III. Establishment of Tenure at Columbia College ChicagoA. Objectives. The Board of Trustees formally adopted the system of faculty tenure set forth in this Statement on May 31, 1997, that would:
- ensure that considerations of academic and creative quality be the bases for faculty appointment decisions and thus contribute to continued academic and creative excellence at the College;
- foster and encourage risk-taking inquiry and creative expression at the frontiers of knowledge and convention;
- facilitate the attraction to the College of capable and highly qualified faculty members; strengthen institutional stability by enhancing faculty members’ loyalty to the College; and encourage academic and creative excellence by hiring, retaining, and rewarding only the most able people;
- necessitate choice and selectivity in the appointment and retention of faculty members because of the requirements of academic, creative, and professional excellence; and
- confirm the high and valued academic stature of the College’s tenured faculty among their peers throughout the United States and the world.
B. Nature of Tenured Appointment. A faculty member at Columbia College Chicago who holds a Tenured Appointment has a right, subject to the terms and conditions in this Statement, to academic year employment for an indefinite period. A Tenured Appointment confers no employment or procedural rights beyond those set forth in this Statement.
C. Appointment as Provost, School Dean, or Department Chair. A person’s appointment as Provost, School Dean, or Department Chair is not a Tenured Appointment. A person who holds an appointment as Provost, School Dean, or Department Chair may also hold a Tenured or Tenure-Track Appointment as a member of the faculty, but, whether or not that is the case, such a person holds the position of Provost, School Dean, or Department Chair solely pursuant to the terms of the person’s letter of appointment or written contract of employment.