Tenure-Track Term Contract Guide

Tenure-Track or Term Contract Assessment Guide

This guide is intended to assist you in the process of determining if you want to apply for a tenure-track position or remain in a term contract position.

Tenure-Track Process

  1. Instructor
    1. Year 1 in rank – You are hired at NSCC.
    2. Year 3 in rank – You may submit your application for promotion to Assistant Professor during the fall semester of this year or subsequent years of employment.
  2. Assistant Professor – Tenure Track
    1. Year 1 in rank – Upon promotion to Assistant Professor you may decide to submit an application to be considered for a tenure-track position or stay in a term contract position. This decision should be given serious consideration of the opportunities and consequences of selecting to apply for tenure.
      NOTE: You must attain the rank of Associate Professor for tenure to be awarded. You may be approved for tenure track, but if you have not attained the rank of Associate Professor, tenure status will not be granted.
    2. When you chose tenure track you begin a maximum of six (6) years in the tenure-track position. This period of time is used to build your experience and qualifications to be granted tenure.
    3. You may request up to three years of previous full-time faculty service at NSCC to be used toward the six year-experience requirement for the tenure track.
    4. Year 3 in rank – You may submit your application for promotion to Associate Professor during the fall semester of this year or years 4 or 5 or 6 in rank.
    5. If you are not approved for tenure, then according to TBR Policy you will have the option of working one final year of contracted employment at NSCC.
  3. Associate Professor – Tenure Track
    1. Upon the granting of tenure you have completed the tenure-track process and are placed in a tenured position which is considered to be a permanent position not requiring a contract for services.
    2. Year 5 in rank – You may submit your application for promotion to Professor during the fall semester of this year or subsequent years.
    3. Promotion to Professor requires evidence of you accepting continuously increasing responsibilities and providing significant additional contributions to NSCC.
    4. Promotion to Professor requires the attainment of an earned doctorate or TBR recognized terminal degree in the faculty member’s instructional discipline, and significant accomplishments in your academic discipline.
  4. Application for Tenure
    1. Submit your application for tenure during the fall of your sixth year of tenure-track service unless you were granted up to three years of previous full-time faculty service at NSCC to be used toward the six-year experience requirement for the tenure track.
    2. NOTE: You must attain the rank of Associate Professor for tenure to be awarded. You may be approved for tenure track, but if you have not attained the rank of Associate Professor, tenure status will not be granted.
    3. If you are not approved for tenure, then according to TBR policy you will have the option of working one final year of contracted employment at NSCC.
  5. Professor – Tenured
    1. Upon promotion to Professor you have attained the highest academic rank possible.
    2. Promotion to Professor comes with the expectation that you will continue to provide excellent service to NSCC.

Term Contract Process

  1. Instructor
    1. Year 1 in rank – You are hired at NSCC.
    2. Year 3 in rank – You may submit your application for promotion to Assistant Professor during the fall semester of this year or subsequent years of employment.
    3. Year 6 in rank – If you did not apply for assistant professor you may apply for a multiple-year term contract. Multiple year contracts are for a period of up to three years.
  2. Assistant Professor
    1. Year 1 in rank – You may request conversion to a tenure-yrack contract or remain in a term contract position.
    2. You may request conversion to a tenure-track contract in any fall semester beyond this point.
    3. In year 6 of service as full-time faculty at NSCC you may apply for a multiple-year term contract. Multiple year contracts are for a period of up to three years.
    4. Year 3 in rank – You may submit your application for promotion to Associate Professor during the fall semester of this year or subsequent years.
  3. Associate Professor
    1. Year 5 in rank – You may submit your application for promotion to Professor during the fall semester of this year or subsequent years.
    2. Promotion to Professor requires evidence of you accepting continuously increasing responsibilities and providing significant additional contributions to NSCC.
    3. Promotion to Professor requires the attainment of an earned doctorate or TBR recognized terminal degree in the faculty member’s instructional discipline, and significant accomplishments in your academic discipline.
  4. Professor
    1. Upon promotion to Professor you have attained the highest academic rank possible.
    2. Promotion to Professor comes with the expectation that you will continue to provide excellent service to NSCC.

Approved June 2017