Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure

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The Faculty Committee on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure shall advise the Chancellor on promotion and tenure cases under review, and on appointments in cases where consultation is needed. The Committee coordinates discussion of appointment, promotion, and tenure procedures and expectations across academic units and with administration. The Committee shall recommend policies related to appointment, tenure and promotion to the Executive Council, which may bring them to the Faculty Assembly for a vote or may adopt them as provided in Article II Section 2 of the UW Tacoma bylaws.


The voting membership of the Faculty Committee on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure shall consist of no less than seven (7) members. Each academic unit will be represented by a tenured faculty member. In units with no tenured faculty, there will be no representation. Each academic unit will elect a representative. Academic unit heads are not eligible to serve. The term of office shall be three years and a representative may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, at which point, a member cannot be re-elected for one full year.


  • Chair 2020-2021: Yonn Dierwechter, School of Urban Studies, 2015-2021
  • Greg Rose, Milgard School of Business, 2019-2022
  • Jose Rios, School of Education, 2015-2021 
  • Marian Harris, School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, 2020-2021 
  • Katie Baird, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, 2018-2021
  • Denise Drevdahl, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, 2018-2021 
  • Debasis Dawn, School of Engineering and Technology, 2020-2023


    Promotion & Tenure Resources and Policies

    A complete list of Promotion & Tenure resources, including processes, deadlines, forms, and policies can be found on the Academic Human Resources website. The Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure Committee offers the following additional resources:

    APT Promotion & Tenure General Guidelines

    • P&T General Guidelines from APT Committee, 2019 (PDF) | (Word doc)  [approved by the Faculty Assembly Executive Council on 5.6.19]

    APT Review of Select New Appointments

    • APT Committee Review of Select New Appointments - (PDF)| (Word doc) [approved by the Faculty Assembly Executive Council on 10.13.17]

    APT Promotion & Tenure Information Sessions and Workshops

    • APT Workshop 4/23/2020- (Video)
    • Promotion & Tenure Workshop - 4/9/19; (PDF of slides)
    • Promotion & Tenure Information Session - 3/13/18; (video below)


    Promotion & Tenure Guidelines By School

    APT End of Year Reports