Promotion and tenure

The mission of the School of Dentistry is to educate practitioners of dentistry capable of meeting the general oral health needs of the communities they serve. Integral to this mission is the responsibility of the school to assume a prominent role in research and other scholarly activity, to provide service and patient care to the community, and to develop leaders in education and organized dentistry.

For the School of Dentistry to be successful in achieving its goals, it must recruit and retain a distinguished faculty. The school strives to encourage excellence through its policies of appointment, promotion and tenure of faculty.

The school's Promotion and Tenure Committee performs equitable, impartial and objective reviews for each eligible member of the faculty and submits recommendations for promotion and tenure in accordance with current procedure.

Forms and resources


July 1 Last day to inform your chair who will form a peer review committee. The members of the peer committee must have the same or higher rank as that proposed for the candidate.
Sept. 1 Developed file due to the peer review committee.
Nov. 1 Peer committee's recommendation due to your department chair.
Nov. 15 Department chair's recommendation along with peer committee's recommendation due to the school’s Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Dec. 20 Promotion and Tenure Committee's recommendation and vote due to the dean.
Feb. 1 All documents, including the dean's recommendation, due to the vice president for health sciences, the president and the VCU Board of Visitors.