Track 5: Research

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This title is for faculty who, as beginning investigators, have demonstrated creativity and promise in their early research. 

Research – Assistant professor, Track V, usually requires a minimum of 5 peer‐reviewed publications on original research, important clinical applications of basic science, or related publications. This minimal requirement may be waived if it is uncharacteristic of the candidateʹs discipline. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered.

Appointments and promotions to this rank are reserved for faculty who have demonstrated outstanding research contributions and have gained national recognition for their work. 

Research ‐ This track requires the establishment of a national reputation as a researcher, especially as demonstrated by significant scholarship, publications, independent funding as a principal investigator, participation in NIH study sections and equivalent review groups, or election to offices of professional societies.

Publication ‐ Usually a minimum of 15 peer‐reviewed publications on original research, important clinical applications of basic science, or related publications will be necessary to be considered for this rank. At least 3 of these publications should be first or senior author publications in the candidateʹs discipline, or should be publications where the role and creative contributions of the faculty member were demonstrably critical. The 5 most important publications (identified by the faculty member) will be reviewed for evidence of original and significant scholarship. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered.

Educational Activities – Most faculty on Track V will focus on research. When education is a major component of the faculty member’s job description, special consideration will be given for teaching that motivates and inspires students. Effective mentoring of graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, housestaff, and clinical fellows will be viewed positively, as will invitations to present topic workshops at regional and national professional meetings. Local and national recognition for teaching through awards will also be considered in the evaluation of the faculty member’s educational work.

Leadership ‐ Demonstrated leadership capabilities, both locally and nationally, are also required of faculty in this track. 

Professor Track 5,  is reserved for faculty members who have attained national and international recognition for research contributions, as demonstrated by significant scholarship, publications, independent funding as a principal investigator, participation in NIH study sections and equivalent review groups, offices in professional societies, or prizes and awards. 

Research ‐ This rank requires establishment of a national reputation as a researcher, especially as demonstrated by significant scholarship, publications, independent funding as a principal investigator, participation in NIH study sections and equivalent review groups, or election to offices of professional societies.

Publication ‐ Usually a minimum of 40 peer‐reviewed publications will be necessary to be considered for this rank. Publications should be based on outstanding, original, and innovative research findings, or important clinical applications of basic science. At least 6 of these publications should be first‐author publications in the candidateʹs discipline, or should be publications where the role and creative contributions of the faculty member was demonstrably critical. The 10 most important publications (identified by the faculty member) will be reviewed for evidence of original and significant scholarship. As appropriate, the development and dissemination of intellectual properties may also be considered. 

Educational Activities – Most faculty on Track V will focus the research. When education is a major component of the faculty member’s job description, special consideration will be given for teaching that motivates and inspires students. Effective mentoring of graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, house staff, and clinical fellows will be viewed positively, as will invitations to present topic workshops at regional and national professional meetings. Local and national recognition for teaching through awards will also be considered in the evaluation of the faculty member’s educational work.

Leadership ‐ This rank requires demonstrated leadership capabilities, both locally and nationally.

Track V appointments to the faculty are normally used for full‐time faculty who are engaged largely in research endeavors (usually 80% or more) and instruction, and who have little involvement in patient care. The primary criterion for appointment and promotion will be excellence in collaborative or independent research. Faculty on this track must have an obvious instructional component included in their professional activities, and which is verified and evaluated in the annual review process for renewal of appointment [Nomenclature Committee Recommendations approved 12/15/1988]. However, it is expected that for most Track V faculty, the teaching will come in the context of their research or service mission. Research Track appointments are reviewed annually for reappointment, unless a contract for a longer period has been executed. 

It is expected that a Track V faculty member will be funded largely through externally peer‐reviewed grants, through laboratory service functions, as part of collaborative research projects, or as independent principal investigators.

In the case of disciplines like biostatistics that provide collaborative support for a wide variety of other areas of research, the suggested publication requirements may include non‐first‐author papers, portions of which can be attributed directly to the candidate and which reflect creative academic achievement that contributes significantly to those publications. Departments may also require evidence that proposed Track V faculty candidates have the capacity for obtaining independent external funding support as a Principal Investigator. 

Track V appointments are intended to extend the research capabilities of the Medical Center and to fully utilize available resources in a way that is responsive to the availability of external funding, creates research opportunities for additional faculty, and protects the long‐term fiscal stability of the research enterprise. Should a Track V faculty member lose external funding, departments are required to provide short‐term financial support in the University component of compensation for a limited time after giving notice of intent not‐to‐renew the faculty member’s appointment. If a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in advance of its termination. No later than January 15 of the second or subsequent academic years of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or if an initial two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least five months in advance of its termination. Faculty are required to keep their departmental chair or center director fully informed of known or reasonably anticipated changes in funding as soon as that information is available. 

It is recognized that individual faculty will have different areas of productivity and contribution so not all criteria in each performance area may be applicable. Individual departments may adapt and refine these general performance measures. The criteria serve as general guidelines for judging accomplishments in each area, and will apply in the absence of department‐specific criteria, which must be approved in advance by the Deanʹs Office.