March 24 Message to Faculty: Pretenure Extensions in these Extraordinary Circumstances

To: Faculty of Case Western Reserve University
From: Ben Vinson III, Provost and Executive Vice President
Date: March 24, 2020
Re: Extension of Faculty Pretenure Periods Due to Extraordinary Circumstances Impacting the University in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

During this unanticipated and challenging period for our campus community, I am deeply appreciative of all our faculty members are doing to continue our students’ learning experiences and maintain our mission of education and research. I am also cognizant that the sudden transitions and changing expectations occurring during this public health emergency have not only had a significant impact on our students, but on faculty members as well.  

Given the extraordinary circumstances for our university brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, I am granting a one-year extension to the pretenure period of all eligible tenure-track faculty members, as I have been authorized to do under provisions of the Faculty Handbook.

This one-year pretenure period extension is available to current CWRU faculty members holding a tenure-track appointment effective prior to Jan. 1, 2020. It does not apply to faculty members who are going through a mandatory tenure review this year or to faculty with a terminal appointment for this academic year (AY2019-2020) or next year (AY2020-2021). Those eligible faculty members who accept the extension are not precluded from seeking an early tenure review.

Any eligible faculty member wishing to accept this one-year extension of their pretenure period shall provide confirmation of their acceptance via email to the Provost’s office by May 8, 2020, addressed to

Once again, thank you for your efforts during this extraordinary period.