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 two years of post doctoral training, with a major commitment to independent investigation.  Time allocation:  at least 80% research and the remainder teaching.

Associate Professor

Documented Excellence in research: Independent and original investigation recognized by peers and by external funding of investigator-initiated hypothesis-oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects.  Specific examples include NIH-K08, NIH R01, AHA, ACS, NSF.

Scholarship: Publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, of original substantive work in peer-reviewed journals.

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

The Award of Tenure

Documented excellence in research and education:

  • Research:  Independent original research with recognition by peers and sustained external funding as principal investigator (renewal of a NIH-R01, second NIH-R01 or the award of a project in a PPG, NSF, AHA, ACS).
  • Education: Excellence in training, teaching and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows and colleagues.

Scholarship: Sustained publication, preferably as first or senior author, of original substantive work in peer-reviewed journals of high impact.

Reputation: National and international recognition for research contributions supported by letters from external referees, service on study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, leadership in professional societies and governing boards.

Professor

Sustained excellence in research and education:

  • Research:  National/international recognition by peers as premier investigator, continuation of original investigation as evidenced by sustained external funding.
  • Education:  Directorship or development of major courses.  Sustained excellence in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Scholarship: Sustained publication of important, innovative and original studies; authorship/editorship of textbooks, monographs.

Reputation: National and international recognition for research contributions supported by letters from external referees, service on study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, leadership in professional societies and governing boards.