The tenure process at LMU describes the procedure resulting in a tenure decision based on a clear and transparent set of performance criteria.
The tenure process is initiated following candidates‘ submission of an application for tenure evaluation. The earliest date at which candidates may receive tenure is 3 years after their appointment. Candidates will receive a letter specifically informing them about this option during their tenure-track phase. The latest date at which candidates may apply for tenure evaluation is the beginning of the fifth year of their tenure-track phase.
Following candidates’ applications for tenure evaluation, their individual faculty will establish a faculty commission: Based on at least two external reviews, this commission shall consider whether the performance criteria have been met. The tenure application and faculty vote will then be forwarded to a university-wide tenure commission which shall deliver an opinion on the tenure process. The University Governing Board will then make a decision about the tenure application based on the recommendations of both commissions
If approved, candidates will be appointed to a permanent W2 professorship. In addition, from mid-2018, newly appointed tenure-track professors will receive a salary increase by a fixed sum when granted tenure.
If tenure is denied, candidates will be offered appropriate completion funding in order to provide sufficient time to find new employment.
Tenure evaluation: performance criteria
- Publications: number and volume of publications; frequency of citations; significance of the publishing journals in their individual fields of research
- Funding grants and other awards
- Research awards
- Teaching experience: duration and thematic breadth
- Faculty evaluation of the candidate’s teaching performance. Presentation of the candidate’s teaching portfolio and/or selected teaching materials
- Number of theses supervised
- Teaching awards
Further performance indicators
- Promotion of junior academics
- List place for professorship appointment at other universities
- Invitations to guest professorships or other guest teaching opportunities at other higher education institutions
- Invitations to give talks and/or attend academic national or international events
- Membership to scientific committees, expert panels, advisory boards, associations and societies
- Engagement as an academic reviewer or expert
- Publications in international academic journals
- Organization of international conferences