Promotion to Associate Professor and/or Tenure

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 abridged 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 Associate Professor and/or Tenure


Tenure Track Guidelines (including Mid-Cycle Comprehensive Review)

Proficiency and contributions must be demonstrated in all three academic domains with documentation of attainment of at least:

  • Mid-Career Level in teaching
  • Mid-Career Level research/scholarship.
  • Early-Career Level in Professional and Academic Service

Mid-Career Level in Teaching

Should demonstrate proficiency in activities such as:

  • developing and participating in teaching of major components of courses (medical student, graduate student, resident, fellow or CME courses)
  • supervising graduate students and participating on dissertation committees
  • sustained and substantial teaching in patient care settings
  • developing significant educational and curricular materials (e.g. syllabi, curricular objectives, teaching cases, software)
  • developing significant evaluation techniques (e.g. examinations, surveys, software, standardized patients)
  • advising, mentoring and/or providing career guidance to significant numbers of learners.

Mid-Career Level in Research and Scholarship

Evidenced by a portfolio of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly materials demonstrating expertise in a defined field of study. These materials include but are not limited to:

  • clinical, educational, policy and/or basic science research publications in peer-reviewed journals and equivalent formats (senior author)
  • extramural grants or contracts (principal investigator)
  • patents or other evidence of acceptance of devices or procedures
  • developing local or regional clinical guidelines and/or membership of group developing national guidelines or equivalent activity
  • developing local or regional health policy and/or membership of group developing national policy
  • provision of reviews or ad hoc editorial services to professional publications
  • authorship of book chapters, monographs, and other publications or electronic formats on topics in medicine or the related sciences

Early Career Level in Professional Service

Expectations for professional service at the Early Career Level include:

  • clinical competence and demonstrated potential for excellence in area of expertise
  • contributions to collaborative team efforts in clinical, public health or scientific activities
  • local consulting in area of expertise
  • participation on clinically related committees of the School of Medicine and related organizations/institutions
  • advisor/expert consultant to state government and regional organizations

Early Career Level in Academic Service

Examples of Academic Service include but are not limited to:

  • responsibility for scientific program
  • scientific consulting on a national or international basis
  • review of manuscripts for professional journals and books
  • member of an editorial board of a major scientific publication
  • service on a national committee, study section or advisory group that substantially impacts health/scientific issues
  • participation/leadership of professional organizations
  • activities related to faculty governance
  • service on task forces, committees and other groups of the School of Medicine and the university
  • administrative responsibilities for departments, units
  • organizational responsibility for student or resident organizations (including Academic Societies and specialty groups)
  • mentoring of learners or colleagues

In Academic Service, the Early Career Level is demonstrated by active participation in the listed activities. Promotion to associate professor with tenure is awarded to individuals whose career progress shows potential for eventual attainment of professorial rank.

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