Track 3: Researcher/Teacher

For reference purposes, this content is a static archive of the Clinical Sciences Faculty Appointments, Promotion & Tenure website previously at the URL https://medschool.duke.edu/about-us/faculty-resources/faculty-appointmen... on December 15, 2020. The content herein has been superseded by the 2020 Clinical Sciences APT Guidelines effective July 1, 2020 for new faculty (start date on or after July 1, 2020) and existing faculty effective January 1, 2021 (absent exercising of the option to opt-out of the new APT Guidelines until subsequent promotion or December 30, 2025, whichever occurs first).    


 

This title is for faculty who show promise for, and a commitment to, a career in academic research and teaching. 

Minimal criteria:

Teaching – Faculty in this rank should have a strong commitment to teaching and the potential for outstanding teaching performance. 

Research ‐ Basic researchers should have demonstrated promise for national reputation, including presentations at national meetings. Applications for peer reviewed grants (NIH, NSF, national foundations) should have been submitted, although funding is not an expectation at the time of promotion to assistant professor. Collaborative research is explicitly encouraged, and the relative contribution of the faculty member should be judged using reports from collaborating investigators.

Publication – Usually a minimum of 3 peer‐reviewed first author publications on original research, excluding case reports and reviews, is required for this track. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered. Publications that are not first authored can be counted toward the minimum of 3 if there is attestation and description of the individual’s intellectual contributions to the publication by the study team leader (typically the chairperson or PI), and if the APT Committee judges the contribution to be significant.

Appointment to Associate Professor is reserved for faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and educational contributions. 

Minimal Criteria: 

Teaching – Faculty in this rank are expected to participate in teaching exercises across a wide arena. Activities may include invited lectures at national meetings, seminars, teaching rounds, and workshops. For faculty who are being judged primarily for their educational contributions, teaching awards and/or leadership of division level programs are expected.

Research – Investigators at this rank should be doing nationally recognized work. They should have submitted peer reviewed grants, and in most cases, have obtained some research funding. Evidence of collaboration with other investigators, particularly in other departments or centers (e.g. joint grant submissions, jointly authored papers) is highly valued, and is often evidence of a growing reputation. 

Publication – Usually a minimum of 15 co‐authored, peer‐reviewed publications will be necessary to be considered for this rank, with at least five as first or senior author. Publications should be based on outstanding, original, and innovative research findings and/or important clinical applications of basic science. For appointment or promotion to this rank, the 5 most important papers will be reviewed for evidence of original and significant scholarship by the candidate. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered. As noted above, collaborative work done by research teams may be counted as a first/senior authored publication if the faculty member has made a significant intellectual contribution. Full time service on an IRB panel or the Admissions Committee for one year, with attendance consistent with the committee’s standards, will be considered as the equivalent of one peer reviewed publication toward expected minimums, with a maximum of 3 publication equivalents.

Appointment to tenured Associate Professor is reserved for faculty who have met the criteria for Associate Professor without tenure and who exhibit excellence in all the spheres mentioned. The award of tenure reflects an institutional decision the faculty member will continue to play an important role in the department and is unlikely to become a liability for the institution. 

Minimal criteria:

Teaching – Faculty in this rank are expected to participate in teaching exercises across a wide arena. Activities should include invited lectures at national meetings, seminars, teaching rounds, and workshops. For faculty who are being judged primarily for their teaching contributions, leadership of departmental level programs, teaching awards, and participation in national educational institutions (Specialty Boards, RRC, the ACGME, etc), are expected.

Research ‐ Establishment of a national reputation as a researcher, especially as demonstrated by significant scholarship, publications, participation in NIH study sections and equivalent review groups, and/or offices in professional societies.

  • Most faculty granted the rank of associate professor with tenure will have established a record of sustained funding through peer reviewed grants (e.g. NIH, NSF, certain foundations with competitive award programs).
  • Bench researchers should have established a national reputation, as demonstrated by significant scholarship, publications, participation in NIH study sections and equivalent review groups, and/or offices in professional societies.
  • Collaborative work, as evidenced by joint grant submissions or shared authorship, particularly with faculty in other departments or centers, is explicitly valued.

Publication – Usually a minimum of 25 co‐authored, peer‐reviewed publications will be necessary to be considered for this rank, with at least ten as first or senior author. Publications should be based on outstanding, original, and innovative research findings and/or important clinical applications of basic science. For appointment or promotion to this rank, the 5 most important will be reviewed for evidence of original and significant scholarship by the candidate. In the case of certain disciplines that provide collaborative support for a wide variety of other areas of research (for example, biostatistics), a portion of important publications may include non‐first or senior author papers, parts of which can be attributed to the candidate and reflect creative academic achievement that significantly contributes to the publications in question. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered. As noted above, collaborative work done by research teams may be counted as a first/senior authored publication if the faculty member has made a significant intellectual contribution. Full time service on an IRB panel or the Admissions Committee for one year, with attendance consistent with the committee’s standards, will be considered as the equivalent of one peer reviewed publication toward expected minimums, with a maximum of 3 publication equivalents.  

The title of Professor is reserved for faculty members who have attained extraordinary national and international eminence in their chosen fields. The qualifications are the same as those for appointment to Associate Professor, but evidence of much greater and seminal scholarly accomplishments if required. Leadership is an expectation.

Minimal criteria:

Teaching – Faculty in this rank are expected to participate in teaching exercises across a wide arena. Activities may include invited lectures at national and international meetings, seminars, teaching rounds, and workshops. Participation is expected in medical student, house staff, and/or graduate student curricula.

Research ‐ Establishment of a national reputation as a researcher, especially as demonstrated by significant scholarship, publications, participation in NIH study sections and equivalent review groups, and/or offices in professional societies.

  • Faculty granted the rank of Professor with Tenure will have established a record of sustained funding through peer reviewed grants.
  • The faculty member should have a national and international reputation for research, as demonstrated by invitations to speak at national meetings, scientific awards, invited position papers, and national advisory committees.

Publication – Usually a minimum of 50 co‐authored, peer‐reviewed publications will be necessary to be considered for this rank, with at least 20 as first or senior author. Publications should be based on outstanding, original, and innovative research findings. For appointment or promotion to this rank, the 10 most important will be reviewed for evidence of original and significant scholarship by the candidate. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered. As noted above, collaborative work done by research teams may be counted as a first/senior authored publication if the faculty member has made a significant intellectual contribution. Full time service on an IRB panel or the Admissions Committee for one year, with attendance consistent with the committee’s standards, will be considered as the equivalent of one peer reviewed publication toward expected minimums, with a maximum of 3 publication equivalents.

The Researcher/Teacher Track at Duke University Medical Center includes individuals who hold MDs, MD/PhDs, PhDs (or highest equivalent degree in relevant field) who typically spend 75% or more of their time in research. Primary criteria for appointment and promotion will be excellence in research, with important consideration given for excellence in teaching.

Most faculty appointed on Track III will have secondary appointments in a basic science department, with an expectation that the secondary department will participate in the appointment and promotion review process. However, a secondary appointment is not required. Some faculty in Track III will have relatively larger teaching commitments, and excellence within this role will be considered.