Academic Investigator

Academic Investigator

Criteria for appointment, promotion, and the award of tenure; tenure-eligible

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) and at least two years of post-doctoral training, with a major commitment to independent investigation. Time allocation: a majority of effort in research, with a balance in teaching and service.

Associate Professor

Documented excellence in research:

  • Research: Excellence may be achieved as an independent investigator (1); and/or a team/collaborative scientist (2)
    • 1. Independent and original investigation recognized by peers and by external funding as Principal Investigator (PI) or Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) of investigator-initiated hypothesis-oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects funded by federal or national agencies such as NIH-K awards, R01, or R21, AHA, ACS, or NSF grants.
    • 2. Substantial and critical contributions in team or collaborative science projects (with funded effort on external grants). Development of intellectual property is also recognized.

Scholarship: Publication, preferably as first or corresponding author of original substantive work in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals. For team science, publications as middle author with significant contribution in collaborative projects are also recognized. Award of patents.

Reputation: Leadership in local or regional scientific affairs. Emerging national reputation for research accomplishments supported by letters from external referees.

Service: Contribution in service to the department, School of Medicine, Health System, University, community and/or to professional boards and organizations.

The Award of Tenure

Documented excellence in research and education:

  • Research: Excellence may be achieved as an independent investigator (1); and/or a team/collaborative scientist (2)
    • 1. Independent and original investigation recognized by peers and sustained external funding as PI or MPI with substantial effort and funding (for example, the renewal or award of a second NIH, NSF, AHA, ACS or other national level grant, including the award of a project in a Program Project Grant).
    • 2. Significant and critical contributions in team or collaborative science projects recognized by peers (with substantial funded effort) on external grants. Development of intellectual property is also recognized.
  • Education: Excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical or graduate students, residents, clinical or postdoctoral research fellows or colleagues; as evidenced by teaching evaluations and recognition through formal awards, election to honorary societies, invited lectures and symposia, and participation in national level workshops, professional society programs and courses.

Scholarship: Sustained publication, preferably as first or senior author of original substantive work in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. For team science, publications as middle author with significant contribution in collaborative projects are also recognized. Award of patents.

Reputation: Emerging national and international reputation for research contributions supported by letters from external referees, and as indicated by invited lectureships, service on grant review panels, editorial boards of journals recognized in the faculty member’s field, or national/international advising boards, or leadership in professional society governing boards.

Service: Contribution in service to the department, School of Medicine, Health System, University, community and/or to professional boards and organizations.

Professor

Sustained excellence in research and education:

  • Research: Excellence may be achieved as an independent investigator (1); and/or a team/collaborative scientist (2)
    • 1. National/international recognition by peers as a premier investigator; continued original investigation, as evidenced by sustained external funding.
    • 2. Continued substantial and critical contributions in team or collaborative science projects and development of intellectual property are also recognized.
  • Education: Sustained excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical or graduate students, residents, clinical or postdoctoral research fellows or colleagues; as evidenced by teaching evaluations and recognition through formal awards, election to honorary societies, invited lectures and symposia, and leadership of national level workshops, professional society programs and courses.

Scholarship: Sustained publication of important, innovative and original studies in peer-reviewed journals; authorship/editorship of textbooks, monographs and award of patents. For team science, publications as middle author with significant contribution in collaborative projects are also recognized.

Reputation: Established national and international reputation for research contributions supported by letters from external referees, and as indicated by invited lectureships, service on grant review panels, editorial boards of journals recognized in the faculty member’s field, or national/international advising boards, or leadership in professional society governing boards.

Service: Contribution in service to the department, School of Medicine, Health System, University, community and/or to professional boards and organizations.