Evaluation of Scholarship in the Medical Center Line
Typically, the department chair appoints a departmental evaluation committee to conduct the formal evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for reappointment or promotion. The department chair may choose to use a standing departmental Appointments and Promotions Committee as the departmental evaluation committee.
The interpretation of some criteria established by the School of Medicine may vary from department to department depending upon the “local” culture.
For example, some departments may view external funding to be relevant to an assessment of a faculty member’s ability to carry out an excellent program of scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine. Therefore, faculty may be expected to pursue funding opportunities from a variety of sources (including governmental agencies, foundations and industry) whenever appropriate. Along with the candidate’s written scholarship, such funding would also be taken into consideration in determining whether the standard of excellence in the overall mix of contributions has been met.
Candidates for reappointment or promotion should confer with their department chair or division chief early in their appointment term to clarify departmental expectations with regard to scholarly contributions.