Tenure Caps and Alternative Faculty Appointments at Small Private Colleges

Topics: Promotion and Tenure Policies, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • Do other institutions maintain tenure caps to limit the number of tenured faculty members?
  • How do institutions manage the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty members?
  • What types of alternative faculty appointments are in place?
  • What are the responsibilities for non-tenure-track faculty?
  • What promotion opportunities and benefits do non-tenure-track faculty receive?


Academic administrators at small, private colleges maintain an appropriate number of tenured and tenure-track faculty members by limiting tenure through caps, examining newly opened tenure lines, and relying on non-tenure-track faculty appointments. This report highlights practices to manage tenure numbers and provides available tenured and tenure-track faculty totals at seven colleges. The report also describes the titles, responsibilities, promotion opportunities, and benefits of several types of non-tenure-track faculty appointments.

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