Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP)

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Our goal is to recruit, retain and promote a diverse community of faculty that is reflective of our student body at SF State. At SF State, promotion and tenure policies and procedures are geared toward safeguarding academic freedom, which is vital for ongoing research, teaching and creative activities in higher education. Through the freedom of academic inquiry that shapes our intellectual community, your professional and creative activities embrace our University’s core value of life of the mind. The following information and resources are to help departments/schools and faculty navigate the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) process. 

Note, advancement in rank is based on merit as demonstrated by teaching performance, professional achievement and growth and contributions to the campus and the community as provided in Academic Senate RTP Policy F22-241 (supersedes F19-241) and department criteria. Reviews and recommendations for the purpose of decisions related to promotion are based solely on material contained in the electronic working personnel action file (eWPAF). The eWPAF contains the faculty member’s materials and index, student evaluations of teaching effectiveness and all other information provided by the faculty, students, academic administrators and others who must be identified by name.  

Under the CSU Collective Bargaining Agreement and Academic Senate policies below, the university establishes an annual review deadline calendar, which outlines the three review cycles and the timeline for each review cycle (Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 13).

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