I am an assistant professor who went up for tenure, got a negative vote in my department and then a positive vote at the university level committee. I have asked a number of people who have been in academia for decades, and no one has seen my exact situation. I am unsure of what will be the eventual outcome. I am wondering if anyone has seen a situation like my own, and what ended up happening?
To put things in context, I have a solid number of pubs, some small grants, good to excellent teaching and outstanding service. I have had some difficult interactions with some of my colleagues, mostly because I called attention to racism and reported unethical behaviors in the past to leadership at the school.
Addendum - The school’s procedural policy seems to be that the decision now goes to the provost. There does not seem to be any explicit school policy on what would be the outcome. My understanding is that the previous votes are advisory to the provost. If it helps, all my external letters were good. 3 of the 6 explicitly stated I should get tenure.
This seems like an uncommon situation. Has anyone seen a situation like my own? What was the eventual outcome?