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There are a wide range of activities that can be used as evidence of achievement at each level: download a checklist.

Appointment and promotion at UMMS requires excellence in the three mission areas:

  • Research Scholarly or Creative Activities
  • Education
  • Professional and Academic Service

Professional Service includes patient care and related activities plus services in professional organizations and public bodies that enhance the prestige of the School and University. Academic Service refers to activities that enhance the functioning of the academic community of the School and University such as participation in faculty governance, or service on task forces, working groups, or search committees (Academic Personnel Policy,Article 6.3). Examples of activities that are recognized for promotion in the three areas are listed in Table 2 of the Academic Personnel Policy.

Three levels of achievement in the missions are recognized:

  • Entry Level: corresponding to a local reputation for achievement
  • Established Level: corresponding to a regional reputation.
  • Senior Level: corresponding to a national and international reputation.

A candidate's scope of achievements will depend on their track and/or pathway:

  • Tenure Track: achievements in all three areas.
  • Non-Tenure Track: achievements in at least two areas.

See criteria for appointment or promotion to: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor.

Appointment or Promotion to Assistant Professor

Requires evidence of completed formal training:

Clinical faculty should be eligible for board certification.
Basic Science faculty should have completed 2 years postdoctoral research.
Nursing faculty should have 2 years experience teaching or equivalent.

Requires evidence of prior experience at Entry level achievement in one or more of research and scholarly activity, education, or professional and academic service (for examples of activities at Entry level see Table 3 of the Academic Personnel Policy or download a checklist of activities).

Appointment or Promotion to Associate Professor

Appointment or promotion to Associate Professor requires considerable academic or professional experience beyond the level required for the rank of Assistant Professor, including achievement at Established level in at least one mission area. Normally, candidates for promotion to Associate Professor have a minimum of 6 years of service at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent professional experience. Typical expectations for achievements in the mission areas depends on the candidate's pathway and track as shown below (see Table 4 of the Academic Personnel Policy; for examples of activities at Established level see Table 5 of the Academic Personnel Policy or download a checklist of activities).

Associate Professor (unmodified) Research Associate Professor Clinical Associate Professor
AssociateUnmod AssociateResearch AssociateClinical

Established level achievement in at least two areas and Entry level achievement in the other area.

Established level achievement in Research and Entry level achievement in at least one other area (Education or Service).

Established level achievement in Clinical / Professional Service and Entry level achievement in at least one other area (Research or Education).

Appointment or Promotion to Professor

Appointment or promotion to Professor requires a significant level of achievement well beyond the level required for rank of Associate Professor, including achievement at Senior Level in at least one mission area. Normally, candidates for promotion to Professor have a minimum of 12 years of service since appointment as Assistant Professor. Typical expectations for achievements in the mission areas depends on the candidate's pathway and track as shown below (see Table 4 of the Academic Personnel Policy; for examples of activities at Senior level see Table 6 of the Academic Personnel Policy or download a checklist of activities).

Professor (unmodified) Research Professor Clinical Professor
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Senior level achievement in at least one area,  Established level achievement in a second area, and at least Entry level achievement in the third.

Senior level achievement in Research and at least Entry level achievement in both other areas (Education and Service).

Senior level achievement in Clinical / Professional Service and at least Entry level achievement in both other areas (Research and Education).