Promotion and Tenure

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Medical School faculty members are appointed onto one of three tracks: tenured and tenure-track, academic and clinician. Each track recognizes and rewards excellence in individuals’ contributions to the academic, research and clinical missions of the Medical School. The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) works with Medical School departments and promotion committees to review faculty members who are being considered for promotion. 

The Medical School uses dossiers to consider a faculty member for promotion to associate professor or professor ranks. Departments launch the process with the first review, then submit dossiers to OFA for review by the Medical School promotion committees. These committees review dossiers in accordance with the appropriate track statements, following the promotion procedures established by the University of Minnesota and the Board of Regents faculty tenure code.

Tenure-Track and Tenured

The Tenure-Track leads to the granting of tenure, which closely protects a faculty member's academic freedom in research and the classroom. 

Academic Track

The Academic Track recognizes faculty member's valuable contributions to scholarship in research, education, or clinical care. 

Clinician Track

The Clinician Track recognizes the valuable contribution that clinical excellence provides alongside our research and teaching missions.