Assistant Professor SOM Track Promotion HELP

This page will assist Assistant Professors in the SOM Track who seek promotion to Associate Professor

Official Statement of Requirements | Guidelines | Criteria

One-page summary/checklist

Official compendium of model CV and other materials to be used

Information for beginning assistant professors

ADVICE

Timetable and deadlines     [return to top-level ADVICE]

Each term of appointment as assistant professor is ordinarily ~4 years and ends 30 June.  For those beginning July-December, the first term is shortened accordingly and for those beginning January-June the first term is lengthened accordingly. Often in the Department of Pediatrics and sometimes in other departments, the first term may be shorter.  If so, this will have been specified in the letter you signed to accept your position.

You may be REAPPOINTED as assistant professor without a change in rank.  If so, your reappointment materials will ordinarily be due in your departmental or section office midway through your third year, and we aspire to notify you regarding reappointment by the end of your third year; i.e., a full year before the end of your term.

You may be REAPPOINTED indefinitely without being promoted; there is no upper limit to the number of terms as assistant professor.  However, it is anticipated that in the majority of cases promotion to associate professor will occur 6-7 years after appointment as assistant professor, and expected that the Department/Section will provide career guidance to facilitate promotion in a timely fashion.  In other words, if you cannot or will not advance in rank, your department may decide not to reappoint you.

You may be PROMOTED to associate professor SOM as soon as you meet the expectations for promotion. This need not coincide with the end of a term as assistant professor (but often coincides with the end of the second 4-year term).  Promotion materials are due ~4-6 months in advance of the anticipated promotion date; your department/section will tell you when.

The following figure indicates the recent timing for promotion:

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Criteria for reappointment in a nutshell        [return to top-level ADVICE]
  • Complete and official statement is at Official Statement of Requirements | Guidelines | Criteria
  • Sufficient quality and productivity in the performance of your clinical duties, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'
  • Sufficient quality and productivity in contributions to our educational mission and institutional citizenship, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'
  • Other contributions that establish you as 'on track' for timely promotion.  See Promotion in a nutshell below.  These typically include scholarly activity that is commensurate with your job description.
  • A thorough and explicit career development plan that will suffice for promotion in due course.

Obviously the above are mainly judgments made by your departmental faculty colleagues, for whom your chair or chief is the spokesperson.  For that reason you should meet regularly with your chair, chief, departmental go-to person, and/or mentor(s) for insight into your progress and career advice.

There is no obligation to reappoint assistant professors even if they meet the above requirements.


Criteria for promotion in a nutshell       [return to top-level ADVICE]
  • Complete and official statement is at Official Statement of Requirements | Guidelines | Criteria
  • Expectations for those with clinical responsibilities WHO WILL ADVANCE MAINLY THROUGH PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS   [These do not apply to all SOM track assistant professors.]
  • Sufficient quality and productivity in the performance of your clinical duties, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'
  • Sufficient quality and productivity in contributions to our educational mission and institutional citizenship, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'
  • An outstanding body of contributions to our missions, comparable to those of recently-promoted associate professors SOM here and at leading programs elsewhere in the country.   These typically include scholarly activity that is commensurate with your job description.  These contributions typically:
    • Enhance our distinction as a leading academic health center
    • Are coherent or have a recognizable theme (vs. a hodgepodge of unrelated contributions)
    • Are special in some way (creative, innovative, of unusual size, audacious, non-routine, masterful, etc.)
    • Have gone beyond what is required without a change in rank
    • Represent (a) achievement of a goal articulated in advance OR satisfaction of a significant institutional need OR (c) becoming the institutional expert or 'go-to person' on a topic of institutional significance.

Note that this description of the expected body of contributions is silent with respect to mission domains (education, patient care, scholarship).   Candidates and their departments/sections have the freedom to choose a prospective body of contributions to one/some all mission domains that makes sense for the institution and leverages the candidate's interests and abilities.  Furthermore, if your 'job description' intentionally excludes such activity, which is rare, you may be promoted on the basis of performing YOUR job description outstandingly well.

You may view a sample of the checklist we use in promotion deliberations HERE.

Obviously the above are mainly judgments made by your departmental faculty colleagues, for whom your chair or chief is the spokesperson.  For that reason you should meet regularly with your chair, chief, departmental go-to person, and/or mentor(s) for insight into your progress and career advice.

You may in principle receive TENURE, in which case you would switch to the BSD track.  Tenure is in relation to outstanding scholarly accomplishment.  In recent years, however, conferral of tenure on those outside the BSD track has happened at the rank of full professor.

There is no obligation to reappoint or promote assistant professors even if they meet the above requirements.


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