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Faculty Appointments and Performance Reviews

School of Medicine Faculty Affairs


Faculty appointments and promotions are governed by Regent, University and School of Medicine policies.  

 

 Faculty Appointments

 

 Full-Time Faculty

School of Medicine faculty members whose appointments are greater than or equal to 50 percent FTE are eligible for appointment to the Full-Time Faculty and are required to sign a University Physicians, Inc. (UPI) Full Member Practice Agreement.  Regular faculty members with clinical responsibilities are also required to sign a Non-Compete Agreement.  Go to Member Practice Agreements and Non-Compete Agreements for more information regarding these agreements.1

 Faculty Paid by Affiliated Hospitals

Faculty employed at affiliated hospitals also hold regular School of Medicine faculty appointments; the same promotions standards are applied to all faculty, whether employed by the University of Colorado or an affiliated hospital.  However, faculty employed at affiliated hospitals may be subject to different policies, including those pertaining to compensation, benefits and eligibility for tenure or sabbatical assignment.2

 Part-Time or Volunteer Faculty

Faculty members whose appointments are less than 50 percent FTE, including volunteer faculty, are eligible for appointment to the Clinical Faculty; they are governed under separate Clinical Faculty policies.3

 Faculty Appointment Types

Faculty Appointment Types

The School of Medicine recognizes four types of faculty appointments:

Tenured appointments
continue until termination by resignation, retirement or otherwise pursuant to applicable Regent laws and policies.

Indeterminate appointments
are made for an indefinite period of time; continuance is dependent upon inclusion in the approved budget and available funding.

Limited appointments
are for specified periods of time (from less than one year to four years).  Faculty members with limited appointments are entitled to notice of non-reappointment.  Specific guidelines for notice of non-reappointment can be found in the Standards for Notice of Non-reappointment for Non-tenured Faculty.    

At-will Appointments are made for an indefinite period of time; their continuance is at-will.  Faculty members holding limited or indeterminate appointments may not be reassigned to at-will appointments unless proper notice is provided, in accordance with SOM and University policies.  4

 Base, Supplement and Incentive Plan Information

Information regarding the School of Medicine Base, Supplement and Incentive Plan can be found here.   Click here for the annual BSI salary notification template letter.  The current (2014-2015) Base amounts are:

Professor: $106,259
Associate Professor: $72,739
Assistant Professor: $63,477
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 Faculty Benefits

Faculty members whose appointments are greater than or equal to 50 percent FTE are eligible for health and life insurance benefits, as well as participation in the CU retirement program under policies approved by the Board of Regents.  If you have any questions about available benefits as a faculty member, please contact the Payroll and Benefits Service Center at (303) 735-6500 or their website: https://www.cusys.edu/pbs/.  6



 

 Faculty series available to full-time faculty:

 

 Regular Series

The Regular Series is the appropriate promotion pathway for the majority of School of Medicine faculty members, including basic scientists, clinician-scientists and clinician-teachers.  Faculty members seeking promotion to Associate Professor in the Regular Series must demonstrate excellence in one of the principal areas of accomplishment:  teaching; research; or clinical practice.  Importantly, at least meritorious achievements (the lower standard) must be demonstrated in scholarship, teaching and clinical work or service.   “Scholarship” is broadly defined and includes not only research (the scholarship of “discovery”), but also the scholarship of teaching, application and integration.  See later sections of this Guide and the Rules of the School of Medicine for more information.  All faculty members in the Regular Series, who are employed by the University of Colorado, are eligible for tenure. 

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 Clinical Practice Series

The Clinical Practice Series is an academic pathway designed for faculty members who focus the majority of their time on direct patient care and other activities related to improving health care quality (for example, outcomes, access to care, efficiency, patient safety or the health of populations).   There is an expectation of greater clinical effort, and excellence in clinical work (as measured against the School of Medicine Promotion Matrix) is required.  There is no requirement for written scholarship, although clinically-relevant scholarship is encouraged.  Teaching (at least at the meritorious level) is required.   Because scholarship is not required, faculty members in the Clinical Practice Series are not eligible for tenure. 

Instructors, Senior Instructors and Assistant Professors may not be assigned to the Clinical Practice Series; rather, they will hold titles in the Regular Series.  Prior to undergoing departmental review for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, all faculty members who are clinicians, in consultation with their chair and mentor(s), must choose whether to seek promotion to Associate Professor in the regular or clinical practice series.  Normally, they will make this election after undergoing a comprehensive mid-course review, based on their interests and accomplishments in clinical work, service, teaching and scholarship.

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 Research Professor Series

Faculty members who devote almost all their time to grant-funded research, with limited teaching and service responsibilities, may be appointed and promoted in the Research Professor Series.  Faculty members in the Research Professor Series will be supported by funds from external grants and contracts.   They may be independently-funded or collaborative scientists, as defined in the Rules of the School of Medicine.  Faculty in the research professor series are at-will employees and are not eligible for tenure, in accordance with Colorado laws and University of Colorado Policies. 

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 Ranks available to full-time faculty:

 

 Instructor/Sr. Instructor

Instructor - Instructors should have at least the Master’s Degree or its equivalent and should otherwise be well qualified to participate in teaching, research or clinical service in the School of Medicine and its programs.  Faculty at this rank are not eligible for University tenure nor does your service for this position count toward University tenure.

Senior Instructor - The rank of Senior Instructor allows higher recognition and salary and, in some cases, longer periods of appointment than that of Instructor.  It may be awarded to faculty members who do not possess the terminal degree or other prerequisites for promotion to Assistant Professor, but who have special abilities in teaching, research or clinical service that justify such recognition.  Faculty at this rank are not eligible for University tenure nor does your service for this position count toward University tenure. Faculty at the Instructor or Senior Instructor level may have the terminal degree appropriate to their field.  They may also have promise in teaching, clinical service or scholarly activity, although they usually do not have an established record of outstanding accomplishments.  Faculty at the Instructor or Senior Instructor level may lack board certification, a record of research funding, teaching or clinical experience or other qualifications for appointment at the Assistant Professor level.
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 Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor - Assistant Professors should have the terminal degree appropriate to their field, or its equivalent, and should otherwise be well qualified to teach in the Medical School and its programs.   Assistant professors should demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, research, or clinical activity and the capacity to participate productively in scholarly activity.2

 Associate Professor

Associate Professor - Associate Professors should have the terminal degree appropriate to their field, or its equivalent.  Associate Professors must demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, or clinical activity; and at least meritorious performance in teaching, scholarly activity, and service/clinical activity.  3

 Professor

Professor - Professors should have the terminal degree appropriate to their field or its equivalent.  They must demonstrate continued achievement in their areas of expertise; a national reputation; at least meritorious performance in teaching and service/clinical activity; excellence in two of the following (teaching, research, and/or clinical activity); and excellence in scholarly activity.  4


The school has established specific processes for hiring new faculty (PDF) and deadlines for completion of faculty actions (PDF)

All faculty actions (appointments, promotions, changes in FTE, etc.) require completion of a Faculty Recommendation Form (FRF). The School of Medicine also requires the use of letters of offer templates for new appointments or changes in current faculty appointments.