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This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) shall not be viewed to diverge from the terms of the UAB Faculty Handbook and Policies with the exception of the one-year extension to the length of the tenure-earning period as defined in Section 2.15.4. This FAQ is designed to be helpful in providing illustrative guidance, but the UAB Faculty Handbook and Policies and any other relevant official UAB policies supersede this FAQ in all cases.

UAB announced in March 2020 that, beginning October 1, 2020, the University was automatically extending by one year the tenure-earning period for faculty on the tenure track at that time. In March 2021, the University also applied the one-year extension to faculty who were not at UAB or otherwise eligible for tenure as of March 2020 but were eligible as of March 2021 (because, for example, they joined the tenure track for the first time as of October 1, 2020). UAB made these decisions in recognition that the coronavirus pandemic significantly disrupted academic and personal lives. These disruptions include, but are not limited to: moving to on-line teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, restricted access to research laboratories, restricted travel for professional activities, and increased demands at home for the care and education of children and caregiving responsibilities for vulnerable or sick relatives.

Below are answers to questions tenure-earning faculty may have about the one-year extension of the tenure period. Additionally, the FAQ addresses some common questions relevant to non-tenure earning faculty.