HKU adopts a rigorous process in deciding promotion and tenure of its professoriate staff. The offer of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor is awarded to staff who have "demonstrated excellence and contribution in the three areas of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and University and community service". A minimum of six external assessments from assessors at arm's length is normally required for each candidate's application. The entire process can take up to a year's time. The offer is approved by the President and Vice-Chancellor, on recommendation of the University Selection and Promotion Committee, the Faculty Promotion and Tenure Panel, and the relevant Department.
Congratulations to Ji Lian Yap (commercial law), Weixia Gu (arbitration, mediation), Cora Chan (public law, judicial review), Haochen Sun (intellectual property, legal theory), and Kelley Loper (refugee law, human rights). For the recent scholarship of these new Associate Professors, click on their names in the right sidebar of this blog.