Promotion to Associate Professor, Non-Tenure Clinical Educator Pathway

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 Associate Professor on the Non-Tenure Clinical Scholar Track - Clinician-Educator Pathway


Requires sustained contributions and achievements in all three domains with documentation of:

  1. Mid-Career Level in professional (clinical) service and, academic service.
  2. Mid-Career Level in teaching.
  3. Early Career Level research/scholarship

Mid-Career Level in Professional (clinical) Service

The Mid-Career Level in professional (clinical) 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

Mid-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 or the
  • organizational responsibility for student or resident organizations (including Academic Societies and specialty groups)
  • mentoring of learners or colleagues

At the Mid and Established Career Levels, evidence of leadership, initiative, and substantial contributions to the work of groups or conduct of an important facet of academic organization should be demonstrated.

Mid-Career Level in Teaching

Faculty members with more significant teaching responsibilities or experience 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.

Early Career Level in Scholarship and Research

The Early Career Level in scholarship and research 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

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