Pre-Tenure Pandemic Course Relief Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented impacts on pre-tenure faculty. Additional tenure clock extensions have provided faculty with more time but at the cost of delaying their promotion and tenure (P&T). As an investment in faculty scholarship, this program provides up to $5,000 in matching funds to pay for a one-course teaching relief.
The purpose of this program is to help mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 on faculty advancement due to factors such as: an increase in the amount of time devoted to instruction; unexpected care obligations; delays in research, scholarly, creative, or extension opportunities; changes in the areas of research emphasis by federal agencies and other research sponsors; and damage to reputation building due to reduced professional opportunities (e.g., conferences, invitations to give a colloquium, domestic and international travel bans).
The Provost’s Office will provide up to $5,000 in matching funds to the faculty member’s college or department for a one-course buyout to be used prior to their mandatory promotion and tenure year. We anticipate additional funds will be available in the future years to continue this program, so applications this year should be limited to only those who can use it to buy out of teaching in either fall 2024 or spring 2025.
Buyouts are expected to be used for faculty teaching relief in addition to standard teaching load and course release practices in the faculty member’s department/school and college.
Applicants must be pre-tenure tenure track faculty members hired prior to academic year 2022-23.
Eligible faculty members should submit the application to the department head/chair or school director for their review and signature.
The department then forwards all proposals (approved and not approved) to the dean’s office for review and consideration.
The dean will review and sign all proposals before submitting them to Faculty Affairs for review and consideration.
Faculty Affairs will review all proposals and make a determination for funding. Notifications will be sent directly to the faculty member with copies to the department head and dean.
Available funds are limited, and priority will be given to those faculty who demonstrate current or historical pandemic impacts to their ability to conduct research, scholarly, creative, or outreach activities and/or publish their results due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that additional funds will be available in future years to continue this program, so applications this year should be limited to only those faculty who can use it to buy out of teaching in either fall 2024 or spring 2025. Considerations for funding include:
- How close is the faculty member to their mandatory P&T year?
Faculty closer to their mandatory year have greater need to mitigate pandemic impacts in time for P&T consideration. All other things being equal, faculty closer to their mandatory year will have higher priority compared to those with more time.
- How urgent is the need to have the course release now versus later?
Some types of scholarly and creative activities require more time to come to fruition than others. Faculty with scholarly and creative activities that require more time will have higher priority.
- What is the scale of the impact of the pandemic on the faculty member’s research, scholarly, creative, and/or outreach activities?
Faculty members’ professional development and progression were differentially impacted by the pandemic. Faculty who demonstrate greater pandemic impacts on their professional activities will have higher priority.
- How will this buyout specifically benefit the faculty member’s progression towards P&T?
The purpose of this program is help faculty who were/are negatively impacted by the pandemic prepare for promotion and tenure. Priority will be given to those faculty for whom a teaching buyout will provide demonstrable and achievable benefits to promotion and tenure preparedness.
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend coordinating with your department head, chair or school director to evaluate your preparedness. If you are on track and do not apply, that will help us direct resources to those faculty most in need.
Email Rachel Gabriele, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
November 1, 2023 to Faculty Affairs for academic year 2024-25 buyouts