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


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

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

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

 Established-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.

Established Career Level in Teaching

Faculty members with significant teaching responsibilities or those for whom achievements in education are the principal basis of application for promotion to the rank of professor (Established Career Level) should demonstrate excellence in activities such as:

  • supervising or coordinating teaching by others (e.g. course director, residency program director)
  • developing a course, curricular materials, or evaluation resources/techniques that are used regionally or nationally
  • playing a major role in the organization, implementation and evaluation of a regional or national educational activity
  • supervising an educational program for a regional or national audience
  • writing or editing textbooks or equivalent resources adopted by other institutions
  • acting as an education consultant to national bodies or a reviewer for national grants in education
  • participation in developing national examinations, standards, or resources for medical education (including specialty-specific activities).

Mid-Career Level in Research Scholarship                   

The Mid-Career Level is 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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