Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee
January 10, 2012
Attendees: Scarlett Bellamy, Sc.D., Kent D.W. Bream, M.D., Maja Bucan, Ph.D., Richard Hodinka, Ph.D., Laurie Loevner, M.D., Kathleen T. Montone, M.D., Victoria Mulhern, Mary Putt, Ph.D., Sc.D., Anne Reilly, M.D., Iris Reyes, M.D., Daniel Weintraub, M.D.
Guests: Dr. Bryan Wolf, Chair, PSOM COAP (presenter), Martin Pring, Ph.D., Reed Pyeritz, M.D., Ph.D., Eileen Shore, Ph.D.
In the absence of Drs. Conant and McCunn, Dr. Reilly called the meeting to order and introduced Dr. Wolf. He stated that he was going to discuss the guidelines for promotion to Associate Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine, other promotion information, COAP resources and address any questions. He also stated that he would comment on Dr. Jameson’s expectations for promotion to professor.
Dr. Wolf noted that the Faculty Handbook language is vague and that COAP guidelines are used as a guide to interpret the Handbook.
He reviewed the guidelines for promotion on the tenure track. In May, 2010, the COAP guidelines were updated to include “funding will be from federal sources such as NIH, NSF, VA, NASA, etc.” The funding does not have to be from the NIH.
Dr. Wolf discussed the requirements for promotion on the Clinician-Educator track. He noted that the candidate must have a record of peer-reviewed publications and that all publications are considered on the CE track. He further commented that protected time on the CE track is worked out with the department chair.
Dr. Wolf stressed that teaching is an essential criterion for promotion in the Tenure and Clinician Educator and Academic Clinician tracks. He also mentioned that COAP does not focus on the number of publications or the candidate’s h index, that there is no defined criteria for the number of publications and that there are variations in fields.
He also commented on the requirements for promotion on the Research track and stressed that having a national reputation for independent or collaborative research is required.
Dr. Wolf reviewed the guidelines for promotion on the Academic Clinician track and also stated that new standards for promotion on the Academic Clinician track are being finalized.
He reported that based on Provost meetings from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, there have been 22 promotions on the Tenure track (9 to Associate Professor, 13 to Professor), 45 on the Clinician Educator track (25 to Associate Professor, 20 to Professor), 13 on the Research track (9 to Associate Professor, 4 to Professor) and 19 on the Academic Clinician track (14 to Associate Professor, 5 to Professor).
He summarized discussions with the Dean and stated that Dr. Jameson is approves of the guidelines for promotion to associate professor. He further stated that Dr. Jameson believes that promotion to professor should also be a rigorous process
It was also mentioned that the personal statements of candidates for appointment and promotion at the associate and professor ranks must include his/her key publications and contributions.
Dr. Wolf concluded by showing the COAP page on the Faculty Affairs and Professional Development website: http://www.med.upenn.edu/fapd/CommitteeonAppointmentsandPromotions.shtml which includes the COAP guidelines and additional resources.
The Committee was reminded that elections for the 2012-2013 Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee and the Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility are upcoming and asked to nominate 2 faculty members for the next meeting.
The next meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2012.
Anne Reilly, M.D.