If a university is to perform its function effectively, it is essential that faculty members be free to express new ideas and divergent viewpoints in their teaching and scholarship. In the process of teaching and scholarship, accepted truths often must be challenged and questioned. A university must create an atmosphere that encourages faculty members to express ideas and divergent viewpoints, and to pursue inquiries. Such an atmosphere exists at The University of Texas at Arlington, and tenure is essential to this atmosphere.
The decision to grant tenure and/or to promote a faculty member is among the most vital that take place in a university. The excellence of a university and its reputation and standing among its peers are determined by the achievements of its faculty and graduates. Accordingly, the promotion of faculty members and the granting of tenure are based primarily on demonstrated performance in three areas of professional responsibility: (1) teaching; (2) scholarship; and (3) service to the institution and the profession.