Promotion to Clinical 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 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. 

Applicants must document Established Career Level in professional (clinical) service with Mid-Career Level achievements in either scholarship or teaching and Early Career Level in the remaining domain.

Established -Career Level in professional (clinical service)

Professional service at the Established Career Level requires demonstration of significant, prestigious activities at the national or international level such as:

  • active participation in professional medical organizations
  • recognition as national leader in area of clinical expertise
  • chair/leadership role on committee developing national standards in area of expertise
  • leadership role in national or international professional medical organization

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 earners.

Mid-Career Level in Research/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

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