Definition of Tenure
Tenure refers to the indefinite length of some appointments. Only individuals
in the faculty ranks of Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor
are eligible for appointments that last for indefinite time periods. The provisions
of the University
of Illinois Statutes govern these appointments.
Academic titles sometimes resemble faculty titles. However, such academic positions
either are for less than 51% time, or they include the following words as part
of the title: adjunct, clinical, research, teaching, or visiting.
Election of service for tenure
Under University of Illinois Statutes, an initial appointment that begins after the eighth week of the academic year ordinarily does not count toward the probationary period of a faculty member on definite tenure nor does it ordinarily count as service in establishing eligibility for a sabbatical leave with pay, unless recommended and agreed upon in advance.
All probationary faculty whose initial appointment is for a partial year's service must indicate at the time of hire whether or not the partial year is to count as a year toward the completion of their probationary period.
Normally, time spent by a probationary faculty on a leave of absence without pay does NOT count toward the probationary period when the leave is a result of personal or professional events that detrimentally affect the individual's ability to fulfill their normal faculty responsibilities.
Service Toward Completion of the Probationary Period form - This form is formatted in Adobe Acrobat and can be filled out online and printed.
Initial Appointment Partial Year
Policy for Counting Service toward Completion of the Probationary Period
An appointment year is defined as:
- Twelve months, including an allowable vacation.
- Academic year, consisting of two semesters.
- Another appointment of at least nine months.
For assistant professors on appointment at more than 50 percent of full time, an initial appointment that begins after the eighth week of the academic year ordinarily does not count toward the probationary period of a faculty member on definite tenure nor does it ordinarily count as service in establishing eligibility for a sabbatical leave with pay, unless recommended and agreed upon in advance.
Such a request must be made in writing to the department head or chairperson and should be forwarded to the appropriate Office of Human Resources with the original appointment papers in the case of new faculty members or with leave without pay requests in the case of continuing faculty. If the leave will be a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request, the appropriate leave request form and medical certification will comprise the written request.
No more than one such request to hold the tenure clock will normally be granted for each faculty member during the probationary period.