Promotion for Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty

The Unmodified Tenure-Track/Tenured appointment requires a program of research that is nationally/internationally recognized to be amongst the best in the country as evidenced by publications in journals of highest impact, by continuous and incremental peer-reviewed competitive research funding, and by national/international acknowledgments of being amongst the leaders in the discipline.

Promotion Process for Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

At the four health science schools there are two tenure clocks: the 8-year clock for those without clinical responsibilities and the 11-year clock for those who spend at least 20% of their time in clinical work.

  • 8-year clock - Basic Scientists, non-clinical MD faculty
    • Tenure process should start in the last quarter of the 6th year. Tenure review completed by May 31st of the 7th year.
  • 11-year clock - Clinician Scientists doing at least 20% clinical work
    • Tenure process should start in the last quarter of 9th year. Tenure review completed by May 31st of the 10th year.

The promotion process for Tenure/Tenure-track faculty starts at hire or at the time of moving from the "At CUMC" track. A required review of research progress takes place in the fourth year of being on this track. A departmental review will take place in the last quarter of the 6th year for non-clinical faculty who are on the 8-year clock and in the last quarter of the 9th year for faculty on the 11-year clock.  After this point, the faculty member/tenure candidate is responsible for updating their  CV (in the CUMC CV format) as well as generating a research statement. All other materials involved in the tenure dossier are handled by the department and the Dean's Office. Once the dossier is complete, a departmental review will recommend advancement to the CUMC Committee on Appointments and Promotion (COAP) who will then make recommendations to the School Dean and the Executive Vice President of CUMC. Finally, the Tenure Review Advisory Committee (TRAC), a University-wide committee, will review and make recommendations to the Provost, the President, and the Trustees. A full timeline of the promotion process for tenure/tenure-track faculty is available. 

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

Criteria for Tenure/Tenure-Track

Review information on the criteria needed for advancement in the tenure or tenure-track unmodified title. 

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