Neurosciences Faculty Mentor Program

Basic Research & Academic Clinical Faculty Promotion Guidelines

Promotion Guidelines for Basic Research or Academic Clinical Faculty with 100% Time Devoted to Research and Education

  1. After a minimum of 3 years on the faculty, all Assistant and Associate Professors, and non-tenured Full Professors will be reviewed each year by the co-Chairs and the P&T Committee consisting of all tenured full professors with a primary appointment in Neurosciences. A written recommendation on promotion will be made to the faculty member.
  2. Any faculty can request a promotion review at any time.
  3. Ideal Situation for Promotion of Tenure-track Faculty:
    (note that increased quality teaching involvement, such as directing a course, giving a large number of lectures and running the graduate program can partially offset the research requirements; teaching quality determined by syllabus, and the faculty and student evaluations of lectures and course organization)

Promotion to Associate Professor without Tenure

a)    Four to 7 years as Assistant Professor

b)    Two RO1 equivalent grants as PI

c)     Established quality teaching obligations

d)    Established collegial interactions with other faculty via scientific and/or committee collaborations

e)    Established a laboratory with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in training

f)     Emerging national reputation verified by 3 outside letters of reference

g)     Peer-reviewed publication record in top specialty journals (e.g. for neuroscience research this could include, J.Neuroscience, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience; for pharmacology/physiology, Am.J.Physiol., JPET; for neurochemistry, JBC, Cell, EMBOJ; for general readership, Science, Nature, PNAS)

Promotion to Tenure

a)     Five to 10 years as non-tenured faculty

b)    Two RO1 equivalent grants as PI

c)     Competitive renewal of one or more RO1 equivalents

d)    Quality teaching obligation, showing leadership in one or more teaching block

e)     Established scientific collaborations with other faculty

f)     Record of training to completion graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

g)    Some evidence of university citizenship by contributing to university and college committees

h)    National reputation verified by 5 outside letters of reference

i)      National reputation verified by invitations to speak outside MUSC and membership on review panels, editorial boards and national/international scientific society committees

j)      Peer-reviewed publication record in top specialty journals (e.g. for neuroscience research this could include, J.Neuroscience, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience; for pharmacology/physiology, Am.J.Physiol., JPET; for neurochemistry, JBC, Cell, EMBOJ; for general readership, Science, Nature, PNAS)

k)    Publication of well-cited review articles (e.g. Nature Rev series, Prog Neurobiol, Annual Reviews series, Trends series)

Promotion to Professor

a)     Seven to 12 years as tenure-track faculty

b)    Two RO1 equivalent grants as PI

c)     Competitive renewal of two grants

d)    Involvement as PI or multiple co-PI in programmatic funding

e)     Quality teaching obligation, showing leadership in one or more teaching block

f)     Established scientific collaborations with other faculty

g)     Clear evidence of university citizenship by contributing to university and college committees

h)    Record of training to completion graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

i)      National reputation verified by 5 outside letters of reference

j)      National reputation verified by invitations to speak outside MUSC and membership on review panels, editorial boards and national/international scientific society committees

k)    Peer-reviewed publication record in top specialty journals (e.g. for neuroscience research this could include, J.Neuroscience, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience; for pharmacology/physiology, Am.J.Physiol., JPET; for neurochemistry, JBC, Cell, EMBOJ; for general readership, Science, Nature, PNAS)

l)      Publication of well-cited review articles (e.g. Nature Rev series, Prog Neurobiol, Annual Reviews series, Trends series)

 
 
 

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