Track Criteria Prior to 2018

Effective March 15, 2018, the School of Medicine has updated the criteria for appointment and promotion on our seven faculty tracks.  These criteria will be applied for any P&T action initiated after March 15, 2018.  The prior criteria are listed below.

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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.

 

Clinical Educator

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

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) with successful completion of a postgraduate training program; ABMS board certification or equivalent (e.g. Royal College) or board eligibility in a clinical discipline or the equivalent for non-M.D. specialists; and a major commitment to teaching and clinical service.  Time allocation:  80% devoted to patient care and/or medical education and at least 20% for scholarly activity.

Associate Professor

ABMS Board certification required.

Documented excellence in one of the following domains:

  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through formal awards, the Academy of Distinguished Educators, local and regional invited lectures, and participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses.
  • Research:  Original investigation recognized by scientific peers and evidenced by external funding.

Scholarship: Original studies (preferably as first or corresponding author), clinical observations, case series or reviews in peer-reviewed journals; textbooks/chapters; and teaching materials.

Reputation: Local and regional reputation as an excellent clinician/consultant, clinical researcher or outstanding teacher supported by letters from internal and external referees.

The Award of Tenure

Documented excellence in two of the following domains:

  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of continued excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through formal awards, the Academy of Distinguished Educators, local and regional invited lectures, and participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses.
  • Research:  Original investigation recognized by scientific peers and evidenced by external funding.

Scholarship: Publications, preferably as first or corresponding author of original studies, clinical observations or reviews in peer-reviewed journals; chapters; and development of teaching materials for curricula.  Editorship of textbooks, monographs and curricula.

Reputation: Emerging national reputation as a clinician educator recognized as board examiner, editor invited lecturer and supported by letters from internal and external referees.

Professor

Sustained excellence in two of the following domains:

  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of continued excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through formal awards, the Academy of Distinguished Educators, local and regional invited lectures, and participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses.
  • Research:  Original investigation recognized by scientific peers, external funding and collaborative, interdisciplinary science.

Scholarship: Publication, preferably as first or corresponding author of original studies, clinical observations or reviews in peer-reviewed journals; chapters; and development of teaching materials for curricula.  Editorship of textbooks, monographs and curricula.

Reputation: Distinctive national or international recognition as evidenced by invited society memberships, participation in major society committees and programs, formal awards and major invited lectures, and supported by letters from internal and external referees.

 

Clinician Investigator

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

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) with successful completion of a post graduate training  program; AMBS board certification or board eligibility in a clinical discipline or the equivalent for non-MD specialties.  Time allocation:  a major commitment to research, represented by 50-80% protected time for research plus 20-50% allocated to teaching and/or clinical care.

Associate Professor

ABMS Board certification, or equivalent for non-MD specialties, is required

Documented excellence in research: Independent and original investigation recognized by scientific 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: Local and regional recognition for research contributions supported by letters from internal and external referees.

The Award of Tenure

Documented excellence in research plus a second domain.

  • Research: Independent and original investigation recognized by scientific peers; as evidenced by sustained external funding of investigator-initiated hypothesis-oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects as evidenced by an NIH-R0-1 or equivalent (AHA, ACS, NSF).
  • Patient care: Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through the Academy of Distinguished Educators, formal awards, peer review, local and regional invited lectures.

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

Reputation: Emerging national reputation for research contributions as a physician scientist supported by letters from external referees.  Service on study sections, editorial boards, and national societies.

Professor

Sustained excellence in research plus a second domain.

  • Research: Independent and original investigation recognized by scientific peers and sustained external funding  of investigator-initiated, hypothesis oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects (NIH, AHA, ACS, NSF).
  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of continued excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; by the Academy of Distinguished Educators, formal awards, local and regional invited lectures, and participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses.

Scholarship: Sustained publication, preferably as first or senior author, of substantive, original studies in peer reviewed journals.  Authorship of textbooks and monographs.

Reputation: National and international reputation as physician scientist recognized by study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, professional societies and governing boards and letters from external referees.

 

Clinical Faculty

Criteria for appointment and promotion; tenure-ineligible

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) with successful completion of a postgraduate training program; ABMS board certification or equivalent (e.g. Royal College) or board eligibility in a clinical discipline or the equivalent for non-M.D. specialists; credentialed by the Clinical Staff Office and a major commitment to teaching and clinical service.   A detailed position description or letter of offer with expectations is critical to evaluate for promotion.  Time allocation:  100% clinical activity and/or medical education.  Protected time for scholarly activity is not required.

Associate Professor

ABMS Board certification in primary specialty or discipline. 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. Sustained excellence in meeting expectations of the position statement.

Documented excellence in one of the following domains:

  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through the Academy of Distinguished Educators, formal awards, local and regional invited lectures, participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses and national teaching award.

