University Senate                                                                     

Proposed: February 27, 2009

Adopted: by voice vote without dissent





WHEREAS      some faculty members on the tenure track in the faculties of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health at the Columbia University Medical Center must devote a significant fraction of their time to clinical obligations in addition to their teaching and research, and

WHEREAS      currently these faculty members must nevertheless pursue tenure on the same eight-year timetable that governs all other Columbia candidates, and

WHEREAS      the Medical Center, in adhering to this university-wide tenure schedule, is now at a competitive disadvantage among peer institutions, which have without exception extended their tenure clocks for health sciences faculty with clinical responsibilities, or even allowed candidates to decide when they are ready to make their case for tenure, and

WHEREAS      a provostial faculty committee reviewing tenure policies in 2005 recommended, among other reforms, extending the clock for tenure-track Columbia health sciences faculty with substantial clinical responsibilities from eight to ten years, and eliminating the practice of extending the limit on nontenured service for some faculty by moving them temporarily between tenure and clinical tracks, and

WHEREAS      a faculty committee at the Medical Center appointed in 2008 by the Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine has proposed implementing these 2005 recommendations, adding one more (eleventh) year to the proposed tenure clock extension, and

WHEREAS      the University Senate Faculty Affairs Committee has reviewed and approved the Medical Center proposal;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED       that the University Senate approve the proposal to extend the tenure clock for certain faculty with substantial clinical responsibilities from eight to eleven years, and to count all years of full-time faculty service, including time spent on clinical responsibilities, toward the proposed 11-year tenure limit.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED            that the Senate respectfully request the Trustees to enact these changes by amending the University Statutes as follows.

[The proposed statutory amendments are available in the Senate office.]