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  1. PROMOTION AND TENURE FOR BASIC SCIENTISTS – BOTH PATHWAYS Paul Drew, Ph.D. Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D.

  2. P&T for Basic Scientists • Read the 2009 Guidelines on P&T • Check out the Companion Guide to the P&T Document (http://www.uams.edu/facultyaffairs/Promotionandtenuredefault.asp) • Study the criteria table for your specific academic pathway • Basic Scientist-Tenure Pathway • Basic Scientist-Non-tenure Pathway • Similar criteria - but differ in the extent to which teaching/mentoring and leadership/administrative service are expected

  3. Basic Scientists- TP are expected to participate in the full range of academic activities of the College, with emphasis on research and teaching. Basic Scientists- NTP are expected to develop one major area of focus: either research or teaching. Basic Scientist-TP & Basic Scientist-NTP

  4. “Full range of activities” means: Teaching/Mentoring Research/Scholarly Work Leadership/Administrative Service Majority of Basic Scientist-TP faculty will focus strongly on research, and will teach Minority of Basic Scientist-TP faculty will focus strongly on teaching, and will participate in some research, which could include educational research Basic Scientist – Tenure Pathway

  5. Basic Scientist-TP Assistant to Associate Professor

  6. Basic Scientist-TP: Time Allotment DO THE MATH:If your focus is research, you must teach. However, you CANNOT max out teaching and service without going below the research minimum: THIS IS A RESEARCH-INTENSIVE TRACK!!

  7. Research/Scholarly Work • Funding • PI on a major extramural research grant and/or leader of a major project program grant, or alternatively • Substantial and clearly documented contributions as Co-I on multiple extramurally funded research grants • NIH is best, but others (e.g. American Heart Association; VA Merit) do count • Institutional General Research Support grants for pilot studies will NOT be counted

  8. Research/Scholarly Work • Publications = scholarly evidence of research productivity • Peer-reviewed scientific articles • Quality more important than absolute number • The P&T Guidelines speak of 1 – 3 first author or senior author peer reviewed publications per year in rank • Books/book chapters • Participation in national/international meetings • Important opportunities to present your work • Important opportunities to meet and get to know the experts in your field

  9. Research/Scholarly Work • Publications in your P&T packet: • Copies of your 5 most meritorious publications are required • Must be published or ‘in press’ • Middle-author papers count, but must be 1st or senior author on a significant number of publications • Publication alone does not insure promotion • But then, neither does funding if you aren’t being productive

  10. Teaching/Mentoring • Must include • Contact hours in graduate/medical school • List of those you mentor • Estimate of contact hours with mentees • Evidence of your contributions to their learning and success • Documented evaluation of teaching performance: • Your mean scores compared to the department scores, NOT copies of evaluations

  11. Teaching/Mentoring • Can include • Directing graduate seminars/journal clubs • Serving as a major advisor on thesis and dissertation committees • Serving as committee member on thesis and dissertation committees • Evidence of community, local, regional and national education programs • Letters from mentees attesting to time commitment and level of mentoring

  12. Teaching/Mentoring • Can also include: • Service as a graduate or medical school course leader (for those whose major focus is teaching) • Teaching outside one’s own area of interest • in other departments within the College • in other UAMS Colleges

  13. Teaching/Mentoring • If your major focus is research, while very important, teaching CANNOT compensate for a lack of research productivity. Strike the proper balance. • Form a mentoring committee or, at the very least, consult your chair if you feel like accepting a significant teaching responsibility at this stage of your career will compromise your research • Directing a medical school course at this stage of your career will compromise you research

  14. Leadership/Administrative Service • Expect to have share in “service load” for departmental and university programs – less as an Assistant Prof, more as an Associate Prof and still more as a Professor • Assessed by review of type and complexity of committee and/or administrative work • Document participation and valuable contributions • Document leadership roles and/or other active involvement in administration

  15. Professional Recognition • Should have established a reputation in the national or international medical or scientific community • Participation in appropriate professional organizations and presentations before national and/or international meetings • Note invited presentations • NIH/VA study sections are valued but not required

  16. Professional Recognition Letters of Recommendation • Three letters are required • Authors • Should be recognized national authorities • Should be in your field of interest • Should NOT have hired you or trained you • Should clearly have reviewed your portfolio and have detailed comments

  17. Obtaining Letters • Provide your Department Chair with a list of names and contact information • Department Chair formally solicits these letters, and sends to those letter-writers: • Letter of request for recommendation • Your CV • COM P&T guidelines • Solicit more letters than you need to ensure you get three great letters back in time • Additional letters may be a good idea if they add significant information or an importantly different perspective on your contributions.

