gatherings offer an important opportunity to develop a shared understanding of this initiative and to exchange ideas about how to improve the draft guidelines and TPAC's work,” she says.

The TPAC drafting committee was appointed in 2015 to draft, vet and finalize guidelines for university-level review of candidates for tenure or promotion. Their work has been guided by principles for faculty governance endorsed by the Faculty Council.

An in-depth review of peer-university guidelines, as well as tenure and promotion guidelines of schools and colleges at Emory, provided models for best practices for TPAC.

The draft guidelines are open for review and comments by the public. They may be previewed here. The period for comments will close on March 15. Written comments and input from the campus town halls will be gathered and submitted to the TPAC drafting committee.

For more information about TPAC or questions about the process, contact Yount (, TPAC Drafting Committee Co-Chair Deborah Bruner ( or faculty representatives to the University Faculty Council.

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