UTFA Tenure Appeals

University Tenure Appeal Committee Mandate:

The University Tenure Appeal Committee (UTAC) hears appeals against denial of tenure.

UTAC's membership and procedures are governed by sections 22, 23, and 24 of the Policy and Procedures on Academic Appointments.

In adjudicating tenure appeals, UTAC has two options available to it, and its decision concerning these two options is final. It may:

  • Dismiss the appeal; or
  • If it finds that any of the appeal grounds are substantiated, remit the case to a second tenure committee to be set up by the President for consideration of the question of tenure.

UTAC is composed of a Chair and a Vice-Chair and at least 14 members, all of whom are appointed by the President of the University after consultation with the University of Toronto Faculty Association. By agreement with UTFA the panel of UTAC members was increased from 8 to 14 plus a Chair and Vice-Chair in 2010. Members are appointed for two-year terms, with half of the membership completing their terms each year.

Drawing from the pool of members, a hearing panel is formed to adjudicate an appeal. Each panel is composed of the Chair, plus four members.

A faculty member who has been denied tenure should contact the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) for advice.

Members Faculty
TBD (Chair)
Prof. Steven F. Bernstein (Vice Chair) UTM – Dept. of Political Science

Important Contact Information:

University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA)

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Toronto, ON M5S 2T9
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Vice-Provost Faculty and Academic Life

Professor Heather Boon, Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life
McMurrich Building, Room 103
12 Queen's Park Crescent West
Toronto, ON M5S 1S8
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F: 416-946-0813