Tenure and Tenure-Track

Appointment to a Tenured and Tenure-Track Position (Unmodified Title):

Appointments to a Tenure Track or to a Tenured position (unmodified title) are based upon the university-wide standard of recognition of excellence in research which places the faculty member amongst the select few leaders of his or her research discipline. Appointment to this track usually occurs at the time of hire and requires a level of research training prior to appointment such that the faculty would be prepared to seek independent, peer-reviewed research support. It is possible for faculty initially appointed in the “at CUMC” track to move to the unmodified track should their scholarly work fit within the framework of the research-intensive track.

Faculty in the tenure track are expected to develop an extramurally funded program of research that is internationally recognized within specific time limits set by the University. Such research should be original, creative, transformative, and it should substantively advance the discipline of the faculty member. It is expected that the nominee must be an outstanding scholar, placing that individual amongst the very top of scholars in his/her discipline.

For Health Sciences, there are two tenure clocks:

  • 8-year clock - For basic scientists or faculty without clinical responsibilities
  • 11-year clock - For clinician scientists who spend at least 20% of their time doing clinical work

Promotion Process For Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty

For additional details regarding the faculty of medicine appointments and promotion process, please visit the faculty affairs site.