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

I. Professor

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

For the academic rank of professor the candidate must have documented evidence of sustained and high performance that is recognized by peers in his/her field at the national level.

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 associate professor level is ordinarily required to demonstrate the sustained superior performance expected for appointment or advancement to professor.

4. Academic activity.

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

  • a minimum of 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals or equivalent peer-reviewed repository, the majority published while at the rank of associate professor and reflecting ongoing and significant contribution to scholarly efforts. 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.
  • a sustained record of extramural funding through research grants, contracts or training grants.

Evidence of activity in education and service at least at the middle tier is 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 combine activities at the upper tiers of education and service including:

  • a minimum of 15 articles from peer-reviewed journals or equivalent peer-reviewed repository, the majority published while at the rank of associate professor and reflecting ongoing scholarly efforts. 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, implementation and evaluation of innovative educational and clinical programs.

The candidate must have achieved broad recognition and respect by peers as providing superior education and service in the field. The candidate must have achieved broad recognition and respect by peers as a superior clinician, when applicable.

5. Recognition by peers at the national 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 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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