StATS: I deserve a promotion (June 22, 2007). Category: Professional details
Please note a related weblog entry: External scholars needed to review my promotion materials.
I have a joint appointment as an associate professor with the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. I am looking to produce the paperwork to ask for a promotion to full professor. I thought that some of the material that I produce in this process might be interesting to others. Perhaps not, but storage space on the web is cheap. It will also allow me to organize my thoughts better and interact more efficiently with others who will be helping me in this process.
I am in a nontenured position and I am in the non-MD, non-clinical track. So it looks like my role is defined best by saying what I am not. The guidelines for promotion are on the web at
My credentials are reviewed by a committee of
five Professors and Associate Professors who themselves are non-regular (non-tenure), non-MD and nonclinical MD faculty, plus the Chairman of the UMKC SOM Appointment and Promotion Committee for MD Faculty who shall serve ex officio and the school's faculty representative to the UMKC Promotion and Continuous Appointment Advisory Committee.
If they like me, my application is reviewed by the Dean of the School of Medicine. If I pass that hurdle, then I am reviewed by a university wide promotion committee.
The criteria for promotion to full professor is that I excel in one of three areas and perform well in a second area. The three areas of consideration are:
Specific markers of excellence in teaching include
Specific markers of excellence service include
Specific markers of excellence in research include
The guidelines also remind you that
they are neither a rigid requirement nor an all inclusive list of acceptable scholarly activities
The application form for promotion includes
and a form asking for five external scholars for soliciting evaluation letters.
The guidelines suggest that candidates for promotion maintain a journal or portfolio
which identify scholarly activities in sufficient detail to be recognized and evaluated by their peers.
This portfolio is something, perhaps, that I can develop on these web pages.
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