Associate Professor SOM Track Promotion HELP

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

Official Statement of Requirements | Guidelines | Criteria

Official compendium of model CV and other materials to be used

ADVICE

Timetable and deadlines     [return to top-level ADVICE]

REAPPOINTMENT.  The most common term is 5 years and ends 30 June.  We aspire to notify a year in advance of the end of this term whether you will be reappointed.  Unless you are promoted, your reappointment materials will ordinarily be due in your departmental office in advance of the department recommendation, which is due before late April (if your end date is 30 June) of the final year of your term.  Check with your departmental office to see when they need the materials to meet the BSD deadline.  

PROMOTION: You may be recommended for promotion to full professor as soon as you qualify.  Departments vary in how they decide if you are ready to be promoted; find your own department's process HERE.  Promotion to full professor is not required, and some associate professors never achieve it.

The following figure indicates typical times from promotion to associate professor to promotion to full professor:

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That is, promotions are rare before 3 years as an associate professor, peak at 5 years post promotion, and are rare after 10 years post promotion.


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'
  • Continuation of the level of contributions that warranted your promotion to associate professor.  These typically include scholarly activity that is commensurate with your job description.  There is no need to continue these contributions in kind, however; you may make different contributions if your interests change and your department and BSD agree, or if institutional needs change.

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 associate 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
  • Outstanding body of contributions significantly beyond or different from those  that warranted the associate professorship, with high likelihood of continuation  
  • Stature comparable to that of recently-promoted professors in leading programs elsewhere in the country, with indications that the candidate has become among the leading figures in a significant field.
  • Sufficient quality and productivity in contributions to our clinical mission, educational mission, and institutional citizenship, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'

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 domain(s) that makes sense for the institution and leverages the candidate's interests and abilities.  Furthermore, if your 'job description' intentionally excludes external stature-promoting activity, which is rare, you may be promoted on the basis of performing YOUR job description outstandingly well.

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 or promote associate professors even if they meet the above requirements.


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