Appointment / Promotions
Note: Not all documents are required for all packets. This varies by faculty rank.
This is a letter from the department chair to the Medical School dean that accompanies candidate packets for appointments and promotions. This is usually 1 page and acts as a "cover letter" to the packet.
The transmittal letter introduces the candidate, requests the appointment, and states the proposed date of appointment.
Add career development plan for all incoming research investigators. This should include name of mentor, start-up funds or support dollars, mentoring plan, plans for manuscript output, plans for presentations, plans and expectations for grants/funding.
To help prevent a delay in processing, the letter may also point out any unusual circumstances about the appointment — for example, the rationale for an accelerated tenure request or an explanation of an asymmetrical evaluation that is heavier on research than on teaching.
The Provost is asking that additional information be added to the Chair’s transmittal letter to the Dean for appointments of associate research professor/research professor. Each letter from the Chair must include a paragraph that describes the search process leading to the candidate’s selection (including nature of the search, e.g., open or targeted; composition of the pool; information about candidates at each stage of the search) and a separate paragraph justifying the recommendation for the appointment at the relevant rank.
This letter endorses the faculty member for promotion and states the faculty member's proposed new rank.
To help prevent a delay in processing, the letter may also point out any unusual circumstances about the promotion — for example, the rationale for an accelerated tenure request or an explanation of an asymmetrical evaluation that is heavier on research than on teaching.
Scholarly Impact Statement
The Scholarly Impact Statement is required on all promotion transmittal letters. 2-3 sentences on what specific substantial impact the faculty member's research/scholarly work has had on their field.
- Dr. Snow’s expertise in platelet biology and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of thrombosis and hemostasis has had a major impact in the fields of cardiovascular disease and bleeding disorder research.
- This work has had significant impact in the field of clinical genomics; defining new paradigms in prostate and breast cancer through assessment and targeting of altered genes using large data analyses.
- His studies have yielded exciting insight into how lipid precursors can be used in platelet signaling and more importantly how they can be manipulated to generate potent platelet inhibitors. His work has made important contributions in the understanding of complex pathophysiology of thrombosis in cardiovascular disease and bleeding disorders.
- Dr. Snow’s greatest impact to the field is her findings of the initiation and progression of COPD and the identification of novel potential therapeutic targets. In recognition of her impact, she was awarded the Early Career Achievement Award from major society.
We are looking for a statement within the Chair’s transmittal letter confirming the promotional candidate acts with integrity and civility, and contributes to strengthening an environment that values diversity and inclusion and is free from discrimination and harassment. If there are any known issues, this should also be stated within the letter. This statement should be at least 2-3 sentences long.
- Ex. 1: Throughout his tenure Dr. XXXXXX has consistently displayed integrity and professionalism amongst his colleagues. He has always strived to maintain diversity with respect to the students he mentors, as well as through championing the diversity directives within the department.
- Ex 2: In this role he actively maintains the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion through his recruitment of diverse candidates to the fellowship role. He has consistently demonstrated integrity when interacting with colleges across the institution while serving on multiple committees, and is held in high regard amongst his peers because of this.
- Ex. 3: Dr. XXXXX is a dedicated professional and colleague that contributes to the institution by strengthening her community through engaging in committee work and participating in quality initiatives. She is passionate about her work and the missions of the institution.
The Dean's office would like to see the effort called out in the heading line of all Chair's transmittal letters for every appointment totaling 1.0 FTE. Here are some examples:
- Bruce Banner, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, with tenure, Department of Neurosurgery (1.0 FTE), Research Associate Professor, Department of Pathology (0.0 FTE)
- Minnie Mouse, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical School (0.5 FTE), and Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health (0.5 FTE)
- James Bond, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Medical School (0.5 FTE)
- Willie Wonka, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, with tenure, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Michigan (0.8 FTE), Adjunct Professor, without tenure, Department of Internal Medicine, Oregon State University (0.2 FTE)
- Example may be used for either appointments or promotions by changing the language within accordingly
- Research Track Transmittal Letter
This document — also known as the Three-Page Summary of Appointment Recommendation — provides packet reviewers with a standard summary of a candidate's work. Form B is part of candidate packets for both appointments and promotions.
