Independent Research

Research Faculty, Independent Research

Criteria for appointment and promotion; tenure-ineligible

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) and at least two years post doctoral training in an area of study appropriate to the duties detailed in the letter of offer.  A detailed position description or letter of offer with expectations is critical to establish criteria for promotion.

Associate Professor

Academic non-tenure-track faculty who hold professorial rank at the level of assistant professor or above are eligible for promotion upon completing the sixth year of their appointment.  A consistent record of excellence in the expectations outlined in the offer letter.

  • Research:  Recognition by scientific peers for original and independent investigation and by external funding.

Scholarship:  Sustained publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, in peer reviewed journals.

Reputation:  Leadership in local or regional scientific affairs by active and ongoing participation in symposia, professional society programs, and supported by letters from internal and external referees.

Professor

Academic non-tenure-track faculty who hold professorial rank at the level of assistant professor or above are eligible for promotion upon completing the sixth year of their appointment. A consistent record of excellence, the demonstration of substantial scholarship, and achievement of national/international recognition.

  • Research:  Recognition by peers as a premier investigator; continuation of productive, independent and original investigation and sustained external funding of competitive peer-reviewed research projects.

Scholarship:  Sustained publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, in peer-reviewed journals.

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