New Clinical Sciences Faculty Tracks

For reference purposes, this content is a static archive of the Clinical Sciences Faculty Appointments, Promotion & Tenure website previously at the URL 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 The content herein has been superseded by the 2020 Clinical Sciences APT Guidelines effective July 1, 2020 for new faculty (start date on or after July 1, 2020) and existing faculty effective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).    

Overview - Revision of the SoM Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Tracks Guidance 2020

The 2020 SoM Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Tracks revision is the culmination of an extensive effort to articulate a contemporary framework that supports the aspirations of faculty while providing an accommodating structure for the APT process. The changes are intended to bring greater clarity to the question “what does Duke value?” – the depth and breadth of the scholarship that we want to reward, the expectation of wide-ranging influence reflecting our vision, the embracing of non-traditional strategies such as social media for the dissemination and sharing of knowledge, and the prioritization of impact as the key driver for promotion. The guidance reduces pressure on early career faculty to declare their ultimate destination (in terms of the tenure application decision), instead facilitating a protected “undifferentiated” period of time at the level of Assistant Professor to help the faculty member discover and define their area of focus and intent. The framework formally incorporates professionalism as a requirement for promotion and encourages “Open Science” as a reflection of best practice academic citizenship. It also provides explicit recognition and reward through improved job security for “career” (non-tenure track) faculty through multi-year and rolling contracts. In summary, the framework modernizes our approach to APT, incorporating both extensive input from across the School of Medicine while reflecting evolutionary trends seen across academia.

In 2019 a SoM APT Revision Task Force comprised of Clinical APT Committee members and APT Department chairs was created. From December 2017 – July 2019, the Task Force conducted an environment scan of the academic literature regarding APT, convened 13 focus groups of 8-12 faculty members each, authored a first draft, and conducted faculty-wide review (via survey) of the revised APT framework. From August 2019 – January 2020, the framework underwent multiple additional revisions and levels of review, culminating in approval by formal approval of the SoM Clinical Sciences Faculty Council and the Medical Center Executive Committee and campus committees. The proposal has now received approved from the Board of Trustees.

New Clinical Sciences Faculty tracks are effective for New Incoming faculty with a start date of July 1, 2020 or after.
Details for Existing Faculty are currently in the works and an effective date during 2020 will be announced soon.