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The below information acts as a guide for the conversation with your Academic Chair and Step 3.  The track and rank information is for you explore, but you cannot apply for a faculty appointment or promotion without first speaking and receiving approval from your Academic Chair.  If you do not know who your academic chair, you can use the faculty portal to assist you.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

You can also find a printable version of the track descriptions here.  Below you will see the policies, descriptions, ranks, and will lead you to Step 3 for the following tracks:

Tenure Line
Creation of a Tenure Track appointment requires an academic chair to receive prior approval from the Executive Vice President.  Applications will not be considered without the Chair first receiving this approval.  If you have any questions after reviewing the Tenure documentation, please contact the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dr. Elliott Crooke.  

The Tenure Track recognizes Georgetown University-employed faculty members who make substantial and sustained contributions to the scholarly mission of GUMC in the areas of research, education, service and, as appropriate, patient care. It is intended for those who are dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge based upon original research related to basic investigations of normal biologic processes or diseases, clinical research, or medical education.

We also recommend reviewing the Guidelines for Submission of Rank and Tenure Applications by Tenure-Line Faculty approved by the Faculty Senate on May 13, 2015 after Consultation with the University Committee of Rank and Tenure (UCRT) before beginning the application process.

Choose your rank

The following table contains examples intended to provide faculty applicants and Department Chair persons guidance as to the types of specific activities the Medical Center Committee on Appointments and Promotions believes are important indicators of achievement in education at each academic rank. The examples given are illustrative and not inclusive, and do not constitute a formal part of the standards for appointment and promotion for faculty on the Tenure track. The Committee recognizes that there may be other important contributions that show similar levels of achievement.

Printable version of Tenure ranks.

Rank Scholarship Education Service
Assistant Professor

Defined or limited contributions in Scholarship: 

  • Emerging record of authorship on peer-reviewed publications.
  • Scientific abstracts and posters.

For faculty participating in team science:

  • Role in enhancing research productivity at the university by participating in a core facility or other team science effort or through developing tools to enhance research 

Defined or anticipated role in:

  • Lectures to student or fellows.
  • Supervision of students or fellows.
  • Invited lectures to local and regional institutions and meetings.

Appointment to:

  • Department committee on research, education or similar academic activity.
  • GUMC Committee, such as an IRB.
  • Professional Society Committee.
  • Adhoc journal review. 
Associate Professor

Substantial and independent contributions, attested to by:

  • First and senior authorship on original research published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Principal or co-Investigator on funded research projects.
  • Monograph author, contributor, or editor.
  • Invited reviews. 

For faculty participating in team science: 

  • Leadership role in enhancing research productivity by directing a core facility or other team science effort.
  • Significant contributions to peer-reviewed funded research in support of team science. 

Substantial contributions with favorable evaluations in:

  • Lectures to student or fellows.
  • Supervision of students or fellows.
  • Invited lectures and presentations at local, regional and national meetings and symposia.
  • Development of novel learning materials, including digital media.
  • Recognition by Departmental or GUMC teaching awards.

Service on:

  • Department Committee on education, research, or similar academic activity.
  • GUMC committees, such as Committee on Medical Education.
  • GU Committees, such as an IRB.
  • Local, regional or national professional society committee(s).
  • Editorial Boards, Study Sections.
  • Journal Reviewer.
  • Beginning to mentor junior faculty. 
Professor

Major contributions to the knowledge in their field attested to by independent peer review in areas listed for Associate Professor. Additional examples include:

  • Sustained role as Principal or co-Investigator on large, funded research projects 

For faculty participating in team science:

  • Leadership role in enhancing research productivity at the university by directing a core facility or other team science effort
  • PI on funded grants to support team science 

Extensive contributions with continued favorable evaluations in areas listed for Associate Professor. Additional examples include:

  • Visiting professorships beyond the region.
  • Invited lectures or commentaries at Regional or National meetings.
  • Recognition by Departmental or GUMC teaching awards. 

Leadership and/or extensive service on:

  • GUMC Committees, such as an IRB or Committee on Appointments and Promotions.
  • Regional, national or international professional society committee(s).
  • Study Sections or National Advisory Panels.
  • Editorial Boards.
  • Service as Department Chair.
  • Journal Reviewer.
  • Mentoring junior faculty. 

 

Step 3: Discuss with your academic chair and apply for:

Appointment (First time/Returning School of Medicine Faculty)

OR

Promotion (Current School of Medicine Faculty ONLY)

 


Medical Educator
The Medical Educator Track (non-tenure) recognizes University-employed Medical Center faculty members who are engaged primarily in the educational mission of the University’s Medical Center. While the defining feature of this track is a requirement for making contributions to education, candidates are expected to contribute to scholarship, service, and research, including, in some cases, related clinical activities.”

