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Promotion and Tenure at UAB. December 13, 2006. Objectives. To know the academic advancement hierarchy that exists at UAB. To understand the role of the Departmental promotion committee. To learn about the composition of the School-wide Faculty Council (promotions committee)

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Promotion and tenure at uab

Promotion and Tenure at UAB

December 13, 2006


  • To know the academic advancement hierarchy that exists at UAB.

  • To understand the role of the Departmental promotion committee.

  • To learn about the composition of the School-wide Faculty Council (promotions committee)

  • To describe the present process for getting promoted and achieving tenure at UAB

Academic progression
Academic Progression

  • Resident/Post-Doc

  • Fellow/Instructor

  • Assistant Professor

  • Associate Professor

  • Professor

General rules
General Rules

  • Faculty must be nominated for promotion from within their own Department.

  • Faculty members may request that they be reviewed for promotion to their Division Director or Chair or this may be proposed to them by these individuals. Generally the earliest this occurs is 3 years in rank.

  • Departmental Committees review those who are to be considered and make a recommendation.

  • If promotion is recommended, the faculty member’s promotion materials are sent to the School-wide Committee for review and vote.


  • Research

  • Teaching

  • Service

  • Tenure track requires excellence in 2/3 areas; non-tenure track requires excellence in 1/3 areas


  • At least Associate Professor

  • National reputation

  • Positive institutional citizenship

  • Sustained significant scholarly achievement in 2/3 areas

Tenure track
Tenure Track

  • Must have national search

  • Must be full-time

  • Must receive tenure within 10 years of appointment

School wide committee
School-Wide Committee

  • Single Committee to replace Faculty Council and JHS Faculty Status Committee

  • 3-Year terms renewable x 1

  • Represent multiple departments and diverse scholarly pursuits

  • Promotion and tenure decisions require 2 distinct decision making processes

New apt committee

Eric Sorscher, M.D., Professor

Department of Medicine

C. Bruce Alexander, M.D., Professor

Department of Pathology

Peter G. Pappas, M.D., Professor

Department of Medicine

David Bedwell, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Microbiology

Stuart Frank, M.D., Professor

Department of Medicine

Harry Schroeder, M.D., Professor

Department of Medicine

New APT Committee

New apt committee1
New APT Committee

Michelle Robbin, M.D., Professor

Department of Radiology

Raymond Ideker, M.D., Professor

Department of Medicine

Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Ophthalmology

Elizabeth Sztul, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Cell Biology

Thomas Clemens, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Pathology

Anne Theibert, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Neurobiology


  • F. Cleve Kinney: Professor of Psychiatry, Former Chair, Faculty Council and member of Committee to reassess the APT “rules” for UABSOM

  • John Hablitz: Professor of Neurobiology, former member of the Faculty Status Committee of JHS and member of Departmental Promotions Committee

  • Stuart Frank: Professor of Medicine and Chair, Faculty Council.

  • Kathleen Nelson: Professor of Pediatrics and Sr. Associate Dean. Member of Department Promotions Committee and former member of SOM Faculty Council.

Dr kinney
Dr. Kinney

  • History of Promotion and Tenure at UABSOM and JHS

  • New Standards and Process

Dr hablitz
Dr. Hablitz

  • Considerations for PhDs

  • How the Departmental Committee operates

Dr frank
Dr. Frank

  • How the new Committee will work

  • Suggestions for presenting credentials that are likely to be looked at favorably

  • Role of letters of recommendations

Appointment promotion and tenure
Appointment, Promotion and Tenure

  • Policy can be found at :

Future events
Future Events

  • Med-Link: 1st Thursday of each month 5-7 PM at PCAMS

  • Lunch and Learn: 2nd Wednesday of each month 12-12:50 PM at PCAMS

  • Web Site: Click on Faculty Development

For participants
For Participants

  • Please complete your evaluation

  • To register for future sessions, contact Nancy Orange at 934-8744 or