March 21, 2020
I write to provide information about tenure policy adjustments that will be implemented
University-wide at Yale.
I am heartened to see the community spirit with which everyone at Yale—staff, faculty, and
students—is approaching the disruption caused by this pandemic. You have received multiple messages
from me over the past few weeks urging action to prepare for the significant changes we are now
experiencing. Thank you for all you are doing to ensure educational continuity for our students,
continuity of critical research, and as much continuity as possible for all other kinds of
research. Today I write to offer some relief to the pressure felt by the newest generation of
ladder faculty in our community of scholars.
The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its downstream repercussions will significantly
affect faculty research in its various forms across the University. For those on the ladder track,
this adds a distinctive level of concern and uncertainty as deadlines approach for renewal,
promotion, and tenure. I am therefore happy to be able to share with you that we will be extending
tenure clocks and select multi-year appointments.
Yale will grant to tenure-track faculty (except those whose dossiers for review have already been
submitted) a one-year extension to their current appointment. This will also entail a one-year
extension to both the maximum time in that rank and the combined non-tenure ranks. In the Schools
of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, Yale will grant an extension of the current appointment
and of the maximum time in the current rank to those faculty in the non-tenure-track ladder ranks
listed below.* Procedures for implementing this extension will follow the policies described in the
Faculty Handbook, Section III.F, except that this extension will not count toward the combined
total of three years that Section III.F currently allows for extensions. For assistant professors
whose dossiers for review have already been submitted, if they are promoted to associate professor
on term (tenure-track or investigator track) by July 1
this year, they will automatically be granted a one-year extension to their appointment
as associate professor.
No faculty member is obliged to accept the extension; they may choose instead to follow the
original review schedule.
President Salovey, the Deans, and I recognize the difficulty that rapidly changing circumstances
have caused our faculty. I hope that this tenure-clock extension will ease any anxiety that our
junior colleagues may be feeling about the implications of the current public health situation for
their careers at Yale. Thank you all for your essential contributions to our academic community.
Scott Strobel Provost
Henry Ford II Professor
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
*Extensions of the current appointment and maximum time at rank will be granted to:
Tenure-track: assistant professors and associate professors on term
Medical School and School of Public Health:
Traditional Track: assistant professors and associate professors on term Clinician-Educator track:
Clinician-Scholar track: assistant professors Investigator track: assistant and associate
School of Nursing:
Clinical track: assistant professors and associate professors
Traditional track: assistant professors and associate professors on term