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Appointments & Promotions

The process of receiving an appointment or a promotion at the Yale School of Medicine is lengthy, and the details vary from one department to another. However, there are certain school-wide requirements that apply to everyone.

All faculty appointments and promotions begin within the candidate's department. We recommend that you contact your department for information about its process, requirements and timetable. New ladder faculty appointments and promotions must be approved by an Appointments and Promotions Committee, which is composed of the dean or deputy dean of the Yale School of Medicine and senior faculty who represent a wide range of ladder faculty in relationship to department, academic track and areas of expertise. The Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee also reviews all appointments and promotions to Clinical Professor and Professor Adjunct. The Committees meet from February to June to discuss and vote on faculty proposals submitted by the departments. Appointments and promotions to Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist and other non-ladder appointments are reviewed by a separate committee in the Dean’s Office. For School of Public Health appointments, see A&P committee assignments.

Attaining a ladder faculty appointment or a promotion culminates with approval by the Board of Permanent Officers of the School of Medicine and the Yale Corporation, the governing board and policy-making body of Yale University. New academic titles are not official until they have been approved by the Corporation, so it is in the interest of the candidate as well as the department to provide all documents in a timely manner.