Form B includes descriptions of these aspects of a candidate's work.
Candidates' service contributions should be described in terms of quality and quantity. These activities may include administrative or committee work for departmental, school, University, or national organizations.
Professional Work in Patient Care
Candidates' clinical service, where applicable to their role, should be described in terms of quality and quantity. You may include discussions of the candidate's unique clinical expertise and their relationship to other clinical disciplines.
Describe and evaluate the quality, originality, and significance of the candidate's research. Include a description of work in progress. Note publications as a practical way of documenting the nominee's contributions. Note service on study sections or membership on editorial boards. Remark on ability to compete successfully for external research funding.
Research Professor Track: Teaching is a required component of the Research Professor Track duties. Include documentation of quality and quantity of teaching and mentoring activities.
These activities may happen within the context of one or more research programs (e.g., laboratory bench science, social science, or other disciplinary setting) with postdoctoral fellows, junior research colleagues, or students at any level.
Evidence to illustrate teaching and mentoring may include:
- Letters of evaluation from students or mentees.
- Evidence of co-authorship with students or mentees.
- Career placements/career/professional outcomes of for the individual's students or mentees.
- Letters from colleagues describing the individual's teaching, mentoring or advising.
- Service on dissertation or thesis committees.
- Sponsorship of student projects of grants.
Relevant activities to be discussed in the narrative may include:
- Formal courses.
- Student summer programs.
- Professional programs.
- Organizing and participating in seminar series that include students.
- Educational outreach programs.
- Research supervision of students, such as through participation in the University of
- Michigan's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
- Independent study courses for students.
Recent and Significant Publications
Research Track: Include the five most significant publications of the candidate since their appointment or last promotion. If the candidate is not the first or the senior author, briefly explain his or her role.
Summarize the comments of all peer reviewers. To maintain the confidentiality of peer reviewers, use designations such as "Reviewer A," "Reviewer B," etc.
In choosing quotes from letters, look for sections that will be clear to readers who aren't specialists in the field. Comparisons with other scholars in the field and estimated rankings, nationally and internationally, are especially helpful. Avoid references to the age of the candidate.
Career Development Plan
This plan is required for:
- Research Assistant Professor
- Assistant Research Scientists
Include an explicit statement on a plan for career development for the candidate. This could include mentorship pairings, academic support such as protected time, needs for space and funding, research plans, travel, and other career development.
- Example may be used for either appointments or promotions by changing the language within accordingly
- Research Form B
Incoming faculty are required to submit their CV in the format listed within the Med School CV guidelines. Faculty already at U-M must use the M-CV application to input information and generate a formatted vita for appointments and promotions.
Bridging Support Form
Required for All Appointments and Promotions on both Research Scientists path or Research Professor Path.
The Educator's Portfolio provides documentation of teaching and teaching effectiveness for appointment and promotion. Each faculty member's portfolio will be different, depending on their work and its context. Faculty in academia are expected to act as mentors and effective mentorship is rewarded as part of the promotion process. This is documented in the educator’s portfolio using evidence of mentored scientist/scholars as co-authors on projects such as posters, manuscripts and grants, letters from program leaders and mentees, teaching awards, etc. Each faculty member's portfolio will be different, depending on their work and its context.
Guidelines are recommendations, not rigid requirements.
If you're seeking promotion, state whether the evaluating committee should assess your teaching as a central or secondary component of your responsibilities. Indicate the proportion of your FTE devoted to teaching and other education.
Summarize teaching activities and approximate time commitment. Emphasize your activities since appointment to UMMS faculty or your last promotion. Consider separate learner categories if you teach at multiple levels, such as medical students, graduate students, allied health students, residents/fellows, continuing medical education.
