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Recruitment and Appointment

Faculty recruitment and selection is initiated by the chair of the involved department or other hiring authority with the approval of the dean. Department chairs should establish a diverse search committee to review all candidates and make a recommendation to the Department Chair/hiring authority. Search committees are responsible for complying with the university’s recruitment and selection policy and procedures, including complying with Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination, and avoiding potential conflicts of interest in evaluating and selecting faculty candidates.

Appointments to the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor shall be made only in the Non-Tenure Track and within academic departments in the School of Medicine. Joint appointments made in two or more academic departments or schools shall be at the same rank.

Individuals appointed in the SOM are expected to hold a terminal degree (e.g., M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent). In rare cases, individuals who do not hold an M.D., Ph.D, or D.O. degree may, upon approval by the Dean or her/his proxy be approved for appointment.

Physicians who have an active clinical practice must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited (or equivalent) postdoctoral training program to be eligible for appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. Additionally, to qualify for faculty appointment, physicians who have an active clinical practice, must have and maintain a current and unrestricted license. Faculty who are no longer practicing clinically, and whose roles with the school does not include supervision of clinical training of medical students are exempted from the requirements.

All School of Medicine Faculty are appointed into the Non-Tenure Track.

Ranks:    Assistant Professor  |  Associate Professor  |  Professor
Appointments to the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor shall be made only in the Non-Tenure Track and within academic departments in the School of Medicine.

Assistant Professor
Appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor, shall be based on demonstrated commitment to the mission of the School of Medicine. Assistant Professors will be provided renewable three (3)-year appointments with the expectation that such faculty members will be brought before the SOM A&P Committee by the end of their sixth year (second term) for consideration for advancement to Associate Professor. It is expected that Assistant Professors will demonstrate the potential and commitment to develop excellence in their primary Area of Accomplishment, along with potential and commitment to contribute to the other supporting Areas of Accomplishment to be considered for promotion.

Associate Professor 
Faculty appointed to the rank of Associate Professor must meet the criteria for appointment at Assistant Professor and recommendation for appointment/promotion shall be based on demonstrated commitment to the mission of the School of Medicine, including:

  1. Service as Assistant Professor at the SOM (or other academic institution) for a minimum of six (6) years; and
  2. Meet the expectations for the chosen primary and where applicable supporting Area(s) of Accomplishment (i.e., Education, Investigation, Community Engagement, Clinical Improvement and Innovation; or Service/Administration).

Professor
Faculty appointed to the rank of Professor must meet the criteria for appointment at Associate Professor and recommendation for appointment/promotion shall be based on demonstrated commitment to the mission of the School of Medicine, including:

  • Service as Associate Professor at the SOM (or other academic institution) for a minimum of six (6) years;
  • A cumulative record of sustained scholarly contributions, including the development of a body of work that has changed practice, understanding, process, or methods in the field

The Professor’s combined record must demonstrate overall excellence in contributions to the missions of the department, school and university.

School of Medicine Academic Areas of Accomplishment 
The School of Medicine is committed to developing a community of scholars who are committed to education, delivering and improving excellent patient care, translational research, and service to the community. To this end, the School of Medicine Guidelines for Faculty Appointment, Reappointment, and Promotion, are aligned with the mission and vision of the School of Medicine.

To ensure that our faculty are recognized for their unique and diverse contributions, the School has identified five (5) Areas of Accomplishment:

  1. Education
  2. Investigation
  3. Clinical Innovation and Improvement
  4. Service/Administration
  5. Community and Engagement

Overview of the School of Medicine Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion: Applying the Areas of Accomplishment

For more information refer to the School of Medicine Guidelines for Appointment, Reappointment, and Promotion

Faculty Reviews

Annual Faculty Appraisal
All full-time and part-time salaried or FTE contracted (TRA) faculty members shall be evaluated annually by their department chair. The department chair will initiate the annual review, providing expectations for each faculty member.

The annual review includes the self-assessment and department chair review of the annual faculty review portfolio, which includes a summary and assessment of the following areas:

  • Student evaluation of faculty teaching
  • Evaluation of effectiveness in curricular leadership (if applicable) by the Assistant Dean for Curriculum
  • Research and/or scholarly activity, including publications
  • Contributions to the academic mission of the school via the faculty members declared primary Area of Accomplishment
  • Service and administrative contributions to the academic community

Triennial Review of Appointment
All School of Medicine faculty appointments are formally reviewed through the Triennial Review of Faculty Policy.

  • Assessment of teaching, including review of the most recent three years of student evaluation of teaching
  • Evaluation of effectiveness in educational leadership (if applicable) by the Assistant Dean for Curriculum
  • Contributions to scholarship in the primary Area of Accomplishment
  • Contributions to the academic mission of the school via the faculty members declared primary Area of Accomplishment

Faculty Review Document Library 
Annual Faculty Appraisal preparation and instructions

Faculty Promotions 
Typically, faculty will have completed six (6) years in previous rank before being put forward for promotion. However, time in rank, in and of itself does not justify promotion. School of Medicine faculty members may become eligible for promotion to higher rank when they demonstrate sustained contributions and demonstrated scholarship in two or more Areas of Accomplishment. Time in rank, in and of itself, will not qualify non-tenure track faculty members for promotion. The criteria for faculty promotion in the School of Medicine are consistent with relevant portions of the University Faculty Bylaws, applicable policies, and procedures. Promotion criteria are intended as guidelines to be used in conjunction with university policies. Promotion to associate professor generally requires sustained contributions in at least two of the Areas of Accomplishment.

Promotion Document Library 
Checklist for faculty promotion dossier preparation
Dossier Format and Instructions
School of Medicine Annotated CV template
Department Chair letter (template)
Teaching Portfolio examples
Community Engagement Portfolio examples

Promotion Faculty Development Events

School of Medicine Guidelines for Appointment, Reappointment and Promotion 

Schedule a Career Development Consultation 
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development provides all faculty with the opportunity for a Career Development Consultation. The Career Development Consultation is a brief meeting in which a faculty consultant assists participant with targeted guidance around career goals and plans. To arrange a consultation regarding your academic career, contact Jacquelyn May, Director of Faculty Affairs, at Jacquelyn.may@fwmdschool.org