Promotion Process

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Beginning in 2014, all promotion packets are uploaded in the MARTA application. Department contacts who process promotions can request access by contacting marta-help@umich.edu.

Promotion in faculty rank is given by the Medical School and University of Michigan only after a lengthy process of evaluation involving your academic department, external evaluators, committees within the Medical School, the Dean — and for higher levels of the faculty ladder, the EVPMA, the Provost, and the President. Senior-level promotions on the Instructional Track require further approval by the Board of Regents.

Academic promotion is generally not a reward for services rendered, but the reward for scholarly work that adds significantly to your field, as well as for important contributions in clinical activities, teaching, and administration.

Faculty should define their goals, and then discuss their career path and timelines for promotion with their chair or the chair's delegate. Promotion is at the discretion of the chair.

Usually, departmental committees meet in the spring for the next year's promotion cycle.

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Promotions Packet Checklists

Clinical Track

Clinical Associate & Clinical Professor Checklist

Clinical Assistant & Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor Checklist

Adjunct Clinical Associate & Adjunct Clinical Professor Checklist

New Guidelines for Clinical Track Appointments and Promotions

Research Portfolio Guidelines for Clinical Track: For promotions to Clinical Assistant Professor, the Research Portfolio is optional, but the faculty member should provide a research statement articulating what they do instead of research (e.g. "I have a heavy clinical workload and am director of the X fellowship program"). The Research Portfolio is required for senior-level Clinical Track faculty ranks — meaning promotions to Clinical Associate and Clinical Professor.

Research Track

Instructional Track


New Appointment vs. Promotion for Clinical Lecturers

The Clinical Lecturer role is a time-limited (4 years) appointment in the Medical School. 

To move onto one of the 3 faculty tracks, a Clinical Lecturer would go through a new appointment process (likely to become an Assistant Professor), rather than the promotions process described in this section.

Go to Appointment Process →