Appointments, Promotion & Tenure

The Faculty Handbook is the university’s governing document for policies relating to faculty, including information on the government of the university, academic practices and policies pertaining to faculty, faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure, and policies pertaining to research.


Tenure-track and faculty being considered for a tenured position may find helpful the following resources:


For individuals who have gained high scholarly or artistic distinction in their fields, primarily engaged in clinical, creative, or professional practice, teaching or research, but whose effort profile or type of research or creativity differs from that of tenured faculty. It is a high honor that may be awarded by the President of the University on evidence of leadership and impact in the field after recommendation by a school committee and dean, and the University Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure. It is equal in status and dignity with tenure though without the employment guarantees of tenure.

A candidate for a Clinical Scholar designation should be recognized at the national level and esteemed by experts in his or her field for being an innovator of clinically important research. As an example, Clinical Scholars may have provided substantive intellectual input and leadership to large collaborative treatment or clinical trials groups. Candidates for full professor with a Clinical Scholar designation should be recognized not only at the national but also the international level. A candidate for Clinical Scholar should also have demonstrated expertise in a particular area (e.g., a long track record of developing treatments for a particular disease or developing new and novel procedures for specific surgical problems).


Promotion guidelines for non-tenure-track faculty are defined by each school. Please contact your department chair or dean of faculty.

Last updated October 2022