COVID-19 is affecting many parts of the academic process, including shifting entire courses to online environments, adjusting research programs and the process of tenure. Tenure track faculty must engage in research, teaching and service, and the amount of time spent in each activity varies by institution type. Committees of senior faculty at department, college and university levels evaluate junior faculty members’ portfolios to determine whether they will be promoted and offered tenure, meaning they have a long-term contract with their institution. Typically, assistant professors become associate professors within 5 to 6 years. Post-tenure faculty can become full professors as early as 2 years or may remain associate professors for their entire career.