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. 

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.

To determine what goals you need to set for your next promotion, review the promotional standards benchmarks.

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Success on the research track is a well-funded, highly-cited researcher that is considered a thought leader in their field of interest.

Some examples of success are:

  • Independent researcher that is well-funded.
  • Highly sought after for research or technical expertise.
  • Peer-reviewed research in high-impact journals.
  • Recognized at the national and international level for their scholarship.

Promotions Packet Checklists

Research Professor Track


Research Scientist 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.