List your most important teaching contributions, identified under such headings as:
- Curriculum Design and Development (e.g., new course or revision, course integration).
- Teaching Responsibilities.
- Instructional Materials (e.g., syllabi, web-based materials).
- Educational Administration or Service (e.g., course, sequence or clerkship director; residency program director; advising; curriculum committee membership).
- Educational Scholarship (e.g., presentations or published manuscripts related to education; creative products of educational activity that have been reviewed for quality by peers and made available for others).
- Professional Development in Education (e.g., participation in workshops; fellowship; specific efforts to advance skills in teaching).
The evidence of quality and the impact of your contributions — as displayed through evidence of learning, program improvement, skills development, etc. — is more important than the number of contributions you list.
For each contribution:
- Briefly describe your role.
- Provide evidence of the quality or the impact of your activity. This can include: evaluations by students, peers, and course directors; adoption of your work by other schools; teaching awards; or presentations of your work at meetings.
Teaching Evaluations require a Cover Sheet. For each group of learners you taught and described in your portfolio narrative, include a summary of that student group's evaluations. Summaries should include both written comments, if they're available, and any numerical scale rating of the teaching activity. The summary of teaching evaluations used in an Educator's Portfolio must have been submitted since the faculty member's previous promotion or appointment.
Summary should include
- Type of learner taught (e.g. undergraduates, graduates, medical students, house officers, fellows, continuing medical education learners, etc.).
- Number of learners in the course or activity.
- Years that the learner evaluations were completed. Do not send evaluations used in a previous packet for appointment or promotion. These should be new evaluations.
Examples of items that you may include for the evaluation summary
- Summary of undergraduate or graduate evaluations of a lecture course.
- Summary sheets of labs or courses taught to medical students.
- Summary sheets and numeric ratings from house officers, available from MedHub.
- Summary evaluations of CME lecturers — but only include if this is the main part of your teaching.
- Individual student feedback — but only include if this is related to a major mentoring activity.
Checklist Summary Cover Form
Bibliographic Notes are required for the appointments and promotions packets. These notes provide context to the Recent and Significant Publications that are also part of the packet. Publications submitted for promotions must have been published since the faculty member's previous promotion or appointment.
Each note should be numbered according to the number of the publication as it's listed in the faculty member's CV. The notes below are from 5 real publications that show the diversity and the value of writing Bibliographic Notes.
18. Wang SC, McGuire EJ, Bloom DA: A bladder pressure management system for myelodysplasia – clinical outcome. Journal of Urology 140:1499-1502, 1988.
This paper articulates a new paradigm for managing children with spina bifida using clean intermittent catheterization and anticholinergics with surveillance based on the leak point pressure concept. These methods were pioneered here in Ann Arbor and this paper illustrates the best outcomes reported in terms of preservation of upper urinary tract structure and function.
Note: Typical “senior author” paper
22. Zoubek J, Bloom DA, Sedman AB: Extraordinary urinary frequency. Pediatrics 85(6):1112-1114, 1990.
This paper was the largest report of an experience of a common but generally misunderstood and over-investigated pediatric difficulty which we named, “Extraordinary urinary frequency.” Jerri Zoubek was the resident who collected the data. The idea for the paper, the writing of the paper, and the patient base were all my contribution. Aileen Sedman was my pediatric nephrology colleague who helped with the manuscript and design of our study. As a result of this paper, this terminology is generally used for this problem and the management follows the guidelines herein reported.
Note: Mid-author rank for senior author who wrote the paper
23. Bloom DA, Knechtel JM, McGuire EJ: Urethral dilation improves bladder compliance in children with myelomeningocele and high pressure bladders. Journal of Urology 144:430-433, 1990.
This paper showed that lessening of outlet resistance in children with spina bifida provides a durable improvement in bladder compliance. This data had a somewhat serendipitous origin. We had shown that urethral dilation lowers leak point pressure in children with myelomeningocele (paper #21) and a few years later we decided, for the fun of it, to see how the calculated initial detrusor compliance changed immediately and late after the dilation. The outlet resistance and long term detrusor characteristics were discovered to be linked inextricably. This data leaves one to speculate that the end stage bladder of myelodysplasia may be a pathophysiologic situation similar to that seen in posterior urethral valves and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Citation survey: cited references 16, times cited 27.
