The Research Track began in 1974 and has two pathways; the Research Professor Track and the Research Scientist Track. The research investigator rank lies in the Research Scientist Track. Promotion beyond this rank ascends through the research professor or research scientist pathway. Research faculty appointments are without tenure.
As the titles indicate, Research Track faculty have a predominant commitment to the research arena. There is a mandated ascension in rank — four years for research investigator and six years for assistant research professor and assistant research scientist, such ascension reflects achievements in research. Faculty members in the Research Professor Track are engaged in teaching missions within the context of research programs in the Medical School.
- Strong emphasis on scholarly research that results in publications and funding.
- Participation in the peer review process, including manuscript reviews and grant reviews.
The major activity on this track is scholarly research that results in publications and funding. Other activities include participation in the peer review process including manuscript reviews and grant reviews.