Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

How does the tenure evaluation work?

  1. Initiation: The tenure evaluation procedure is initiated at the request of the candidate at the latest 15 months before the termination of the fixed-term contractual relationship.
  2. Tenure commission: The faculty board appoints a tenure commission. One half is composed of professors from the respective faculty, the other from another faculty, plus at least one external member. The tenure commission examines whether the agreed assignments and related responsibilities have been met in all five categories. To this end, the tenure commission seeks expert opinions from three outstanding internationally acclaimed professors. Provided if necessary, given the focus of the professorship, these professors must in addition be external and from a different country.
  3. The tenure commission discusses with the candidate the progress made within the scope of the tenure professorship and the assignments that were fulfilled. It then draws up a written report, which either recommends a transition to the envisaged lifelong professorship or the termination of the tenure procedure.
  4. Resolution: On the basis of the tenure commission’s written report, the faculty board passes a resolution on appointing the candidate to a professorship with a lifelong civil service contract or with a permanent contract respectively.
  5. Opinion of the tenure board: Immediately upon the faculty board’s resolution, the tenure board receives the documents of the appointment procedure. It examines the plausibility of the resolution and checks whether the evaluation was carried out exclusively on the basis of the agreed achievements. The tenure board submits a written recommendation for the implementation of the resolution. On the basis of this recommendation, the president may return the procedure to the faculty for a renewed consultation and resolution.
  6. Decision: In the case of a positive decision, the procedure for the lifelong appointment is initiated.