Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor, Non-Tenure Clinical Track

The KU School of Medicine provides the faculty with numerous online resources regarding Promotion and Tenure (P&T). The purpose of this section is to provide an abridged version of the documents found online so that a faculty member can see at a glance the highlights of expectations detailed in the official SOM guidelines document for promotion from their current Rank and Track. This abridge version is offered as a helpful tool for planning ahead, however when a faculty member is in the process of submitting their information and going up for promotion (with or without tenure), it is imperative that the official Guidelines For Academic Promotion and the Award of Tenure document, as well as the SOM Promotion and Tenure website are followed closely as they are the definitive resources.

The Abridged Edition: Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor on the Non-Tenure Clinical Track

While faculty members on this track participate in teaching and other activities as part of clinical service, their focus is to provide exemplary clinical service to the institution and to promote the reputation of KUMC for clinical services.  They participate in education when learners are assigned to their clinical services, but their teaching responsibilities are primarily as role models - these faculty members are not expected to have significant responsibility for course administration or didactic instruction.   Similarly they may participate in scholarship derived from clinical practice such as preparing case reports or clinical reviews or participating in clinical trials or other research projects. 

Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor on Clinical Track --  Applicants must document attainment of Mid-Career Level in professional (clinical) service, plus Early Career Level in either teaching or scholarship.

Mid-Career Level in Professional Service is determined by regional reputation for excellence for example:

  • consulting on a regional basis
  • awards and other recognition as an outstanding regional clinician
  • responsibility for a clinical program
  • leadership role in appropriate committees or groups related to clinical services or research such as IRB
  • leadership role/chair of major committees of professional medical organizations on a regional basis spokesperson for the School of Medicine or University on areas of expertise 

Early Career Level Teaching: 

Should document competency in activities such as: 

  • lecturing to medical and/or graduate students, residents, fellows, and peers
  • instructing during laboratory or similar experiential learning activities
  • teaching in patient care environments, including conducting teaching rounds
  • facilitating and teaching in small group formats
  • participating in supervision and individualized teaching of graduate students
  • presenting patient conferences, grand rounds, and similar sessions
  • assisting with journal clubs
  • advising individual students and learners


Early Career Level in Reserach/Scholarship: 

Establishes initial achievements appropriate to the field of expertise/study including but not limited to:

  • publications concerning clinical or basic science research (evidence of significant contribution to publications)
  • presentation (verbal or poster) of study results to local audiences
  • evidence of application as principal investigator for locally or regionally-funded studies or contracts
  • co-investigator status on major grants or projects
  • publication of case reports and review articles on clinical and scientific topics.
  • involvement in the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical guidelines locally or regionally for a local, state or federal organization.
  • contribution to policy development for the Institution or a local agency
  • contribution to State or other policy as a member of an expert team  

Last modified: Aug 01, 2012