Q: What if my FTE distribution varies from year to year?
A: The proportionality of a candidate’s contributions should be recorded and discussed during the annual counseling meeting with the department chair (or designate). If there are problems with the distribution, there should be a course correction. For example, if the 20% protected time for scholarship is in jeopardy due to heavy clinical commitments, adjustments should be made which will allow the candidate to have an appropriate amount of scholarship on which to be evaluated at reappointment or promotion.
Q: What would an average candidate look like?
A: There is no average number of publications. If an MCL faculty member has 20% protected time, for example, the expectations for scholarly productivity will be different than for a candidate whose scholarly contribution is 40%. The expectation that the scholarly activity will advance clinical medicine applies in both cases, however.
Q: Is investigative independence required?
A: If the highest proportion of a candidate’s contribution is scholarship, then investigative independence is required.
Q: How does collaborative work influence the promotion decision?
A: With the increasing prevalence of “team science,” it is understood that there are many ways for a faculty member to be recognized for individual substantive contributions to multi-author work. Unless scholarship is your primary contribution (in which case, first or senior authorship is expected), collaborative scholarship is understood to be part of an MCL faculty member’s mix of contributions. It is crucial, however, that your curriculum vitae be annotated to describe the nature of your individual substantive contributions. This will inform review committee members better as they attempt to assess your individual scholarly impact.
Q: If reappointed, do you have to wait until the end of your term for promotion?
A: Promotions may be initiated at any time when there is unequivocal evidence that the quality of the faculty member’s contributions meets the criteria for promotion to the higher rank. The standard reappointment term in the MCL is six years for a total of ten years in rank as an assistant professor. For many MCL assistant professors, however, promotion is considered during the sixth or seventh year in rank if the candidate has established a regional reputation and has met all other criteria for advancement in rank.
Q: What about the proportion of contribution for teaching?
A: MCL faculty are expected to devote part of their time to teaching (along with clinical care and scholar activities). Often, teaching is closely intertwined with clinical care resulting in an aggregated percentage of contribution. If teaching is the predominant contribution, appointment in the Non-Tenure Line (Teaching) might be more appropriate.
Q: Can the Office of Academic Affairs give an objective look at where you are and how you are doing?
A: Yes, the Office of Academic Affairs is always available to you as a resource, and one of OAA’s associate deans would always be available to provide feedback. Keep in mind, however, that your primary source for this kind of assessment is your department chair or division chief.
Q: Are citation indices considered when scholarship is being reviewed?
A: Not explicitly, although individual review committee members may look this up. Many factors are considered including scholarly activity and productivity (taking into consideration the proportionality of contribution), quality of journals, impact and recognition in the field (as measured by letters from external referees).