Scholarship: Is encouraged but not required unless stated in the position statement. Original work, case reports, case series, and/or educational materials. Textbook author or editor. Scholarship of application and teaching should be documented.

Reputation: Regional reputation as an expert clinician, consultant and/or medical educator supported by letters from internal and external referees.

Professor

Board certified in primary specialty or discipline. 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.

Sustained excellence in one domain:

  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of continued excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through formal awards, the Academy of Distinguished Educators, local and regional invited lectures, and participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses.

Scholarship: Substantial scholarship is required.  Original work, case series, and/or educational materials.  Textbook author or editor.  Scholarship of application and teaching should be documented.

Reputation: Distinctive national recognition as evidenced by invited society memberships, participation in major society committees and programs, formal awards, major invited lectures and supported by letters from internal and external referees.

 

Instructional Faculty, Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Criteria for appointment and promotion; tenure-ineligible

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) with successful completion of a postgraduate training program if appropriate.  For clinicians, ABMS board certification or equivalent or board eligibility; credentialed by the Clinical Staff office and a major commitment to teaching and clinical service.  For non-clinicians, training in an area of study appropriate to the duties detailed in the letter of offer.  A detailed position statement or letter of offer with expectations is critical to establish criteria for promotion.

Associate Professor

If serving as a clinical preceptor, board certification in primary specialty or discipline required.

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. Sustained excellence in meeting expectations of the position statement.

Documented excellence in education:

  • Education: Sustained record of excellence in medical education, or medical education support activities, and the extent to which these activities contribute to the educational capabilities and enhancement at the University of Virginia.  Examples of activities demonstrating excellence include:
    • Superior teaching evaluations, documented over a period of five to eight years by standardized assessment measures
    • Documentation of activity as a role model or mentor (i.e., number of students advised); participation as Clinical Performance Development (CPD) small group leader, receipt of an outstanding preceptor award.
    • Participating in curriculum development, curriculum assessment, or curriculum modification.
    • Demonstration of style, effectiveness, knowledge, compassion, and other characteristics of an excellent practitioner.
    • Active participation on School of Medicine educational or curriculum committees; participation on a local, state, or national level in professional societies (i.e. program chair for a society); providing consultation, technical assistance, or program evaluation.

Scholarship: Encouraged but not required, unless stated in the position statement.  Scholarship of application and teaching should be documented, if applicable.

Reputation: Regional recognition as medical educator and supported by letters from internal and external referees.

Professor

If serving as a clinical preceptor, board certification in primary specialty or discipline is required.

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.

Documented excellence in education:

  • Education: Sustained record of excellence in medical education, or medical education support activities, and the extent to which these activities contribute to the educational capabilities and enhancement at the University of Virginia.  Examples of activities demonstrating excellence include:
    • Superior teaching evaluations, documented over a period of five to eight years by standardized assessment measures
    • Documentation of activity as a role model or mentor (i.e., number of students advised); participation as Clinical Performance Development (CPD) small group leader, receipt of an outstanding preceptor award.
    • Participating in curriculum development, curriculum assessment, or curriculum modification.
    • Demonstration of style, effectiveness, knowledge, compassion, and other characteristics of an excellent practitioner.
    • Active participation on School of Medicine educational or curriculum committees; participation on a local, state, or national level in professional societies (i.e. program chair for a society); providing consultation, technical assistance, or program evaluation.

Scholarship: Substantial scholarship is required.  Original work, case series, and/or educational materials.  Textbook author or editor.  Scholarship of application and teaching should be documented, if applicable.

Reputation: National and international reputation as an educator recognized by professional societies, editorial boards, governing boards, named lectureships, and supported by letters from internal and external referees.

 

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.

 

Research Faculty, Research Support

Criteria for appointment and promotion; tenure-ineligible

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) and at least two years of 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.   Consistent record of excellence in the expectations outlined in the offer letter.

  • Research:  Documented record of excellence in research, or in research support activities, as outlined in the letter of offer or position statement.

Scholarship:  Publication of original substantive work in peer reviewed journals is encouraged but not required unless stated in the position statement. Bibliography must  document the candidate’s contribution to middle authored papers.

Reputation:  Leadership in local, regional and national scientific affairs by active and ongoing participation in committee, program, and/or governing boards 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.  Consistent record of excellence, the demonstration of substantial scholarship, and achievement of national/international recognition.

  • Research:  Sustained record of excellence in research, or research support activities, and the extent to which these activities contribute to the research capabilities and enhancement at the University of Virginia .

Scholarship:  Substantial record of publication in peer-reviewed journals is required.  Editorship of textbooks, monographs.

Reputation:  National and international reputation as a scientist recognized by study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, professional societies, governing boards and supported by letters from internal and external referees.