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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 Term on the Traditional Track


Candidates for appointment or promotion to the rank of associate professor with term on the Traditional track must have achieved recognition as independent investigators and have demonstrated excellence as teachers. Faculty at this rank should have an emerging national reputation.

Their achievements and promise as teachers and scholars should be strong enough to suggest that they will be qualified for appointment to tenure at Yale or another major medical institution within four to five years. Promotion to associate professor with tenure or professor with tenure are contingent on advancing to the metrics defined for those ranks.


Terms for this rank are for up to five years. For this track, there is a maximum of 10 years that can be at assistant and associate professor with term combined (plus extensions described in Section III.E - Faculty Handbook). The appointment may be extended for up to two years, if the faculty member has been at the combined ranks of assistant and associate professor for less than 10 years, subject to approval of the dean and the provost and in accordance with limits on term appointments described below. Those who have held a ladder track position at another instructions should see the position-specific considerations delineated under appointments.

Appointment to this rank requires:

Promotion to this rank requires: