This document specifies standards and procedures for Promotion and Tenure within the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies. The goal of the Promotion and Tenure process is to document and recognize excellence and to support academic freedom. Through the promotion and tenure process, the University makes a commitment to faculty members who have demonstrated excellence, and this commitment affords the opportunity to engage in scholarly activities requiring greater investment of time and risk but also the potential for more significant impact and outcomes. Promotion and tenure supports scholarship that could not take place without such an investment and commitment. Because of the magnitude of the commitment of promotion and tenure, the standards for promotion and tenure provide guidelines for evaluating excellence, and for evaluating the probability of continuing excellence beyond the granting of promotion and tenure.