Promotion and Tenure

Faculty Handbook


It shall be the policy of the University to make promotions in rank to competent and deserving members of the faculty. Upon their request, faculty members will be considered for advancement in rank by the department and colllege ranking tenure evaluation committees. With the exception of the College of Applied Science and Technology, promotion criteria are defined by the university (see PPM 8-11).


WSU shall extend tenure to approved members of the teaching faculty who are holders of tenure track appointments and to certain others as hereafter defined. Tenure track appointments shall only be given to those faculty who, at the time of such appointment, meet the minimum degree requirements as specified in policy. Each college and the Library has formulated written policy statements containing the criteria to be used in tenure review. These policies include (1) the criteria, consistent with general WSU tenure criteria, (2) the rationale for the criteria; and (3) the method for measuring performance with respect to the criteria.

College Documents

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty members possess all the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens; however, because of their position as seekers and promulgators of knowledge and because that position can often come under social, religious, political or economic pressures, they must, for the common good of society at large, be guaranteed certain rights and be held to specific responsibilities. Faculty rights and responsibilities are described in detail in Section 9 of the WSU policy manual.