Faculty & Clinical Affairs

Alan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., Associate Dean
Albert F. Painter Jr., Psy.D., Assistant Dean

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Policy 3A: Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion for Fully Affiliated Faculty

Last Revision: November 2011, effective July 1, 2013

II. Associate Professor

The following criteria are those ordinarily expected for appointment or promotion to associate professor in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

For the academic rank of associate professor the candidate must have documented evidence of sustained and high quality performance that is recognized by peers in his/her field within the local community of scholars as well as at the state and regional levels.

The value of professional achievements may be documented by support letters from peers.

Criteria

1. Degree. Candidates must hold the terminal degree in their fields.

2. Certification. Physician faculty must have board certification in their specialties or sub specialties. Other faculty members shall be certified in their fields if such certification is available or applicable.

3. Time in previous rank. A minimum of five years at the assistant professor level is ordinarily required to demonstrate the sustained superior performance expected for appointment or advancement to associate professor.

4. Academic activity.

a. Investigators. Sustained and superior performance in research. Performance will be documented by having developed an independent research program, playing a leadership role in the development of a collaborative research effort, or having a sustained clinical research effort. This will combine activities in the middle and upper tiers of research and scholarship including:

  • a minimum of 5 articles in peer-reviewed journals or equivalent peer-reviewed repository from work done at WSU while at the rank of assistant professor. For publications on which the candidate is not the first author or senior author, the publications must represent reports of work in which the faculty member is the primary author or played a major role in the inception, design, and implementation of the research.
  • designation as principal investigator on extramural research grants, contracts or training grants.

Evidence of activity in education and service at least at the middle tier is also expected.

b. Educators. Sustained and superior performance in education and service. Performance will be documented through demonstrating major responsibility for education and service as well as significant impact from the nominee's efforts. This will be demonstrated through activity at the upper tiers of education and service including:

  • a minimum of 5 articles in peer-reviewed journals or equivalent peer-reviewed repository from work done at WSU while at the rank of assistant professor. For publications on which the candidate is not the first author or senior author, the publications must represent reports of work in which the faculty member is the primary author or played a major role in the inception, design, and implementation of the research.
  • outstanding teaching performance as documented by learner and peer evaluations and awards;
  • development of innovative educational and health care programs.

The candidate must have achieved broad recognition and respect by peers as a superior practitioner in the field.

5. Recognition by peers at the state, and regional level.  External letters of support from at least three peers should evaluate whether the candidate meets the School and department’s criteria for promotion.  The external evaluators should be experts in the field of the candidate and should hold at least the rank of associate professor, if they have an academic appointment.  These letters should not be testimonial in character and they should not be based on promotion criteria at the writers’ institutions. The writers should not be current or past collaborators, mentors or students of the candidate.  Educators should solicit letters from individuals who could speak toward competency and excellence in their health care discipline.


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