The following message was sent to all Mines faculty on 4/10/20:
Earlier this week I sent the following email to all tenure-track faculty and department heads, but I wanted to make all academic faculty aware of this message.
Dear Mines Faculty:
We made it through our first week of remote instruction – I want to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and dedication to our students. This is not the semester we expected in January, but I am grateful for your patience, flexibility, creativity and unwavering commitment to Mines and our students.
With all non-essential research and university travel suspended, I recognize that faculty are facing additional challenges, particularly related to scholarly productivity. It’s an issue that is not unique to Mines – universities across Colorado and the nation are currently grappling with how best to handle these ever-changing circumstances.
In consultation with the Mines Faculty Senate, Department Heads and the Vice Provosts/Deans and in line with the recent guidance from the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), I am announcing today that, effective immediately, all tenure-track probationary faculty will automatically be granted a one-year extension to their tenure clock.
Faculty may decline the automatic extension, but in this event, faculty will not be able to reinstate the extension. Tenure criteria and expectations will remain the same whether an extension has been applied or not. This extension will not apply to those faculty who have commenced the tenure review process prior to January 1, 2020.
For those tenure-track faculty who have yet to complete their preliminary tenure review (pursuant to Handbook Section 8.1.4), which is typically completed by the faculty member’s sixth semester of service at Mines, you may also request a one-year extension. It is not required that you exercise this option to delay your preliminary tenure review, but if you want this flexibility, it is available to you.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Department Head, Dean or me. Academic Affairs is also developing an online FAQ that we hope to have available on our website later this week.