Tenure Probationary Period Extension

Wichita State University fosters a culture that welcomes, encourages, supports and sustains a diverse faculty as they achieve excellence in scholarship, teaching, service and public engagements.

Our tenure policy provides for flexibility in meeting goals and expectations for performance based upon the different stages of faculty development over the course of an academic career. The policy recognizes the importance of balancing academic and family responsibilities by allowing for the extension of the probationary period related to parenting and health-related commitments.

Section 4.19 Tenure Policy:
If an untenured faculty member becomes a parent through birth, adoptive placement, or adoption of a child under the age of 5 prior to May 1st of the fifth year of the probationary period, that faculty member, upon notification to Provost, shall be granted a one-year delay of the tenure review. Notification must occur within 90 days of the birth, adoptive placement or adoption. Faculty members retain the right to opt out of this interruption policy.

Additional information can be found at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) website.