Personal Statement

CE, Research, Tenure

  • Personal Statement Length: 1-2-Pages Maximum

The purpose of this statement is for you to help the Committees on Appointment and Promotion, the Dean’s office, the Provost’s Office, and extramural consultants understand your career path and your most significant achievements.  Information provided in the Personal Statement should complement but not repeat your CV. It is your personal academic narrative.

Addendum: Metrics

Section 1: Introduction that characterizes your career path and describe what led to your particular focus.

Section 2: Describe 3-5 of your most significant accomplishments since your appointment or last promotion, relevant to your faculty track, and specify how your efforts have advanced the School of Medicine’s academic mission.

  • If accomplishments involve publications, please cite and describe clearly your specific roles in the work.
  • If one or more of your accomplishments was part of team science, please describe your unique and critical contributions to the effort.
  • Depending on your faculty track, these accomplishments may include research, teaching, clinical, administrative, community efforts or policy.

Section 3: If not already described as one of the 3-5 most impactful contributions, all faculty who teach should have an additional paragraph on impact of your teaching.

Section 4: All clinicians should describe clinical expertise/activities.

Section 5: Describe your future directions and areas of planned expansion and growth in your area of expertise.  

Section 6: Optional Impact statement

COAP recognizes that significant events (pandemic, personal or family issues, etc) may impact one’s academic trajectory. Some candidates will choose to incorporate such mitigating factors into their personal statements so they are available for review by extramural consultants in addition to COAP and the Dean’s office. Others will prefer that such mitigating factors not be presented to external consultants but would like them considered by our internal processes. If a candidate prefers the latter, then please provide a brief addendum to the personal statement for internal purposes only.

Remember the Personal Statement is your opportunity to help guide your promotion review process by clearly describing and emphasizing your accomplishments. The personal statement, not including the optional addendum, should be one to two pages long.