All new faculty members in the Clinical Sciences are initially appointed to either the Academic Clinician (Track 4) or Academic Research (Track 5) non-tenure tracks as agreed upon by the faculty member and the department chair. A change from these tracks to one of the tenure tracks normally occurs at the Associate Professor rank for those who are deemed potentially eligible for tenure. Track assignments may be changed only with the mutual agreement of the faculty member and the departmental chair. The tenure clock begins at the first appointment to any of the five tracks.
The time from the initial appointment in any track until a decision to, or not to, award tenure is ten years (Tenure Clock). In accordance with university bylaws, if the candidate in a tenure track (Tracks 1-3) is not notified of a decision regarding tenure by the end of their tenth year, then tenure is granted by default.
The tenure review process can be initiated by the department chair at any time. Normally the review process to determine the awarding of tenure begins no later than the start of the tenth year. This allows approximately six (6) months for departmental process and another six (6) months for disposition at the Medical Center and university levels. It can be initiated at any time the chair feels is appropriate
Each clinical department has a limited number of tenured positions for each track. These numbers are established by the chair and administration on the basis of financial and programmatic needs. The number of untenured tenure track positions is significantly greater than the number of tenured positions so that tenure may not be granted to all qualified faculty. Untenured faculty are appointed on a yearly basis with renewal subject to financial and programmatic considerations.
The Associate Professor without tenure rank is a prerequisite to switching to a tenure track. The change in tracks could occur at the time that the Associate Professor without tenure decision is made or later. All Assistant to Associate Professor promotions would be recommended by the department.
- Quick Reference Guide: Promotion and Tenure Policies for Clinical Departments
- Curriculum Vitae Template
- Duke University Faculty Handbook
- Faculty Ombudsman