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Promotion and Tenure

Academic Affairs

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion and tenure actions are governed by the City University of New York Bylaws, the PSC/CUNY collective bargaining agreement and University and College policies. Below is various guidance and procedures concerning annual reappointments, tenure and promotion of faculty.

Guidelines and procedures used by the College for considering annual reappointments, tenure and promotion of faculty.
Policies and Guidelines for Reappointment Tenure and Promotion (CCNY)

CCNY Governance Plan - Article IX as Amended

Review Committee Calendar 2018-2019 (PDF)

Timetable for Tenure, CCE, and Promotion Review

Lecturers - No External Evaluation Letters

Workshop Dates for Chairs and Faculty

This statement provides the general criteria for reappointment, tenure and promotion adopted by the CUNY Board of Trustees. No other criteria can be developed or used by academic programs, departments, or divisions for the consideration or personnel actions.
Statement of the Board on Academic Personnel Practice (CUNY)

The Max-Kahn Memorandum (1967) clarifies Appointments and Tenure Procedures for Instructional Staff.
Max-Kahn Memorandum

Revised Pre-Tenure Review Policy (CUNY)

City College format of Curriculum Vitae required for the consideration of all personnel actions.
Curriculum Vitae Form (CCNY)


A candidate for the title of Distinguished Professor must receive positive recommendation by the relevant Department, P&B, Faculty Committee on Personnel Matters, Review Committee, the President and the University. CUNY procedures for the nomination of candidates for the title of Distinguished Professor are described on the website listed below.

The performance of all Distinguished Professors is reviewed at the end of every five years. The president will submit the review to the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost.

Distinguished Professors, Named Chairs, and Named Professors Memo


The title of Presidential Professors is conferred on an individual by the President of City College in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievements. A faculty member applying for University Distinguished Professor may also apply for the appointment to Presidential Professor. However, to nominate someone as Presidential Professor, the person must be concurrently approved for Distinguished Professor at all levels inside the College. Please see the Presidential Professor Guidelines for more information.