The University of South Carolina is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting
an outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, service and
outreach. When a faculty member has demonstrated sustained excellence in a previous
position, the university may choose to offer initial faculty appointment with tenure
or at the rank of professor. If a unit wishes to appoint a faculty member new to the
university to an endowed chair appointment as well, a single file including all elements for both process should be submitted.
Deans must recommend a faculty member for hire with tenure at the rank of associate
professor or professor. Deans must also recommend a faculty member for hire at the
rank of professor without tenure. The memo will be sent in an electronic packet, including:
the candidate's CV, the tenure/rank votes from the unit’s tenure and promotion committee
(if tenure-track position), the department chair’s recommendation (if applicable)
and three letters of recommendation. The recommendation memo and electronic packet
should be submitted using the link below.
Please submit hiring with tenure files through the secure document submission link
For Administrative use only
The provost will review all materials provided in the electronic packet and submit
a recommendation to support the hire with tenure and/or at the rank of professor.
For tenure-track/tenured faculty candidates, the provost will forward her recommendation
to the president. The provost’s approval for clinical professor or research professor
The president will review all materials provided in the electronic packet. The president’s
approval is final for the rank of professor. For a hire with tenure, the president
will forward his recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees gives final approval for all positions offered with tenure.
An appointment letter for a hire with tenure contingent upon the trustees’ approval
can only be offered after the president has given his approval.