Academic Investigator

Academic Investigator

Full Description of Tenure-Eligible Track: "Academic Investigator"
(Criteria for Appointment, Promotion, and the Award of Tenure)

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR:

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) and two years of post doctoral training, with a major commitment to independent investigation.  Time allocation:  at least 80% research and the remainder teaching.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR:

Documented Excellence in research: Independent and original investigation recognized by peers and by external funding of investigator-initiated hypothesis-oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects.  Specific examples include NIH-K08, NIH R01, AHA, ACS, NSF.

Scholarship: Publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, of original substantive work in peer-reviewed journals.

Reputation: Leadership in local or regional scientific affairs.  Emerging national reputation for research accomplishments supported by letters from external referees.

THE AWARD OF TENURE:

Documented Excellence in research and education:

  • Research:  Independent original research with recognition by peers and sustained external funding as principal investigator (renewal of a NIH-R01, second NIH-R01 or the award of a project in a PPG, NSF, AHA, ACS).
  • Education: Excellence in training, teaching and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows and colleagues.

Scholarship: Sustained publication, preferably as first or senior author, of original substantive work in peer-reviewed journals of high impact.

Reputation: National and international recognition for research contributions supported by letters from external referees, service on study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, leadership in professional societies and governing boards.

FULL PROFESSOR:

Sustained excellence in research and education:

  • Research:  National/international recognition by peers as premier investigator, continuation of original investigation as evidenced by sustained external funding.
  • Education:  Directorship or development of major courses.  Sustained excellence in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Scholarship: Sustained publication of important, innovative and original studies; authorship/editorship of textbooks, monographs.

Reputation: National and international recognition for research contributions supported by letters from external referees, service on study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, leadership in professional societies and governing boards.