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Traditional Track

The Traditional track emphasizes driving new areas of research as well as being outstanding educators and, if engaged in patient care, exemplary clinical skills.
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Candidates for appointment on the Traditional track will hold a MD, PhD, or equivalent degree and will have completed appropriate postdoctoral training. From a research perspective, Traditional track faculty should drive new areas of basic, translational, clinical, or public health research and methods in their field. They should be evolving to be one of the foremost scholars in their specific area of research. These faculty are expected to demonstrate a consistent record of extramurally funded research, most often federally sponsored with at least one current federal award as principal investigator. CS VERSUS TRADITIONAL TRACK VIDEO

Research is expected to drive a field in significant or innovative directions, including development of new principles, methods, or technology that influences the genesis or application of information in a field. This must be evidenced by peer reviewed original research articles as first or senior author. Collaborative original research is also valued. Chapters, reviews, and other publications can support but not substitute for original research.

Teaching activities include didactic, research, and/or clinical settings to trainees. Faculty on this track should demonstrate exemplary clinical skills if engaged in patient care.

Typically, faculty on this track have 75-80% of their effort directed toward research activities. Complementing this, 20-25% of their effort is typically allocated to educational, clinical, or administrative activities.

This track is a path toward tenure at the ranks of associate professor or professor. This is a permanent, forward-looking commitment. This commitment is made with consideration of the achievements of the individual and the programmatic needs of the department and the school. Appraisals of past contributions must be supplemented by strong evidence of future contributions to the profession and the teaching program.

Individuals who contribute to graduate education and who hold a primary appointment in a basic science department are automatically appointed to the Graduate School. Those who will contribute to graduate education and hold a primary or secondary appointment in a bridge department are eligible for appointment to the Graduate School, as are those with a secondary appointment in a basic science department.

Associate Professor with Tenure on the Traditional Track


Candidates for appointment or promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure on the Traditional track must have produced a significant body of scholarship, be able teachers, and if clinicians, must be accomplished in their clinical fields. They must be rising toward national and international leadership in their areas of specialty, and there must be clear evidence that academic growth will continue, with the expectation that their value to the institution and their national and international standing will make them suitable candidates for promotion to professor within a reasonable period of time.


Appointment to this position confers tenure.

Appointment to this rank requires:

While the several manifestations of intellectual distinction are prerequisite to an appointment with tenure, it is recognized that the balance among them may vary from candidate to candidate and from field to field; there may be variation in the quantity of the written or creative work, though the quality must always be high. Unusually effective teaching or an unusually significant contribution to the community's well-being may serve to supplement but not substitute for evidence of scholarly achievement.

In choosing among available candidates, the faculty may decide that outstanding promise of a person in the earlier stages of a career justifies appointment even though his or her published attainments to date may be fewer than those of more established candidates.

Promotion to this rank requires: