Academic Appointments and Promotion

Columbia University Medical Center expects faculty distinction in each of the core mission elements that define excellence as an academic health center: research that includes the most basic discovery to the broadest population-based interventions; innovative education that attracts the top students and trainees and that lays the foundations for lifelong learning; and clinical care/public health interventions that offer extraordinary care to patients and improves the health of populations. Moreover, each of these mission elements has multiple dimensions which singly or in combination might form the focus for faculty careers.

The academic track system creates a framework for faculty and academic units to define, recognize and reward work done by the faculty at the four health sciences schools. Because the scholarly products may vary by the academic area of focus, the system defines scholarly products expected from faculty, as well as measures of recognition of faculty accomplishments that would lead to promotion in academic rank for each area of focus. It is the intention that faculty may use these documents to strategically plan productive, successful, and satisfying careers at CUMC.