You may be recommended for promotion to full professor on the SOM track as soon as you qualify. Departments vary in how they decide whether you are ready to be promoted. Promotion to full professor is not required, and some associate professors never achieve it. Trends in the BSD show that promotions are rare before 3 years as an associate professor, peak at 5 years post promotion, and are rare after 10 years post promotion.
Criteria for Promotion:
- Outstanding body of contributions significantly beyond or different from those that warranted the associate professorship, with high likelihood of continuation
- Stature comparable to that of recently-promoted professors in leading programs elsewhere in the country, with indications that the candidate has become among the leading figures in a significant field.
- Sufficient quality and productivity in contributions to our clinical mission, educational mission, and institutional citizenship, meeting the expectations of your 'job description'
- Please see the official guidelines for more information; Additional information specific to physician scholars is also available.
Note that this description of the expected body of contributions is silent with respect to mission domains (education, patient care, scholarship). Candidates and their departments/sections have the freedom to choose a prospective body of contributions to one/some all mission domain(s) that makes sense for the institution and leverages the candidate's interests and abilities. Furthermore, if your 'job description' intentionally excludes external stature-promoting activity, which is rare, you may be promoted on the basis of performing your job description outstandingly well.
Obviously the above are mainly judgments made by your departmental faculty colleagues, for whom your chair or chief is the spokesperson. For that reason you should meet regularly with your chair, chief, departmental go-to person, and/or mentor(s) for insight into your progress and career advice.
There is no obligation to reappoint or promote associate professors even if they meet the above requirements.
The University of Chicago uses a new system called Interfolio to manage the promotion process. See these candidate guidelines for more information and specific guidance on preparing your materials which include the following:
- Updated CV & personal statements
- Up to 5 exemplary peer-reviewed works, either published or accepted for publication, if available and/or publication is part of the job description
- Chair’s letter to Dean
- Grid of external assessors, their contact information, and rationale for their selection (if not in Chair's letter)
- Letter used to solicit external assessments
- External assessments
- Internal assessments of clinical and educational acumen, if needed
- Letter of assessment from BSCD Master or documentation that one has been requested (for Basic Science Departments and/or if candidate teaches in The College)
- Teaching evaluations
- Other concurrences,* and documents as customary for a department. These might include Section Chiefs' letters and reports of internal promotions committees.
Your department will collaborate with you to prepare these materials.
The Office of Faculty Affairs offers regular programming on the promotion process and other career development opportunities.