Promotion to Professor with Tenure for Clinicians

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 with Tenure - Clinicians


Tenure Track Guidelines (including Mid-Cycle Comprehensive Review)

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

  1. Established-career level in the two domains most appropriate to the role of the individual  (see below)
  2. Mid-career level in the remaining domain. (see below)
  3. National or international recognition of expertise is required Ascertained through letters of reference

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 either Teaching OR Research/Scholarship Activities

Established Career Level in Teaching  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).  

Established Career Level in Research/Scholarship

At the Established Career Level, evidence is expected of national or international recognition for scholarship in terms of a significant portfolio of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly materials demonstrating major contributions to a field of study. This evidence could include:  

  • substantial and significant published papers in medicine or the related sciences
  • authorship of major books or other text or electronic formats relevant to medicine and the related sciences
  • invited presentations to prestigious gatherings
  • regular oral or poster presentations at prestigious (competitive) national conferences
  • consistent success in obtaining extramural grants or contracts that are peer-reviewed and depend on scientific excellence.
  • significant contributions to the development of other scholars and researchers
  • contributing editor or regular writer for a major scientific publication

Mid-Career Level in Teaching OR Research/Scholarship

Mid-Career Level in Teaching

Faculty members with more significant teaching responsibilities or experience (Mid-Career Level) 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.

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:

Mid-Career Level in Research/Scholarship

  • 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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