  18. Basic Scientist-TP Associate to Full Professor

  19. Professorship • Reserved for those members of the faculty who have demonstrated outstanding ability • Not based on length of service alone • Should also have: • Considerable time and experience in rank • Additional publications • Other evidence of scholarly activity and professional recognition

  20. Basic Scientist – TPAssociate Professor to Professor • Same “full range of activities” • “Outstanding record in at least two of the following three mission areas”: • Research/Scholarly Activities • Teaching/Mentoring • Leadership/Academic Service • Most will have excelled in the first two areas • Study the criteria table carefully

  21. Basic Scientist-NTP Assistant to Associate Professor

  22. Basic Scientists- NTP are expected to develop one major area of focus: either research or teaching. Majority of Basic Scientist-NTP faculty will focus strongly on research Minority of Basic Scientist-NTP faculty will focus strongly on teaching, and will participate in some research, which could include educational research Basic Scientist -NTP

  23. Basic Scientist-NTP: Time Allotment

  24. Research/Scholarly Work If your focus is research: • Funding • PI on a major extramural research grant and/or leader of a major project program grant, or alternatively • Substantial and clearly documented contributions as Co-I on multiple extramurally funded research grants • NIH is best, but others (e.g. American Heart Association; VA Merit) do count • Institutional General Research Support grants for pilot studies will NOT be counted

  25. Research/Scholarly Work If your focus is research: • Publications = scholarly evidence of research productivity • Peer-reviewed scientific articles • Quality more important than absolute number • The P&T Guidelines speak of 1 – 3 first author or senior author peer reviewed publications per year in rank • Books/book chapters • Participation in national/international meetings • Important opportunities to present your work • Important opportunities to meet and get to know the experts in your field

  26. Teaching/Mentoring If your focus is teaching: • Must include • Contact hours in graduate/medical school • List of those you mentor • Estimate of contact hours with mentees • Evidence of your contributions to their learning and success • Documented evaluation of teaching performance: • Your mean scores compared to the department scores, NOT copies of evaluations

  27. Teaching/Mentoring If your focus is on teaching: • Can include • Directing graduate seminars/journal clubs • Serving as a major advisor on thesis and dissertation committees • Serving as committee member on thesis and dissertation committees • Evidence of community, local, regional and national education programs • Letters from mentees attesting to time commitment and level of mentoring

  28. Teaching/Mentoring If your focus is on teaching: • Can also include: • Service as a graduate or medical school course leader (for those whose major focus is teaching) • Teaching outside one’s own area of interest • in other departments within the College • in other UAMS Colleges

  29. Leadership/Administrative Service • Leadership/Administrative Service is largely the responsibility of the Basic Science-TP faculty. • Assistant Professors on the Basic Science-NTP may have small leadership/administrative service roles. • Associate Professors on the Basic Science-NTP may have larger leadership/administrative service roles, and Professors on the Basic Science-NTP may devote as much as 10% of their time allotment to leadership/ administrative service. • Typically, the most successful candidates align their committee work with their research and/or teaching interests.

  30. Professional Recognition • Should have established a reputation in the national or international medical or scientific community • Participation in appropriate professional organizations and presentations before national and/or international meetings • Note invited presentations • NIH/VA study sections are valued but not required

  31. Professional Recognition Letters of Recommendation • Three letters are required • Authors • Should be recognized national authorities • Should be in your field of interest • Should NOT have hired you or trained you • Should clearly have reviewed your portfolio and have detailed comments

  32. Obtaining Letters • Provide your Department Chair with a list of names and contact information • Department Chair formally solicits the letters, and sends to those letter-writers: • Letter of request for recommendation • Your CV • COM P&T guidelines • Solicit more letters than you need to ensure you get three great letters back in time

  33. Basic Scientist-NTP Associate to Full Professor

  34. Professorship • Reserved for those members of the faculty who have demonstrated outstanding ability • Not based on length of service alone • Should also have: • Considerable time and experience in rank • Additional publications • Other evidence of scholarly activity and professional recognition

  35. Basic Scientist – NTPAssociate Professor to Professor • Having made the decision to focus on either Research or Teaching, candidates for promotion to Professor will have made outstanding contributions in Research or Teaching. • Study the criteria table carefully

  36. Both Tracks • If your department has a Promotion and Tenure committee, the results of their vote should be included in your binder. • When possible, have your packet reviewed by someone in your department who has been on the P&T Committee. • Packets are due to the Office of Faculty Affairs, Central Building (old hospital) 4D40, by 4:30pm on Monday, October 3, 2011.

  37. How can you help to assure your own success? • Know the rules! • Study the companion guide (http://www.uams.edu/facultyaffairs/Promotionandtenuredefault.asp) • Talk to P&T committee chair in department or faculty affairs representative before finalizing your initial appointment or if you have unresolved concerns. • Get a mentor. • Attend P&T workshops. • Prepare a concise, neat, well-organized packet that makes it easy for the reviewer to find support that you have met criteria.

  38. Questions?