Choose your rank

The following table contains examples intended to provide faculty applicants and Department Chair persons guidance as to the types of specific activities the Medical Center Committee on Appointments and Promotions believes are important indicators of achievement in education at each academic rank. The examples given are illustrative and not inclusive, and do not constitute a formal part of the standards for appointment and promotion for faculty on the Medical Educator track. The Committee recognizes that there may be other important contributions that show similar levels of achievement.

Printable version of Medical Educator ranks.

Rank Education Scholarship Service
Instructor

Chair’s documentation of applicant’s potential contribution

Not expected

Not expected

Assistant Professor

Chair's documentation of applicant's potential contribution to:

  • Student, resident, or fellow teaching
  • Grand Rounds or similar lecture series for medical community

Not expected

Not expected

Associate Professor

Substantial contributions with favorable evaluations in:

  • Student, resident, or fellow teaching
  • Grand Rounds or similar lecture series for medical community
  • Invited lectures and presentations at local or regional meetings or Continuing Medical Education courses
  • Development of new learning materials, including textbooks or digital media
  • Course, clerkship, residency, or fellowship directorship 

Emerging contributions to educational scholarship, such as:

  • Development of original teaching materials, including contributions to textbooks or digital media
  • Ad hoc journal reviewer
  • Original publications in peer-reviewed journals

Possible service on:

  • Department, Biomedical Graduate Education, or School of Medicine education-related committee
Professor

Major contributions with favorable evaluations, including those listed for Associate Professor, and in addition:

  • Visiting professorships
  • Invited lectures or commentaries at regional or national meetings
  • Leadership in student, resident, or fellow educational programs

Contributions to educational scholarship in the candidate's area, such as: 

  • Original publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Principal or co-investigator on competitive or peer-reviewed educational projects
  • Committee service or leadership in a professional society
  • Ad hoc journal reviewer

Leadership or sustained service on:

  • GUMC Committees such as Committee on Medical Education, Committee on Appointments and Promotions, School of Medicine Admissions Committee, or Graduate Advisory Committee
  • Regional, national, or international professional society committee(s)
  • National Advisory Panels
  • Mentoring junior faculty

 

Step 3: Discuss with your academic chair and apply for:

Appointment (First time/Returning School of Medicine Faculty)

OR

Promotion (Current School of Medicine Faculty ONLY)


Research
The Research Track (non-tenure) recognizes University-employed Medical Center faculty members who make significant contributions to the quality and productivity of the Medical Center research programs. This track is intended to be primarily for faculty whose salaries are derived from specifically designated funds, including research grants and other external sources. An individual holding a Research academic title will have primary responsibilities to research programs. However, such an individual will also have responsibilities toward the training goals of the Department/School.

Choose your rank

The following table contains examples intended to provide faculty applicants and Department Chair persons guidance as to the types of specific activities the Medical Center Committee on Appointments and Promotions believes are important indicators of achievement in education at each academic rank. The examples given are illustrative and not inclusive, and do not constitute a formal part of the standards for appointment and promotion for faculty on the Research track. The Committee recognizes that there may be other important contributions that show similar levels of achievement.

Printable version of Research ranks.

Rank Scholarship Service Education
Instructor

Chair’s documentation of applicant’s potential contribution 

Not expected 

Not expected 

Assistant Professor

New appointment: Post-doctoral publication record or, in unusual cases, extensive publication productivity at the pre-doctoral level

Promotion: Evidence of scholarship and research as demonstrated by:

  • Publication of original research in referred journals
  • Scientific abstracts and posters

For faculty participating in team science: 

  • Role in enhancing research productivity at the university by participating in a core facility or other team science effort or through developing tools to enhance research 

Not expected 

Not expected 

Associate Professor

Evidence of developing scholarship and increasing independence from supervisor, including some of the following:

  • Authorship on original research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Scientific abstracts and posters
  • Involvement in grant preparation 
  • Serving a leadership role (team leader, Co-PI) in peer-reviewed funded research
  • Invited books or book chapters; textbook author, contributor or editor
  • Membership on external grant peer review groups
  • Invited presentations at national and international meetings

For faculty participating in team science: 

  • Leadership role in enhancing research productivity by directing a core facility or

    other team science effort

  • Significant contributions to peer-reviewed, funded research in support of team science 

Evidence of service including some of the following:

  • Ad hoc journal reviewer
  • Service on a GUMC research-related committee
  • Ad hoc or standing membership on a grant review panel or study section 

Possible activities, although not required, may include:

