Independent Research

Independent Research

Independent Research Track

Full Description of Tenure-Ineligible Track:
"Research Faculty / Independent Research"
(Criteria for Appointment and Promotion)

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) and at least two years post doctoral training in an area of study appropriate to the duties detailed in the letter of offer.  A detailed position description or letter of offer with expectations is critical to establish criteria for promotion.


Promotion requires service as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia for at least 5 years, with a consistent record of excellence in the expectations outlined in the Dean's letter of offer.

Research:  Recognition by scientific peers for original and independent investigation and by external funding.

Scholarship:  Sustained publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, in peer reviewed journals.

Reputation:  Leadership in local or regional scientific affairs by active and ongoing participation in symposia, professional society programs, and supported by letters from internal and external referees.


Promotion requires a minimum of five years as an Associate Professor with a consistent record of excellence, the demonstration of substantial scholarship, and achievement of national/international recognition.

Excellence in Research:  Recognition by peers as a premier investigator; continuation of productive, independent and original investigation and sustained external funding of competitive peer-reviewed research projects.

Scholarship:  Sustained publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, in peer-reviewed journals.

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