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 The content herein has been superseded by the 2020 Clinical Sciences APT Guidelines effective July 1, 2020 for new faculty (start date on or after July 1, 2020) and existing faculty effective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).
The Medical Instructor is a regular rank faculty appointment and is intended to be an entry level rank for beginning faculty depending on the extent of training, prior scholarship and anticipated activities. It is an opportunity for time to establish roles at the institution in research projects, clinical practice, education and service before the tenure “clock” starts. The tenure clock begins at the Assistant Professor level of any track appointment. This is relevant because faculty may move from a non-tenure track to a tenure track as their career evolves. Time accrued in a non-tenure track (NTT) counts toward the tenure clock.