When your Provost doesn’t even bother to tell you he’s not going to tell you about tenure

The deadline to notify assistant profs about tenure decisions was May 1. That was Saturday, so I imagine most people thought the university would tell them Friday. Nope. No notices went out. I can imagine how stressful this was – to be told you’ll get a tenure letter by May 1, and then not getting an email – not even one announcing a delay. Many nervous emails from faculty to dept heads, from heads to deans, etc.

Today Karen Ford from CAS did a little damage control, in the process discovering Provost Phillips is hoping to get around to tenure decisions soon, maybe:

From: CAS Dean <casdean@uoregon.edu>
Date: May 3, 2021 at 14:53:07 PDT
Subject:cas-heads: Promotion Decisions from Office of the Provost

Sent on behalf of Karen J. Ford, Dean for Faculty:

Dear CAS heads and directors/managers.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, promotion decision letters have not yet been sent to candidates from the Provost’s Office.  They are hoping to notify TTF faculty standing for promotions and tenure or going through midterm contract renewal reviews by May 18.  Career faculty candidates should hear about their promotions on June 1.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this, and I apologize for not letting you know about the expected date change sooner.


Karen J. Ford

Dean for Faculty

Professor of English

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10 Responses to When your Provost doesn’t even bother to tell you he’s not going to tell you about tenure

  1. Provost Pattycakes says:

    Provost Pattycakes here with another helpful tip for your emotionally stunted provost!

    Tip: People are less productive when they feel in the dark over big decisions. A quick email to say “Hey candidate, we’re running a bit late on tenure decisions this year. COVID, lol.” would go a long way to easing people’s minds. It would make them less anxious and more productive until the decisions come out. Neat!

    Until the next time you need me, Provost Pattycakes signing off.

    • Just classified says:

      Welcome to the world of perpetual job insecurity and confusion we classifieds live with every day. Other sources include various forms of harassment and abuse, ever increasing job duties, and broader skills without compensation, etc, etc.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is bullshit. It’s a race to see who can be highest paid and least involved. Bettina Cornwell wins 😂

  2. thedude says:

    I assume the provost is going to announce larger tenure and promotion raises to make up for the delay, right?

  3. sigh says:

    a constant feeling of amatuer hour amongst the highest paid people at UO.

  4. Curiouser_and_curiouser says:

    Isn’t this in violation of the CBA?

    • uomatters says:

      The CBA says June 15th. May 1 was the Provost’s guidance, as posted in the timeline on their website.

    • uomatters says:

      The CBA says June 15th. May 1 is the date on the timeline provided by the Provost’s Office for those up for tenure and promotion.

  5. charlie says:


    So much for the life of the mind. Admins think they don’t need the people who do the real work, so no basic civility…

  6. old hand says:

    cause you just don’t want anyone to feel too good about getting tenure.

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