Can I be considered for promotion early (before the mandatory review year)?
At The Ohio State University there is no concept of “early promotion”. This does not mean that promotions cannot occur before the mandatory year, but rather is an indication that the promotion system for all tracks is based entirely on accomplishment. The Department and College promotion and tenure documents define the targets and expectations that are required for promotion and/or tenure. When a faculty member meets those expectations, they are eligible to be considered for promotion. The annual review process provides regular feedback to faculty to help gauge progress toward promotion. Faculty with questions about criteria or expectations, or whether their achievements meet criteria for promotion should consult with the Chair of the Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, the Department Chair, of the College of Medicine Office of Academic Affairs.
Do I need an NIH R01 to be considered for tenure?
The College of Medicine requires that a candidate receive competitive federal peer-reviewed funding prior to tenure review. In nearly all circumstances this is expected to be NIH funding, though other funding with full indirects may be considered. Please consult your department's promotion and tenure document for the specific criteria under which you will be evaluated.
Independent research funding is not required for faculty on the regular clinical track, although participation in clinical trials, investigator initiated trials, or participation in translational research is typical of successful faculty on the regular clinical track.
Contemporary research practices emphasize research teams, and the College promotion and tenure document therefore has addressed questions of research funding and scholarship in the context of research teams. For all tenure track faculty, it is essential that dossiers demonstrate a strong record of productivity as first or senior author on peer-reviewed publications.
Faculty members are evaluated on the totality of their contributions, and a well balanced portfolio of scholarship, teaching, and service is highly desirable and beneficial in terms of consideration for promotion and/or tenure.
How do I demonstrate that I have a national reputation?
Demonstrating that you have a national reputation is typically evidenced by invitations. For instance, being invited to speak at a conference, being invited to review manuscripts, being invited to join an editorial board, being invited to review grants, whether on a study section or ad hoc basis, all provide evidence that others in your field know of you and your expertise. You can facilitate invitations by asking your chair, division director, and/or mentor to recommend you, by networking with your peers both locally and at national meetings, and initially by soliciting invitations, such as submitting abstracts.
What is considered an invited presentation?
An invited presentation is one for which you were specifically invited to present. This will ordinarily be a podium presentation or a panel discussion. A solicited invitation, e.g. a poster presentation, does not count as an invited presentation.
What is Peer Review and how often should it occur?
Peer review is a requirement of the Promotion and Tenure dossier. It means that one of your peers should evaluate your teaching and write an assessment of it that you may include in your dossier. The assessment may be in any format: a form, letter, memo, etc. For this purpose, teaching is not limited to the classroom, it can mean many things including, Grand Rounds, rounds, or instruction in a laboratory setting. Furthermore, it doesn't necessarily have to occur at Ohio State. If a faculty member is invited to present at a conference and receives an evaluation, that is acceptable documentation. We advise faculty members be evaluated by their peers twice per year.
Which faculty may vote on P&T cases?
The eligible faculty may vote. Eligible faculty is defined as faculty at or above the rank to which the candidate aspires. For instance, the dossier of someone applying for promotion to Associate Professor - Clinical would be voted on by everyone on the Regular Tenure Track and Regular Clinical Track at the rank of Associate and above. However, clinical track faculty may not vote on tenure-track dossiers. Auxiliary faculty are not eligible, neither are faculty emeritus or faculty from other departments (unless there are not enough eligible faculty within a department).
Can I review my dossier?
You may review your dossier during the 10-day comments period that occurs when the department chair has concluded the departmental evaluation and again when the College has concluded its evaluation.
If my department asks me to fulfill a requirement that the college does not have, do I have to do it?
Departments may require more of faculty than the college, based on their objectives, standards and needs. However, they may not require less.
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