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Process and steps of the tenure track

With the assignment of a tenure-track professorship, well-defined criteria for assessing suitability, aptitude and academic performance for the tenure evaluation are established and communicated to the applicants already during the job interview. A sample catalog is the basis to create these criteria. Considering the specifics of the respective discipline, the performance to be rendered during the temporary civil relationship or within the framework of the fixed-term employment relationship is defined.

In the case of a junior professorship (with or without tenure track), the appointment is initially for three years as a temporary civil servant. In the course of the third year, this status will be reviewed and may be extended for a further three years depending on performance. In the case of a W2 professorship with tenure track, the appointment is generally for a period of five years as a temporary civil servant.

At the end of the tenure phase at the latest, a permanent position in form of a W2/W3 professorship is possible, provided that the necessary aptitude, competence and academic performance have been demonstrated and that the legal requirements pertaining to Section 38 HG NRW are met.

During the interim evaluation, an elected evaluation committee assesses the suitability, aptitude and professional performance of the junior professor. The assessment is made in particular on the basis of research achievements, teaching achievements, social and leadership skills and commitment to academic self-administration. In the case of a junior professorship with tenure track, the assessment is always made with reference to the tenure track criteria. The evaluation committee records the successes to date with regard to the criteria and provides a reasoned assessment of the achievement of the tenure-track criteria within the next three years.

The interim evaluation is regulated in Section 21 of the Appointment Regulations of TU Dortmund University. The most important steps are summarized below:

  • The evaluation committee is formed no later than 9 months before the end of the three-year tenure track period.
  • The junior professor submits a self-report no later than 6 months before the end of the three-year employment relationship. A sample template for preparing the self-report is available in theServicePortal.
  • The committee obtains at least two external reviews.
  • Two courses of the junior professor are visited by the committee and the according student course evaluations (teaching evaluations) are then evaluated by the committee.
  • The committee conducts an evaluation interview with the junior professor.
  • On the basis of the documents and activities, the committee votes in a secret ballot on the recommendation of continued employment.
  • The chairperson of the committee writes an evaluation report based on these activities and the aforementioned documents. A sample template for the preparation of the evaluation report is available in the ServicePortal.

After the (five- or six-year) tenure phase, the decision on the transfer to a permanent professorship is made in an appointment procedure in which only the tenure-track professor is reviewed. The procedure starts at the request of the tenure-track candidate. The decision is based on the tenure-track criteria which were already defined when the tenure-track professorship was advertised.

The shortened appointment procedure is regulated by Section 19 of the Appointment Regulations of TU Dortmund University. The most important steps are summarized below:

  • The tenure-track candidate initiates the procedure by submitting an informal application.
  • The appointment committee is formed at least 9 months before the end of the five- or six-year period.
  • The tenure-track candidate submits his or her application.
  • The tenure-track candidate gives an application presentation and has an interview with the committee.
  • The committee decides in a secret ballot whether the candidate should be reviewed (based on the application documents, the application presentation and the interview).
  • The committee obtains at least two external reviews.
  • The committee decides on the appointment proposal in a secret ballot.
  • The chairperson of the committee writes a report (based on the activities and documents) explaining the appointment proposal; a template for the report can be found online in the ServicePortal.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

More detailed information can be found at the page campus-maps.

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