  • Research advice/training of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and/or residents in a laboratory or comparable setting
  • Service on a thesis advisory committee
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, residents and/or junior faculty 
Professor

Outstanding contributions to knowledge in field, including those listed for Associate Professor, including some of the following:

  • First and/or senior authorship on original research published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Scientific abstracts and posters
  • Editorials in national publications
  • Record of sustained, federally- funded or equivalent research support as a PI
  • Chair at meeting/symposia sessions
  • Invited books or book chapters; textbook author, contributor or editor
  • Membership on study section or other form of peer review groups 
  • National and international recognition among scholars in the field

For faculty participating in team science: 

  • Leadership role in enhancing research productivity at the university by directing a core facility or other team science effort 
  • PI on funded grants to support team science 

Evidence of service including some of the following:

  • Membership on an editorial board
  • Service or leadership role on a GUMC research- related committee
  • Committee service or leadership in a professional society
  • Ad hoc or standing membership on a grant review study section 

Possible activities, although not required, may include :

  • Research advice/training of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and/or residents in a laboratory or comparable setting
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, residents and/or junior faculty
  • Service on a thesis advisory committee
  • Coordination of seminar series or data meetings 

Step 3: Discuss with your academic chair and apply for:

Appointment (First time/Returning School of Medicine Faculty)

OR

Promotion (Current School of Medicine Faculty ONLY)


Adjunct

The Adjunct Track is used to designate part-time members of the faculty who have the same qualifications as members of the ordinary faculty.

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Printable version of Adjunct ranks.

Rank Requirements
Instructor
  • Requires the appropriate terminal or professional degree
Assistant Professor
  • Requires the appropriate terminal or professional degree
  • At least three subsequent years of relevant professional experience
Associate Professor
  • Increasing level of ability in at least 2 of the following areas: teaching, scholarship, or other professional achievements or University service
Professor
  • Documentation of excellence in teaching and in at least one of the following additional areas: scholarships or other professional experience or training

 

Step 3: Discuss with your academic chair and apply for:

Appointment (First time/Returning School of Medicine Faculty)

OR

Promotion (Current School of Medicine Faculty ONLY)

 


Emeritus/Emerita

A retiree with a record of meritorious service to the University will be awarded an emeritus title by the appropriate Executive Vice President. The emeritus title would consist of the retiree's pre-retirement title followed by the word 'Emeritus/Emerita.'

For the purposes of this policy, a retiree is a Georgetown University faculty member or professional librarian who resigns his or her University appointment after satisfying the University’s age and length of service conditions for retirement benefits.

Emeritus/emerita faculty or librarians are eligible for continuation of library privileges and their email accounts. The provision of salaries, facilities, and additional amenities, is subject to the written approval of the relevant administrative officer.

Emeritus/Emerita status does not confer the right to participate in meetings of departments or other faculty governance bodies, or prohibit participation.

Step 3: Discuss with your academic chair and apply for Emeritus/Emerita:

If you are interested in applying for Emeritus/Emerita, you must send the FA-1U document and a letter requesting Emeritus/Emerita via email to the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dr. Elliott Crooke, copying the Director of Faculty Records and Data Management, Ivan Gray, and the Academic Appointments Coordinator, Melany Barrett.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Special Titles
Special Titles are designed for individuals seeking faculty appointment with specialized titles such as Laboratory Instructor, Professorial Lecturer, and Visiting Professor. These titles are intended primarily for individuals who are not employed by the University or any of its educational affiliates and who might have formerly been called voluntary or part time faculty.

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Printable version of Special Titles.

Title Description
Laboratory Instructor

Appointment with the title of Laboratory Instructor would be used for individuals with medical, technical or scientific expertise to participate in the teaching of laboratory skills to medical students, resident or fellows. The title Laboratory Instructor will be assigned to qualified appointees not under consideration for other faculty appointment, or whose services are contracted for special purposes. 

Lecturer

Appointment with the title of Lecturer would be used for individuals who have shown special ability as teachers and hold a terminal degree or its equivalent in professional and technical experience. The title Lecturer will be assigned to qualified appointees not under consideration for other faculty appointment, or whose services are contracted for special purposes. 

Professional Lecturer

Appointment of individuals with the title of Professorial Lecturer would be reserved for those who, if they were full-time, would enjoy full-time senior faculty rank within the medical school. The senior rank would be based on academic degree, reputation and experience. 

Visiting Faculty

The visiting academic titles will be used for faculty members who are full-time scholars at other institutions who come to Georgetown University during a sabbatical leave, for specificied period of time on leave of absence from their home institution, or for periods which have a definite beginning and end beyond which Georgetown University has no further responsibility. 

Step 3: Discuss with your academic chair and apply

Special Title


 

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