Career Advancement

Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure

An initial appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor is for a three-year term, followed by reappointment for a second three-year term, and then a further reappointment for a two-year term.  An initial appointment at the rank of Instructor I is for a two-year term, followed by reappointment for a second two-year term, and then further reappointment for a two-year term.  (For the purpose of calculating years of service with respect to reappointments, promotion and tenure, all appointments are deemed to have commenced on July 1 of the calendar year in which the actual appointment began.)

Promotion to Associate Professor may be considered at any time (consideration in the fifth year after appointment is the most common), and, if awarded, is accompanied by tenure. In any event, tenure is considered no later than during the seventh year of appointment.

Promotion to Senior Instructor must be considered no later than in the fifth year and, if awarded, is accompanied by tenure.  An Instructor I may only be considered one time for tenure and promotion.

Individuals with appropriate levels of academic or industry experience may be appointed at the rank of Senior Instructor, Associate Professor, Professor of Teaching or Professor.

Candidates for reappointment, tenure or promotion are judged principally on performance with respect to teaching, scholarly activity, and service. The process for securing tenure and promotion is comprehensive and outlined fully in the Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Faculty and the UBC Guide to Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure.

Faculty members have access to a number of resources available to guide them in gaining reappointment, tenure, and promotion. The most important of these is your Head, who is available to help you prepare your case and provide counsel. Also, the Faculty's environment fosters collaboration between junior and senior colleagues in each department, many of whom will be eager to assist you and provide mentorship in connection with tenure and promotion. Additional support is available from the Dean's Office and the Faculty Association.

The Faculty Association

The Faculty Association represents faculty, lecturers, librarians, and program directors. The Association undertakes collective bargaining on salaries and economic benefits on behalf of its members, and represents members in grievances and arbitration.

The Association also participates in a number of joint committees with the UBC administration, and is active in provincial and national faculty associations. Membership in the Faculty Association is automatic with acceptance of your appointment.