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. Research Scientists promotions require further approval by the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR).

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 on the research track 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 Candidate Packet Checklists

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.