Presentation on theme: "Faculty Appointments & Promotions: An Insider’s Guide"— Presentation transcript:
1 Faculty Appointments & Promotions: An Insider’s Guide Brian V. Reamy, M.D.Col (ret), USAF, MCAssociate Dean for Faculty & Professor of Family MedicineUniformed Services University
2 Community of Faculty USU’s strength is based on its faculty Transition after this slide
3 Community of Faculty Who are they? - Approximately 350 billeted and 3,700 non-billeted- Spread across the entire MHS and civilian institutions- Physicians, nurses, scientists, administrators, NCOs- Tied together by appointment to the faculty- Provide thousands of hours of volunteer clinical teaching
4 Non-Billeted FacultyWe could not survive without these key members of our learning organizationVisits to MHS teaching hospitals raised concerns:How do we support our non-billeted faculty?Why do they provide volunteer teaching?What are the barriers to getting faculty appointments?
5 More Concerns Growing pressures on faculty time Increased demands to provide clinical instruction in the time-pressured outpatient environmentExtraordinary deploymenttempo creating increasedteaching demands on faculty
6 Concerns led to ActionDr. Rice, (USU President), charged a Task Force in 2009 to review the existing appointment and promotion policies for USU clinical facultyDetermine if changes were needed to incentivize and recognize the volunteer clinical faculty
7 PremiseVolunteer faculty teach because they get personal satisfaction, professional growth and recognitionHow does USU optimizethis satisfaction, growthand recognition?How does USU recognize clinical teaching as a core attribute of its faculty?
8 Recognize with Faculty Appointments….. Why are they important? A significant Professional CredentialCareer enhancingIncreases career and employment opportunities AND SalaryYour academic rank = $$$Increases patient confidenceFacilitates research grant monetary awards
9 Ernest L. Boyer: Scholarship Reconsidered - 1990 Scholarship and Faculty achievement are more than research and publication alone4 domains:Scholarships of:DISCOVERYINTEGRATIONAPPLICATIONTEACHING
10 4 Domains – each have value Discovery: original researchIntegration: what do the findings from original research mean?Application: applying new knowledge to practice to lead to new understanding and new knowledgeTeaching: stimulating active learning in students; starting the dialogue at the heart of a learning organization
12 National TrendsNationally, more than 3/4 of U.S. medical schools have developed separate and distinct faculty tracks for full-time clinical faculty whose 1° responsibilities are in clinical careThe majority of schools thathave this type of track modifythe professorial title with a “Clinical” prefix such as Clinical Professor of Medicine.
13 Message received! – Action Plan Add flexibility to our faculty appointment system by restoring Clinical prefixed appointments at USUValidates the importance of clinical teaching and the Scholarships of application, teaching and integrationClarify and decrease variability in the use of “Adjunct” faculty titlesContinue to encourage faculty choosing a research-intensive track, practicing the scholarship of discovery
14 Sounds simple…why can it be so hard? TRADITIONS…Military service helps comprehension…
15 Universities as Durable Organizations The three mosques of Sankoré, Djinguereber Mosque and Sidi Yahya compose the famous University of Timbuktu. Madrasah means school/university in Arabic and also in other languages associated with Muslim people.
16 1537Martin Luther Nails His Thesis to the Door of the Cathedral at Wittenberg
17 If we take that as a starting point….. 66 institutions existed then that are still around in largely identifiable formsCatholic Church, Lutheran Church, Parliament of Iceland, Parliament of Isle of Man
19 So What Does This Tell Us? Society Values Universities and Universities Guard their Traditions to Guarantee their Survival
20 Key Tradition: Academic Appointment & Promotion Military Appt. & PromotionAcademic Appt. & PromotionDistinct ranks: 0-1 to 0-10Must have commission & degree for appointmentSet times between ranksUp or out: must make rank for retirement eligibilityPay correlates w/ rankMerit & Time-in-grade determine promotionDistinct ranks (4): Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Prof, ProfessorMust have terminal degree & serve USU in some way4 to 8 years between ranks“Up or Out”: must make Assoc Prof by 6 yrs or gone; tenurePay correlates w/ rankMerit & Time-in-grade determine promotion
21 Current System: pre-July 2010 Can be confusing – like military promotions would be to someone unfamiliar with our systemRegulation = UI 1100>>>Tenure not allowed for military faculty by lawASK QUESTIONS!Your specialty Dept. Chair at USUor
22 Qualifications for Faculty Membership Scholarly AchievementScholarship of discovery and integrationScholarship of teaching and applicationPeer Review of Scholarly ActivityTeachingProfessional ServiceInstitutional CitizenshipUSUHS Document 1100
23 Requirements for Appointments MD, DO or PhD degreeCurrent medical license (if clinician)Currently instructing USUHS students or uniformed residents /fellows at one of the military teaching centersApproval of your Command
24 Academic Ranks**The higher the academic rank the more rigorous & selective the vetting process.**Clinician-Educator pathway – 4 ranksInstructorAssistant ProfessorAssociate ProfessorProfessor
25 Assistant Professor – 6 things Clinician-Educator Pathway 1. Teaching USUHS students or uniformed residents / fellows at one of the military teaching centers2. Medical License & Board Certified3. CV (USU or academic format)4. Form 107 – by you or USU Dept.5. Local Department Recommendation6. Command Approval/Endorsment
27 Academic FormatAmerican Association Medical Colleges (AAMC) CV builderAdd Military history (assignments, duties)
28 USUHS Form 107 (Revised) http://www.usuhs.mil/chr/USUHS_Forms.htm
29 Academic Appointment Process II Clinician-Educator Pathway Send CV, Letter of rec/endorsement to USU DepartmentForm 107USU Dept. Chair Letter of EndorsementThen it is sent to Dean’s OfficeUSUHS Document 1100
30 Academic Appointment Process III Clinician-Educator Pathway Academic package submission from Dean to Human Resources>>BORCandidate will be notified of appointment by letter from USUHSAppointments for 3 years – same sitePeriodic update of Personnel LocatorUSUHS Document 1100
31 Ranks > Assistant Professor Much more rigorous & time demandingAfter USU Dept Review, it is forwarded to University Committee on Promotion & TenureThis Committee makes recommendation to the Dean three times per year.Dean forwards to Board of Regents & President for appointment
32 Faculty Appointments of Associate Professor In all Universities, Associate Professor means you have made the cut to stay at the institution as permanent faculty.Philosophically it is the difference between participating in scholarly activities and having demonstrated the ability to independently lead them.
