Factors Considered by Review Committees in Assessing Scholarship
Evaluation of Scholarship in the Medical Center Line
The professional judgment of those assessing the case of reappointment or promotion – from departmental evaluation committees to School review committees to the Dean and Provost – is the critical factor in determining whether the faculty member’s accomplishments meet or surpass the standard of excellence in the overall mix of performance.
In forming their judgment about the candidate’s scholarship, review committee members will take into consideration the candidate’s curriculum vitae and Candidate’s Statement, a description of the candidate’s role in scholarly work (which is typically authored by a member of the evaluation committee) and letters from external and internal referees.
Reviewers are evaluating total performance. In most cases, the record should show how the clinical care, teaching and scholarly activities are intertwined and explicitly what scholarship resulted from the work that can be objectively judged by faculty peers.
Factors considered in assessing scholarship include scholarly activity and productivity, impact, innovation and creativity, and recognition in the field.
Also very important is the candidate’s ability to work effectively as part of a research team; effective communication with colleagues, staff and students; and professionalism, institutional compliance and ethics.