Clinical Scholar Track reappointment, promotion and tenure help

This page will assist Associate Professors in the Clinical Scholar Track who seek promotion to Professor, and Associate Professors and Professors in the track who seek reappointment or tenure.

As you know, new appointments are no longer made in this track, and the number of Clinical Scholars is small.  Departments have increasingly little experience with the academic process for Clinical Scholars, so they (and you) should consult the Office of Academic Affairs for guidance as needed.

Official Statement of Requirements | Guidelines | Criteria (relevant to Clinical Scholars only with respect to tenure)

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.  You must be notified 6.5 months before the end of this term whether you will be reappointed.  Unless you are promoted or tenured, 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: If you are an associate professor, you may be recommended for promotion to full professor as soon as you qualify.  There is no regular time of year for considering such promotions.  Promotion to full professor is not required, and some associate professors never achieve it.

TENURE: You may be recommended for tenure as soon as you qualify and do so as either an associate or a full professor; the latter is more common.  Although there is no regular time of year for considering tenure, the Provost's Office prefers that its tenure reviews occur in November-December, which necessitates a departmental recommendation by late August.  Tenure 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
  • Unless you have no clinical duties, 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 scholarly contributions that warranted your last promotion, including peer-reviewed publications and grants activity.  Obviously the specific topics of the research may change with the agreement of your department or section.

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 Clinical Scholars 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 Clinical Scholar professors in leading programs elsewhere in the country, with indications that the candidate has become among the leading scholars in a significant field.
  • Unless you have no clinical duties, sufficient quality and productivity in contributions to our clinical mission, educational mission, and institutional citizenship, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'

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.

Criteria for tenure in a nutshell        [return to top-level ADVICE]
  • Official statement .  Although the Clinical Scholar track is not mentioned, the statement is applicable to it.
  • Outstanding body of scholarship is required.  See above statement  
  • Scholarship of such caliber may take the same form as that typical of faculty on the BSD track.  However, it may also create impactful knowledge that brings high distinction to the BSD in the clinical or educational arenas. This might include intellectual leadership in clinical trials that establish the standard of care, important scholarly contributions in education or curriculum development that have national/international impact, technical innovation (new procedures, treatments, or devices), or other paradigm-shifting advances. The quality and impact of these contributions will also be judged by the quality of the peer-reviewed publications that describe them.  Evidence of consistency (a track record of ongoing scholarship that is not episodic, one-time, or occasional) and sustainability, such as success in obtaining research funding, is necessary.  Comparisons of the body of work are made to the very best tenured clinician-scholars within peer programs in the specific specialty/discipline.  Scholarly productivity (as opposed to quality) should be commensurate with clinical and other responsibilities.
  • Note that the Provost will consider only one tenure recommendation for an individual; if it is not approved, the underlying appointment as a Clinical Scholar remains.  If tenure is approved, the appointment moves to the BSD track.

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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