33 Promotion to Associate Professor University promotions are driven by accreditation requirements that mandate “democratic reviewing committees of senior faculty” who comprise the CAPT = committee on Appointments, Promotions & TenureAll appts. require concurrence of the Dean and Board of regents but, academic faculty control the process.
34 Promotion to Associate Professor Although USUHS is designed to be more friendly to active-duty faculty, (and is to a large extent), civilian academic standards prevail to meet accreditation.Military accomplishment/rank are NOT automatically synonymous with academic rank: O-6 ≠ ProfessorTime demands of military careers can make academic promotion very challenging.
35 Associate Professor Clinician-Educator Pathway Assistant Professor rank for at least 4-6 yrsNational Recognition – what is this?Education Leader in teaching USU students ,residents, fellows at one of the military teaching centersBoard CertifiedCV (USU format) & Abbreviated CV for Board of RegentsApproximately 6 – 15 peer-reviewed publicationsExternal Letters of Evaluation- at least 3 lettersPersonal Statement – 2 pagesSubmit 4 samples of academic publicationsComplete Educator’s Portfolio encouraged
36 Associate ProfessorCriteria are not applied in a formulaic way – there is much room for judgment.Letters of external review are critical: must have at least 3 external senior faculty say you would make it in their opinion & institution.
37 Professor Clinician-Educator Pathway Associate Professor rank for > 6 yrsInternational RecognitionEducational leadership at a military teaching centerBoard CertifiedCV (USU format) & Abbreviated CV for BOR> 15 publications….more if multiple authors….External Letters of Evaluation- at least 5 lettersPersonal Statement – 2 pagesSubmit 4 samples of academic publicationsComplete educator’s portfolio encouraged
38 “Adjunct” Appointments Designed for faculty who episodically and not routinely teach USU students and residents. Occasional contributors to the USU mission. Senior professors of other institutions who help with the USU mission. (Adjunct Assistant Professors, Adjunct Associate Professors, Adjunct Professors)
39 New initiatives - 7/1/2010:Adding option of Clinical “prefixed” appointments while maintaining the current system “as-is”Clinical prefix = “Clinical Associate Professor of ….” or “Clinical Professor of ...” A mechanism to recognize seniority, clinical experience, and teaching contributions to USUHS when a primary focus on clinical work has not led to significant numbers of publications.
40 Clinical Prefixed Appointments - Criteria Clinical Associate ProfessorExcellence in teaching & clinical careAdministrative accomplishments when that is substantive part of faculty member’s roleMinimum of 6 years as Assistant professorInstitutional recognition as clinician & teacher
41 Clinical Prefixed Appointments - Criteria Clinical ProfessorSame as for Clinical AssociateANDService-wide or National recognition as clinician and teacherMinimum time in rank as an assistant and/or associate professor of 10 years
42 Clinical Prefixed Appointments Requirements Form 107Faculty member’s CVLetter of support from a faculty member of senior academic rank in the applicant’s specialtyLetter of support from USU Dept. ChairReview by SOM Committee (CAPT) before forwarding to Dean & President
43 Action Plan – ongoing new initiatives Develop an electronic portfolio application to ease & unify faculty appointment and promotionProcurement underway (Serensoft®)Increase communication between USU and its non-billeted facultyNew position of the Associate Dean for FacultyServe as the primary conduit and advocate for billeted and non-billeted faculty throughout the MHSSite visits to each of the primary 26 teaching sites in MHS
44 Conclusion: Don’t Get Frustrated! Ask Questions & Get Help Local Senior facultyYour Specialty Dept. Chair at USUAssociate Dean for Faculty & Admin AssistantBrian V. Reamy, MDLisa McTigue