Note: First authorship with citation survey
27. Bloom DA: Two-step orchiopexy with pelviscopic clip litigation of the spermatic vessels. Journal of Urology 145:1030-1033, 1991.
This was the first use of laparoscopy in the urological arena for a therapeutic procedure.
Note: Single authorship with a new operative procedure
116. Baru JS, Bloom DA, Muraszko K, Koop CE: John Holter’s Shunt. The Journal of American College of Surgeons 192:79-85, 2001.
The Holter Shunt is a cardinal tool for management of children with spina bifida. John Holter, an industrial technician, innovated the shunt for use in his own child in the 1950’s. The first author of our paper, Josh Baru, was an undergraduate student we sent to interview John Holter in Pennsylvania and collect materials for this work. The idea for the paper was mine and I shared the design and writing of the paper with Josh. Karin Muraszko is our pediatric neurosurgeon who provided critical background necessary for this paper. C. Everett Koop had been Chief of Staff at the hospital in which the shunt was first used and helped us not only with some factual information and insights but also with the final proofreading of the manuscript.
Note: Second position authorship for primary author and mentor for the work
Recent and Significant Publications
These publications are selected by the faculty candidate. They should represent the faculty member's best work, and have been produced since the last promotion or new appointment. These papers are described in the Bibliographic Notes and listed in Form B.
- Peer-reviewed publications
Submit 1 copy of each publication (reprint) as part of the packet.
Depending on the faculty member's rank, 1 to 5 publications will be required. Go to Appointment Packet requirements by rank for details →
Talking Points *promotions only
This document is a 1-2 page commentary by faculty members as part of the promotions process. Overlap between the Talking Points document and other documents is allowed.
- The faculty member's scholarly niche and type of scholarship
- Professional expertise
- Contributions to the field
- Special skills
- Instructional contributions
- National leadership
This narrative acts as a self-assessment that may help a chair understand the candidate and that candidate’s self-image. The purpose of the Talking Points is to help the chair in writing the Form B. The committees that review the packet also find the Talking Points to be a helpful document in understanding the candidate’s work. A copy of the Talking Points must be submitted with the promotion package.
Promotion Cover Sheet *promotions only
Required for All Promotions on Research Scientists path.
Research Portfolio *promotions only
The Research Portfolio provides an opportunity for faculty candidates to detail their research contributions at U-M. This document is included in packets for appointments and promotions. This document is especially important to faculty in team or “big” science efforts, where there are multiple contributors across many disciplines — rather than a single PI.
- For promotions, the Research Portfolio is optional if a scholarly portfolio is completed, 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"). There is no formal template for the Research Portfolio. Team scientists should detail their role and specific contributions. List the team's resulting publications, and describe your role in each publication.
Documenting Team Science
Team scientists may also ask fellow team members to provide letters that attest to their contributions to the project. These letters do not replace the requirement for evaluation letters (Arm’s Length or Non-Arm’s Length), but they do provide critical information in evaluating scientific accomplishments.
Team science reference letters are solicited outside any appointments- or promotions-processing application. Once received, they should be included with the Research Portfolio and uploaded as one PDF document in the application.
Innovation Portfolio *optional **promotion only
To recognize innovation, discovery and entrepreneurship in the promotion process. Impact will be included as a part of the promotion materials. Committees would evaluate the candidate’s contributions to technology transfer and entrepreneurship, if applicable.Outside reviewers could be asked to evaluate the candidate’s broader impact in entrepreneurship or business through start-up, consulting, technology transfer or other relevant activities.
- Innovation, Discoveries and Entrepreneurship Example #1
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- Innovation, Discoveries and Entrepreneurship Example #3
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- Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship Example #1