From the School of Medicine Faculty Handbook, Section 2.4: Reappointment as Assistant Professor
Assistant Professors in the UTL are assessed for reappointment on the basis of their performance and achievements in the areas of scholarship, teaching and, if applicable, clinical care. They may be reappointed based on evidence of progress, high-level performance, and their continuing to fill a programmatic need. There should be evidence that the candidate will continue to make meritorious contributions to his/her discipline and to the School.
At the time of reappointment, it is expected that an Assistant Professor will be on a career trajectory consistent with both Stanford standards and the standards of his or her discipline in scholarship, teaching and (if applicable) clinical care. The reappointment process should include an evaluation of whether there is a realistic chance for promotion in the future on the basis of continuation of the candidate’s work.
The term of reappointment will be three years. Total time in service at Stanford in an untenured rank is normally limited to seven years (or, with approved extensions, up to ten years).
Promotion to Associate Professor conferring tenure
Promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure will be reserved for an individual who has achieved true distinction in research and who is not only recognized as among the best in his or her cohort in a broadly defined field but also is likely to become one of the very best in the field. The candidate should be capable of sustaining a first-rate teaching program, and (if he or she has clinical responsibilities) be an excellent clinician. There should be evidence that the candidate will successfully continue to fill the programmatic need for which the appointment is made and make meritorious contributions to his or her discipline and to the School.
Application of the Criteria (School Faculty Handbook)